Allegations in the media just weeks before the start of the U-17 World Cup are another wake-up call for the AIFF to make age-testing more stringent. Source: U-17 World Cup gives age-old issue urgent new context - ESPN FC
Forest Green is the first completely vegan professional sports team in the world, but its ethos extends way beyond food. Source: The World’s Greenest Sports Team Is a Century-Old Football Club in a Tiny English Town | The New Yorker
After a flurry of activity and spending, China’s expansion into global football has gone strangely quiet. Simon Chadwick writes that the silence doesn’t mean the game is over. Source: Is silence golden when it comes to Chinese football? - Policy Forum
Source: INTERVIEW-Brushing off abuse, Sierra Leone's female football...
Countless boys in West Africa enrol in football academies to establish a career at one of Europe's top teams, yet many of them are duped by unscrupulous men posing as agents Source: 'Right to Dream': African academy aims to curb exploitation ...
Source: These photos of goalposts from around the UK are beautiful - BBC Three
Iranian women are up in arms after they were kept out of a World Cup soccer match in Tehran while Syrian females fans were allowed to attend the event. Source: Iranian Women Angered As Syrian Female Fans Allowed Into Soccer Match
Major structural barriers to access remain in the US soccer system, especially in comparison to other sports. Source: Latinos in Soccer: What’s the US Model So They’re Not Left Behind? - The Aspen Institute
Red Bull, in Germany, Austria, Brazil and the US, and Manchester City have built up networks of sister clubs that save them time and money Source: Disneyfication of clubs like Manchester City keeps showing benefits | Football | The Guardian
The £198m Neymar deal shows how far governments will go to secure global influence, writes sports academic Simon Chadwick Source: A £198m transfer is not about football. It’s about soft power | Simon Chadwick | Opinion | The Guardian