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October 1st, 2015

They’re In The Game: FIFA 16 Adds Women’s National Teams

The newest edition in the popular FIFA video game franchise is out, and there’s a notable upgrade: users can now compete as women.

September 26th, 2015

Syrian Refugee’s New Life In The Media Spotlight

Millions around the world saw the video of a Syrian refugee who was tripped by a journalist. But since it was revealed that Osama Abdul Mohsen is also a professional soccer coach, his story has taken some unexpected turns. Ian Mount reports.

In Their Own Words
September 12th, 2015

Landon Donovan Talks MLS, Beckham And Bagging Groceries In Germany

Landon Donovan scored seven goals in his first game…at age 5. He went on to score many more for the U.S. before he retired late last year. Donovan looks back on his career and the changing relationship between European and American soccer.

In Depth
September 12th, 2015

After Ebola: Survivors’ Soccer Club Helps Erase Stigma In Sierra Leone

Erison Turay was one of nearly 16,000 who survived the 2014 Ebola outbreak. A New York Times documentary chronicles Turay’s efforts to help survivors reintegrate into their communities through soccer. Director Ben C. Solomon joins Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield.

September 12th, 2015

AFC Bournemouth: From The Brink Of Extinction To The EPL

Seven years ago, AFC Bournemouth was competing in the fourth tier of English soccer and in dire financial straits. Now the club plays in the English Premier League. Reporter (and longtime Bournemouth fan) Russell Crewe visits Bournemouth to find out how a team from a small resort town made it to the top.

Featured Book
September 5th, 2015

‘The Ugly Game’ Details FIFA’s Culture Of Corruption

Charges of corruption, bribery, money laundering and influence peddling have made FIFA the object of criticism and the subject of investigations. Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, authors of “The Ugly Game: The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot To Buy the World Cup,” join Bill Littlefield.

3 Stories You Should Know
July 11th, 2015

An Historic Parade; Redskins Lawsuit; And A Female Quarterback

What’s next for women’s soccer? Will the Washington NFL franchise have to change its nickname? And should we celebrate the growing number of opportunities for young girls to play football? Yahoo Sports contributor Danielle Elliott and USA Today columnist Nancy Armour join Bill Littlefield.

July 1st, 2015

Commentary: La Liga Appeals To FIFA — On Its Own Terms

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

June 27th, 2015

Inside South American Soccer Rivalries

Sports rivalries often start with the play on the field, but the clash between Peru and Chile began with a war. Elizabeth Trovall has our story as those two teams prepare to meet in the semifinals of the Copa America.

In Depth
June 20th, 2015

Empty Seats In Chile’s Estadio Nacional Tell A Haunting Story

Located in Santiago, Chile, Estadio Nacional is currently the site of several games in the Copa America tournament. But even during intense international games, one section of the stadium always remains empty — a memorial to the deaths and suffering that happened there more than 40 years ago. David Waldstein of the New York Times joined Bill Littlefield.

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