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'It may take 10 years to tackle football's lack of diversity' - FA Council member Rimla Akhtar
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted November 12, 2014 at 8:54pm

Five months ago, Rimla Akhtar became the first Muslim woman on the FA Council. In a body which Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, says is “overwhelmingly male and white”, Akhtar is seen as the ideal role model for the Asian community....more

Is It Worth It: Her Choice
by SportyEsquire
posted December 12, 2013 at 9:02pm

Last week, I published the first of part of this two-part series on the utility of women’s sports programs in college.  In part I, I reached the conclusion that, for the institutions, the value in women’s sports, in the form of institut...more

Are the Doncaster Belles being punished for their history? Or for the history of women's football?
by From A Left Wing
posted June 15, 2013 at 11:07am

Moira Lovell, "John and Precious" from Stand Your GroundDoncaster Rover Belles players and their coachThe unfairness of discrimination can be so lacerating, so outrageous that you hesitate to speak directly to the experience of it. Once you start, you are...more

Topical Gear Gives Female Athletes a Competitive Advantage on the Field in Preventing ACL Injuries
by Michelle Meier
posted May 18, 2013 at 9:12am

ACL injuries are one of the most devastating and long-term injuries athletes can endure and females specifically are eight times more likely to sustain ACL tears due to anatomical and hormonal differences than males....more

Palestine Women's Team in line for FIFA development boost
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted March 29, 2013 at 9:21pm

Football development in Palestine is set to take the spotlight with the official inauguration of four Goal projects, incorporating an overall FIFA investment of approximately USD $4,500,000, scheduled for next summer.In addition to Goal project ...more

A Conversation With Your Next Week Self (@TiffanyWeimer blog)
by Tiffany Weimer
posted February 18, 2013 at 8:43am

As I was sitting on the plane from Newark to Amsterdam, beginning my journey back to Hjørring for the second part of the season, so many thoughts went through my head. I was having what I like to call unorganized thoughts, or mixed emotions. For ...more

Arab Women Springing.... into Football Stadiums for Gulf Cup of Nations
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted January 28, 2013 at 8:02am

BY: SHIREEN AHMEDBahrain recently hosted the 21st Gulf Cup of Nations. A grand tournament involving eight teams from the Middle East.The Emirati victors beat the talented Iraqi squad for a 2-1 win. They emerged glorious and jubilant. A nation of fans chee...more

MWIS Writer Shireen Ahmed Selected for The Best of Football Writing in 2012
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted January 16, 2013 at 8:29am

Shireen Ahmed's article "Off-Record but on-Field: Veil, Burka, Babushka or Bedsheet?" is selected as one of the Most Compelling writings on football. Congrats Shireen!Who is Shireen Ahmed: Shireen Ahmed is a frontline worker in Social Servi...more

Middle East soccer associations campaign for women’s right to play
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted January 14, 2013 at 6:40pm

By James M. DorseyMiddle Eastern soccer associations have launched a campaign to put women’s soccer on par with men’s football in a region in which a woman’s right to play and pursue an athletic career remains controversial and at a time...more

CanWNT announces Four Nations Tournament roster
by All White Kit
posted January 5, 2013 at 9:17am

The Canadian Women’s National Team is kicking off the 2013 season with the Yongchuan Cup – Four Nations Women’s Tournament. Head coach John Herdman selected a 21-player travel roster, announced Friday afternoon. Players will travel to China on Sun...more

Top Ten CanWNT Related Moments of 2012
by All White Kit
posted January 1, 2013 at 9:50am

  2012 can be looked back upon as a marquee year for the Canadian Women’s National Team. What began with tempered expectations of the team’s potential success as a result of their ill fated 2011 Women’s World Cup exploded into medi...more

How (Ocho) Got Her Groove Back (@TiffanyWeimer blog)
by Tiffany Weimer
posted October 24, 2012 at 7:25pm

I just finished the book Shine: How to Survive and Thrive at Work by Chris Barez-Brown and have some thoughts. As always.  For those looking for a quick, easy read, it’s perfect. It talks about upping your ‘Elvis factor’, whic...more

Play like a Girl in Iran... just don't watch like one.
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted October 21, 2012 at 8:22am

BY: SHIREEN AHMEDThe colourful world of football is composed of players, coaches, teams and most importantly fans. The loyalty and passion of global football fans is unparalleled. Their energy, support are motivating factors for the players and their pres...more

World Cup qualifier: A battle for Iranian women’s rights
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted October 19, 2012 at 7:58am

By James M. DorseyFatma Iktasari second from left) and Shabnam Kazimi (second from right) defy ban on women (Source:  http://bahal31.persianblog.ir)When Iran beat favourite South Korea this week in a 2014 World Cup qualifier, it was not the only...more

Sinclair suspended 4 games & fined $3,500 by FIFA
by All White Kit
posted October 13, 2012 at 10:29am

  More than two months after the notorious Olympic semi-final match between Canada and the United States, FIFA is issuing a 4 game suspension and $3,500 fine to Christine Sinclair. The 29-year-old CanWNT captain was sanctioned by the FIFA Disciplin...more

List of Ridiculousness-Part 2 (@TiffanyWeimer blog)
by Tiffany Weimer
posted October 11, 2012 at 6:55pm

Since the last time I wrote List of Ridiculousness (which wasn’t really ridiculous), many things have happened in my life and with that said, I’d like to present to you, List of Ridiculousness Part 2 (which isn’t really ridiculous). ...more

Playlist: What Do the World’s Best Female Soccer Players Listen To?
by Pretty Tough
posted September 14, 2012 at 9:55am

  If you’ve wondered what Alex Morgan has playing on her iPod or what music Megan Rapinoe dances to in the locker room, wonder no more. How about what Swedish National Team Captain, Caroline Seger, is blasting in her headphones? Or what five-t...more

South Asian Football Federation Women's Tournament a HUGE score!
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted September 10, 2012 at 7:38am

By: Shireen AhmedAs the world watches Women's Soccer explode on the International Stage, there in an incredible opportunity  for Women's of less wealthy nations to compete for the first time in the South Asian Football Federation's Women's Cup. ...more

Field of Dreams (Soccer Style)
by Draft Day Suit
posted September 8, 2012 at 12:30am

So it apparently doesn’t just happen in the movies… It’s one of the most dreamed-about scenarios to any sports fan; you’re in the stands, watching your favorite team play and suddenly, due to injuries or some other freakish accid...more

Soccer Powerhouse AC Milan Inks Deal With 10-Year-Old Girl
by Pretty Tough
posted August 25, 2012 at 9:27pm

Every soccer-crazy kid has the same dream – you’re on holiday kicking the ball around and a scout from a big club scouts you. For for ten-year-old Aisha Saini of Scotland, that dream came true while she was in Spain on a summer vacation with h...more

UEFA Champions League Round of 32/16 Draw Announced
by All White Kit
posted August 23, 2012 at 9:17pm

  I don’t have too much time to go in depth right now, but I will try to give you a preview of all the ties before they commence in late September. Here’s the draw, with the seeded team listed on the right: Of note: PK-35 Vantaa (Fin...more

UEFA Champions League: Reasons Why You Should Be Paying Attention
by All White Kit
posted August 21, 2012 at 8:44am

  In case you haven’t noticed – and judging by the lack of attention it has received, you haven’t – the UEFA Women’s Champions League cut its field down to 32 last week. Still don’t care? That’s fair, it do...more

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