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The Soccer Ball

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The soccer ball was not always perfectly round. Over time, the soccer ball has changed significantly. In the early stages of soccer, in the middle ages, bladders of pigs were commonly used as soccer balls, and soon after, wrapped in leather to allow for rougher play and longer lifespan on the ball.

Sounds of the Game

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Liverpool Foundation instructor Eddie Sullivan chats with a student after a dribbling drill at The Perkins School for the Blind last week. (Photo: Kerri Santos)

WATERTOWN, Mass. – They hear the chirping of the birds above them. They hear the whirr of the cars on passing nearby on Beechwood Avenue.

EVENT - American Outlaws Bastrop Ball Drop

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Photo Credit: Denna RoyIn September, fueled by months of drought and high winds, wildfires swept across Central Texas destroying thousands of acres of forest, parks, farmland, and homes. Thousands were evacuated and many lost their homes. Many, nationwide, opened their hearts and wallets, to aid the victims of some of the nation's, and most definitely, Texas' most deviating wildfires in 2011.

Meola and Rios Surprise West Philadelphia Hurricanes Youth Soccer Team

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Yesterday in West Philadelphia, former U.S. Men's National Team Goalkeeper Tony Meola and former Mexican National Team Goalkeeper Adolfo Rios surprised the players of the West Philadelphia Hurricanes Youth Team. Partnered with the official insurance sponsor of the U.

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Win a trip to the Barclays Premier League

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Many fans of the English top flight can only dream of witnessing all the action unfold right in front of their eyes as they are sitting in attendance. Well, that dream can now become a reality with Battle of the Ballers sweepstakes!

This past Saturday, Verizon FiOS and ESPN launched the Battle of the Ballers sweepstakes, which will send one lucky winner and a guest to England to see a Barclays Premier League match.

Nike Launches Seitiro Hi-Vis Soccer Ball

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In the world's leading football (soccer) leagues pinpoint accuracy, speed and intensity can make the difference between a top flight place in the standings or relentless pressure to avoid league and cup disappointment. With the stakes so high, players look for a ball that gives them unrivalled touch and feel to ensure it goes exactly [.


The Beautiful Game: Fair Trade And Soccer

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TSG's Beautiful Game Series explores how soccer brings about social change around the globe.

Here is Senda Athletics founder Santiago Halty

"The Beautiful Game" would not exist without a soccer ball. Something so simple can bring so many people so much joy.

The Fair Trade Way

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Santiago Halty learns to stitch soccer balls on a recent trip to Pakistan for Senda. Santiago Halty pondered the question deeply. He was fresh out of college and the pursuit of soccer, which played an unmistakable part in his life, weighed heavily on his future plans. He could play it, certainly. After all, he'd done so competitively in leagues on two continents.

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What should Beckham's punishment be?

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David Beckham lost his cool, and now we will find out just how much Major League Soccer is willing to let its biggest star get away with.

In case you missed it, Beckham deliberately kicked not one, but two soccer balls at San Jose's Sam Cronin as Cronin lay on the ground late in Saturday's LA Galaxy-Earthquake match.

Beckham plays musical balls with Samsung Galaxy Note in new Olympics Ad

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is a powerful smartphone that doubles as a tablet and when it comes to the London 2012 Olympics, it even has David Beckham using (and composing music with) the device.

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Is it Time for Gay Soccer Players to Come Out?

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Italian striker, Antonio Cassano, may be good at opening up defenses, but opening up his big mouth is a problem. His dumb comments on gay soccer players drew derision at Euro 2012 earlier this month. He hoped there were no "queers" on the Italian team. Later, he issued the predictable mea culpa apology, most likely written by someone skilled in the verse of damage control.

Will Violence Become a Bigger Disruption to Mexico's First Division?

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Video Above: Mayhem with fans begins around the 2-minute mark.

Around the world, the Mexican First Division is respected as a talented league with tough competition from top to bottom. Soccer is Mexico's pasttime.

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Bibs, Cones and Sticks...Oh My!

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Needless to say, the U.S. WNT (and all U.S. Soccer teams) are "dressed to the nines" when it comes to training equipment.

Thanks to our partners Nike and Kwik Goal for providing the absolute best to allow the U.S. team to train at its peak!

But U.S. equipment manager Matt Owens is taking it to another level, giving head coach Pia Sundhage and the coaches a one-stop shopping area for anything they might need during training.

Sounders/America SCORES fundraiser tomorrow - Zakuani to appear

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Editor's note: I added this to the FP because I thought there were enough big names that it could be pretty fun. - Jeremiah

Thought I would share this email I received from the Sounders about a fundraising event for America SCORES happening Thursday in Ballard. Prize drawings and appearances by Steve Zakuani, Brad Evans, Sigi Schmid, Adrian Hanauer and the USOC trophy.

Joplin Athletic Boosters Lose Source of Income

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From the Joplin Globe JHS Athletic Boosters lose sources of income in tornado

When the roof of Kaminsky Gymnasium collapsed during the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, the Joplin High School Athletic Boosters lost tens of thousands of dollars of equipment that had been donated to the athletic department in recent years.

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Bring the English Pub to Your Own Home

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While Soccer still isn't the USA's most popular sport, it's definitely gaining popularity on this side of the pond. Years ago, men were building in-home bars with NFL and NBA logos, but today, more and more guys are focusing on their favorite soccer teams as the theme of their man caves. While adding a whole English-style soccer pub to your basement might be out of budget, the following tips offer some affordable tips to making your man cave the pub your buddies having been longing for to watch the next World Cup.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid As Explained By A Trite Journalist

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So, in case you have resided in a cave on the large rock in outer space formerly known as planet Pluto, Real Madrid played Barcelona in the 2nd leg of the Copa del Rey. Based on secondhand accounts, 'twas a most enjoyable spectacle. Teams scored goals. Teams kicked soccer balls. Teams ran. At the end of 90 minutes, the two teams tied 2-2.

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Hooligans in Rochester Have a Ball

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Hooligans in Rochester Have a Ball

By: Shane Badger

The Rochester chapter of the American Outlaws (AO) sponsored the first annual Western New York Soccer Supporters Ball, held at Matt Wambach's infamous Back Nine Grill in Rochester, New York Saturday evening.

A Very Happy Thanksgiving To You From TSG

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A wonderful day to remember and thank everyone that cares about you, makes you better, helps you out.

A happy Thanksgiving to you. A few motion pics here that just seemed appropriate for the day and sentiment.



Below is a list of just some great groups that many others are already thankful for.

The Beautiful Game: It’s Not Really About “On” The Pitch

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The Beautiful Game series explores how soccer makes a difference around the globe.

Been a very emotional week here at TSG and we are tardy in following up on our The Beautiful Game series.

Good news this month....the super touching Freddy Fund is about to break ground on their field that story.

Alex Morgan


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The Women's National Team has returned to the United States and made their first stop in New York City. They received a very welcome homecoming, and fans greeted the team as they arrived in Times Square.

Although the tournament is all wrapped up, the team is busy visiting your favorite news and entertainment shows to talk about their experience at the Women's World Cup in Germany.

WNT Player Profile: Loyden and Barnhart

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We don't believe we've put up this WNT Player Profile, so here are the USA's back-up goalkeepers Jill Loyden and Nicole Barnhart, who as you will see, like to have a lot of fun, whether it's getting drilled by soccer balls during training or doing crosswords, and you'll find out why forward Alex Morgan will not be the team's emergency goalkeeper.

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The Male Gaze and the Women’s World Cup

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My recent post on Louisa Necib has been the most read popular I've ever written on this blog. That's a great testament to the burst of interest this Women's World Cup has generated around the world. (France's semi-final game, for instance, attracted 4 million viewers in a country that has been very slow to adopt women's football).

Louisa Necib, Algeria, and the Redemption of French Football

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Watching the France-Canada game of the Women's World Cup yesterday, I was exhilarated by the playing of the French side. Their dominance in the game was a surprise to many, and to me, and also a little ghostly: suddenly, I was watching the sort of flowing, graceful, entertaining French football which for the past years had existed mainly in my imagination.

The Rest

A conversation with the Union Analysis Staff

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Brotherly Game spoke with BJ Callaghan and Garrison Draper about the use of data and analysis inside the Union organization. We discuss the tools used in the signing of Fernando Aristeguieta, the post game analysis process and the future of GPS trackers inside of soccer balls.

Around the world the use of data analysis to influence soccer decisions is a rapidly evolving science.

Help Charity Ball change lives and win signed Michael Bradley USMNT gear

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A ball can change everything

Ever notice when you are playing soccer or just messing around with a soccer ball that everything else fades away? It's just you and the ball, and anything is possible. Winning the Champions League with a perfectly taken free kick? Done. Combining with Messi for another highlight reel goal?

High School Boy’s Soccer Roundup

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Soccer balls were flying in the wind last nightat local Ozark's high school boy's soccer games. Here are a few of the scores:

Ozark 5 West Plains1 Ozark (11-10)will play Waynesville at home on 10/25/12. West Plains (4-18)hosts Osage on 10/19/12.

Show Me The Money -The Myths & Realities Of Club Sponsorship, Administration & Grants

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Soccer Support was created out of the desire to help the sport realize its potential in the U.S.

Focused on growing the grassroots of the game we are looking to help clubs become more sustainable and provide mentorship and advice for them to all become cutting edge, 21st century clubs.

We know the majority of club administrators & coaches put in countless hours in a volunteer capacity and that future planning sometimes comes second to the day-to-day operations of the club.

Kickers new logo: Good or Bad?

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In what has become a somewhat regular occurrence for professional and sudo-professional sports clubs, the Richmond Kickers have released a new logo. The launch is part of the celebration of the 20-year history of the Kickers organization.

At first glance I couldn't help notice the "K" (for Kickers obviously) in the center of the new logo looks as if it where made from pinball paddles.

Mitts: Beep Test Warrior

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The beginning of a U.S. WNT camp inevitably features the Beep Test, the USA's endurance/fitness test that involves running back and forth between cones -- and beeps -- with the time between beeps getting shorter as the players advance through the test. Suffice it to say, it hurts, but the U.

U.S. U-20s Tour the USS Bonhomme Richard

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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nathan J. Lang/Released)

Speaking of the U.S. Women's Youth Teams, the U.S. Under-20s are also training in San Diego (a big Navy city) and got the opportunity to tour the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bonhomme Richard. As the players and the sailors are both representing their country, this seemed like a natural fit.

Martin steers Ohio Wesleyan through adversity en route to National Title

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Dr. Jay Martin and his Ohio Wesleyan team went on an amazing journey this season, which culminated with a National Championship on Sunday.

The story to get there was amazing, and a tremendous tribute to Martin's ability to keep his players focused on the process and to not get distracted when adversity struck during the week leading to the Final.

The Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Sounders teamed up have some animals play with soccer balls. Who...

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The Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Sounders teamed up have some animals play with soccer balls. Who doesn't like big cats, wolves, bears and a miniture donkey with the game we love?

Read their blog entry on the subject.

Oh, and go to the zoo as an adult some time. I went with my dad over the summer and it was a cool way to remember youth, but learn some stuff.

Martin is model of how to coach the right way

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Dr. Jay Martin is more than men's soccer coach at Ohio Wesleyan University, or the man on the verge of having the most wins in college soccer history.

Jay is an institution when it comes to coaching and leadership, and clearly is a model of understands the significance of enriching his student-athletes holds more value than winning or losing soccer matches.

Information For Fans Going To Real Madrid Vs Philadelphia Union: Septa, Lincoln Financial Field

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[UPDATE: "Due to the heat, sealed water bottles are permitted for tonight's match." - Philadelphia Union"]

Here's all of the relevant information for Philadelphia Union (or Real Madrid) fans for tonight's game at Lincoln Financial Field...

There will be three events tonight. The Philadelphia Phillies are playing at 4:10 tonight, Rihanna is at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 and then the Union and Madrid at 9.