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Will eliminating competition at younger ages mean retaining athletes and building strong elite teams? Here, United States’ Megan Rapinoe blows a victory kiss after the U.S. won the final match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Making youth soccer less competitive: Better skills or a sign of coddled kids?

Changing how a sport runs means appealing to many people who are invested — like coaches, parents and participants — and managing their concerns.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is known to Melburnians simply as the ‘G and is host to a range of sports including Australian Football League and soccer, as well as other events. Shutterstock

Australians love their sport, but investing in new venues is another matter

The main sporting venues in Australian capitals have had an upgrade in recent times, with the notable exception of Sydney, where leaders seem mired in indecision and political bickering.
In 2016, Norwich City Football Club was one of dozens of English football teams that took part in the Stonewall Charity’s “Rainbow Laces” campaign to combat discrimination against LGBT fans and players. Canaries.co.uk

Everyday homophobia and imposed heterosexuality in football

Football presents itself as a neutral, universal and, in a way, desexualised sport. Yet despite widespread campaigns against homophobia, deeply negative attitudes about gay players persist.

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