Category Archives: Soccer Politics

L’autonomisation des femmes à travers le foot

The Dick, Kerr Ladies Club a joué un rôle déterminant dans la formation du football pour les femmes en Angleterre. Cependant, cela marquait aussi l’influence qu’une organisation dirigée par des femmes pouvait avoir, à une époque où cela était inouï, surtout à cause l’interdiction de la FA. L’interdiction de la FA resterait pendant cinquante ans… Read More »

Dick, Kerr Ladies Football, More Than a Game

While reading our assigned book “In A League of Their Own”, by Gail Newsham, I couldn’t help but take extreme notice to how the Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Team was founded. The story of the team’s conception is quite incredible given the context of what was happening around the world. In 1914, England declared war… Read More »

Understanding the Women’s Game – A Journey of Panels

This week I had the pleasure of listening to Gwendolyn Oxenham, author of Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer, as well as a panel of Women’s Soccer figures: Dan Levy, agent for many of the players of the USWNT, Anson Dorrance, coach of UNC’s women’s soccer team, Carla Overbeck,… Read More »

African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game

Chapter Three: “Making Nations in Late Colonial Africa, 1940s—1964” “Stadiums and clubhouses became areas in which workers, intellectuals, business owners, and the unemployed challenged colonial power and expressed a shared commitment to racial equality and self-determination. Football constructed a fragile sense of nationhood in political entities arbitrarily created by colonial powers and fueled Africa’s broader… Read More »

La diversité et la politique: Jaelene Hinkle

J’ai récemment vu un article de l’année dernière sur une joueuse américaine nommée Jaelene Hinkle. L’article, écrit l’année dernière, indique que Jaelene s’est retirée de l’équipe de football américaine après que l’équipe a annoncé qu’elle célébrerait le mois de la fierté LGBT. Tous les joueurs porteraient des maillots arc-en-ciel pour soutenir la communauté LGBT. Cependant,… Read More »

Euro 2016, ISIS, and France

On March 29th, 2016, France played Russia in the first football match to take place in the Stade de France since the terrorist attacks on November 13th. Before the game, the media coverage centered as much on the increased security presence as on the game itself. Commentators wondered: would fans feel safe returning to the… Read More »

Yugoslavia’s ‘What If’ Moment Lives On

In 1992, the Yugoslav national team finished first in their qualifying group for EURO92 and was one of the favorites to win the tournament.  Many were left in shock when a tearful Ivica Osim (Yugoslavia’s manager) resigned from his post during a press conference in Belgrade.  As the country descended into war and chaos, the… Read More »