Outside the main gates of Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, there is a statue of the captain of Brazil’s first World Cup-winning football team, Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini. Cast in bronze, the defender stands atop a vast sphere, with a ball tucked under his left hand and a trophy held aloft in his right. Read more.
The Women’s World Cup attracted a record number of viewers, putting to bed the idea that nobody cares about the women’s game. In the United States, they welcomed home their champion team with a ticker-tape parade. Read more.
Peruana fùtbolistas often face resistance from family, but the sport has proved to be an extremely effective tool for empowering communities. Read more.
What’s it like to be a female footballer in a World Cup host country? Read more.
Visibility is crucial to the LGBTQ rights movement, perhaps nowhere more than in the sports world where entire system is based on the tidy (but inaccurate) idea of the gender binary. Read more.
What’s it like to be a female footballer (soccer player) in Mexico? That’s the question I was trying to answer in the summer of 2014. Read more.
At The New Civil Rights Movement, I’ve covered topics like the 2012 London Olympics, the 2012 Homeless World Cup, and the 2013 Super Bowl. Read more.
Despite the persistent myths about women’s soccer being an unmarketable sport, the stadium sold out in minutes. Read more.