Saudi Arabia looks set to host the 2034 men’s FIFA World Cup.
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Saudi Arabia is on track to host the football World Cup in 2034, raising concern among human rights campaigners.
Palestine’s national men’s team would benefit from a shared fan base.
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The two football-loving nations are also political allies with a shared history.
Spain’s Alexia Putellas, Jennifer Hermoso and Irene Paredes, from left, celebrate with the trophy at the end of the Women’s World Cup final between Spain and England at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 20, 2023.
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The Women’s World Cup is emerging from the shadow of its male counterpart, breaking attendance records and drawing a global audience.This surge in popularity is a win for gender equality.
Jordan Henderson is one of several big-name footballers who have moved to the Saudi Pro League.
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Money talks, and sportswashing often works. Some of football’s biggest names now call the Saudi Pro League home.
We’re experiencing a great sporting and cultural moment. But the Women’s World Cup needs to be more than a four-week football festival.
Whatever happens in the quarter final against France, in many ways the Matildas have already won before they even set foot on the pitch.
Morocco football players celebrate with fans.
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African teams take the football world cup by storm.
England’s Demi Stokes (in white) is absent from the 2023 Women’s World Cup due to run of injuries over the last season.
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As participation levels rise, TV viewing figures increase and sponsorship income improves year on year, what’s left to achieve for women in football?
Dancers perform during a celebration in Sydney ahead of the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Fifa is facing a bumpy road to balancing money and moral aspects of growing the Women’s World Cup.
Canada’s Vanessa Gilles reacts at the full-time whistle after losing their Group B soccer match 4-0 against Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, on July 31, 2023.
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The implications of the Canadian women’s soccer team’s World Cup loss goes beyond Canadian national pride.
Canada forward Janine Beckie watches after attempting a shot during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match against the United States, Feb. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
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Gender disparities in sport extend to injuries too. Female soccer players are at greater risk for ACL tears than males and it is clear immediate action is needed to address the non-biological factors for the injury.
A United States women’s national team member takes a shot during a FIFA Women’s World Cup send-off soccer match in San Jose, Calif., on July 9, 2023. Sponsorship and marketing deals with women athletes are often performative and exploitative.
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While positive change has been seen, especially surrounding this year’s Women’s World Cup, there is still much work to be done by organizations governing women’s professional sports.
The end of the glory years for the U.S. Women’s National Team?
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The US national team is the favorite going into the tournament in New Zealand and Australia. But growth in the global game has seen others catch up.
France’s Estelle Cascarino, right, kicks the ball past Australia’s Mary Fowler during their friendly soccer match in Melbourne, on July 14, 2023, ahead of the Women’s World Cup.
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While the 2023 Women’s World Cup might be the best yet for women in terms of investments and viewership, there is still room for improvement for the 2027 World Cup.
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In the lead-in to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it is revealing to look back on the media coverage of women’s international soccer.
The successful Australia-New Zealand bid for the Women’s World Cup made much of the tournament’s potential to build the game for girls and young women. History suggests this is easier said than done.
USA, winners in 2019.
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Growing interest in women’s football must be encouraged.
Now is a good opportunity to take important steps towards transparency.
Some key winners have emerged off the field.
Argentina’s football players celebrate with the World Cup trophy after winning the final match with France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.
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During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, many highlighted the controversial and politicized climate of the tournament, but sport and politics are rarely, if ever, separable.