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Around 350 victims have reported child sexual abuse within United Kingdom soccer clubs, following a former player’s allegation that he was sexually assaulted as a young boy by a ...(full article)

On 7 July this year, Raffaello Bucci’s body was found at the bottom of the so-called “viaduct of suicides”. Just a day before, he had been interviewed by police investigating...(full article)

Is this the perfect time for USSF to reorganize 'Division 2' and include a Promotion only tool? There are new developments and transitions taking place in the minor leagues of pro ...(full article)

Has political correctness kicked the stuffing out of Harvard’s Men’s soccer team? The team was in first place in the Ivy League but because it ranked the Harvard’s female soc...(full article)

The moments of silence by some of the world’s biggest clubs were touching. So, too, the expressions of sorrow and solidarity by superstars Neymar and Lionel Messi. No doubt there...(full article)

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