Soccer School Sparks Controversy in Kyrgyzstan
By Colleen Wood
FC Barcelona visited Kyrgyzstan to inaugurate two new football academies. Japarov is touchy about investigations into how the schools are funded.
The Politics and Geopolitics of Women’s Sport in the Pacific
By Patricia O’Brien
The lack of Pacific women in Australian and New Zealand stadiums speaks to something amiss with Australia’s sports diplomacy.
Why Can’t a Nation of 276 Million People Field a Decent Soccer Team?
By William Yuen Yee
Despite the Indonesian public's passion for the world game, the "Red and White" have consistently under-performed on the global stage.
Stadium Tragedy Exposes Indonesia’s Troubled Soccer History
By John Duerden
Indonesia is one of the most dangerous countries in which to attend a game. At least 125 people died after a stampede at a recent game.
Is Southeast Asian Football Finally On The Cusp Of Success?
By David Hutt
After years of under-performance, green shoots are visible both in the region's domestic leagues and at the national level.
Sports Behind Closed Doors: Lessons from the Koreas
By Layne Vandenberg
Post-COVID sports may resemble the October 2019 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the men’s national teams from North and South Korea.
East Asian Footballers Make Their Way West
By Layne Vandenberg
Football transfer markets look east as East Asian players are making names for themselves in Europe’s top leagues.
Football Leaks: The Kazakh Connection
By Paolo Sorbello
A Kazakh family is at the center of a scandal that unveiled murky deals in the global world of football.
Australia Wins Asian Cup, Discovers Soccer
By Helen Clark
Football – known as soccer locally – gets a new lease of life in Australia after a successful tournament.
Could Qatar Lose the World Cup?
By Samuel Chi
Is FIFA finally ready to yank the World Cup away from its controversial 2022 host nation?
World Cup Hopes Hang in the Balance for Japan, Australia
Japan and Australia had their World Cup hopes put on hold last night by Jordan and Oman.
Shinji Kagawa’s Historic Hat-Trick
Shinji Kagawa becomes the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in the English Premier League.