Fan Involvement in Club Governance: A Balanced Diet

For the fourth straight year, BBC Sport has published its annual “Price of Football” report, highlighting the cost of being a supporter across the top 4 flights of British football. ...

High Fashion & Soccer’s Activewear Market

Few opposing ideas offer the dichotomy that occurs in most imaginations when thinking of high fashion and casual sportswear side by side. High fashion, haute couture, and fashion art design ...

Latest MLS Salary Data Indicates Continued Slow and Steady Progress

On Monday, the Major League Soccer (MLS) Players Union released the latest installment of league salary information, which boasts all-time highs for both total payroll and a single player’s compensation.  ...

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10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…   ...

Averages Fall But Premier League Gets First Sellout in Week 8

  This week is a perfect example of why the Premier League ...

Donovan’s Final Home Game Among Five Sold-Out Matches in MLS Week 32

MLS week 32 average attendance is 19,268. The regular season average has ...

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

  We are back with the latest roundup of last week’s headlines for the industry:   Average MLS Attendance Reaches Over 19,000 with Two Weeks Remaining in 2014 Season (Business of Soccer) MLS week 31 average attendance is 21,339. The regular season average has increased 0.46% to 19,030 from 18,943 last week. Stadiums were 89.3% filled […]

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10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning… An investigation into the way FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar cannot be published in full because of legal reasons. South Africa is considering whether it will offer to host the continent’s finals next year after Morocco sought […]

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Orlando City SC Breaks Ground in Style

One of MLS’ newest clubs, Orlando City SC, broke ground on its new downtown stadium last night that will be home for the Lions beginning in 2016. The evening began first with a simulation of what an actual matchday would be like. Thousands of fans clad in purple marched to the beat of drums to […]

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Average MLS Attendance Reaches Over 19,000 with Two Weeks Remaining in 2014 Season

MLS week 31 average attendance is 21,339. The regular season average has increased 0.46% to 19,030 from 18,943 last week. Stadiums were 89.3% filled throughout the week, remaining at 85.6% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week – Portland Timbers versus San Jose Earthquakes and Providence Park, Sporting Kansas City […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

We are back with the latest roundup of last week’s headlines for the industry:   Premier League Top Shirt Sponsorship: A Decade of Growth – (Business of Soccer) It seems as though every year one of the top teams in the Premier League is changing the company or organization they choose to display on the […]

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Premier League Top Shirt Sponsorship: A Decade of Growth

Usually when records are broken, they come as a shock to those who learn about or witness it. Sometimes that shock comes in the form of awe of the achievement like the kind that will occur when Peyton Manning breaks the NFL career touchdown record set by Brett Favre this season. Other times, it’s shock […]

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Where Does MLS Spend its Salary Cap?

Major League Soccer (MLS) continues to boast one of the most diverse soccer leagues in the entire world, with players from sixty different countries and each of the six inhabited continents.  Many fans of the league have seen the recent increase in value of the American players, seeing the likes of Michael Bradley, Omar Gonzalez, […]

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MLS Week 30 Attendance Averages 18,943 with Chivas Selling 12,000+

MLS week 30 average attendance is 18,143. The regular season average has decreased 0.15% to 18,943 from 18,971 last week. Stadiums were 90.6% filled throughout the week, remaining at 85.5% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this week – New England Revolution versus Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium and San Jose Earthquakes […]

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Stamford Bridge: Manager Dueling Arena & 2nd Most Full in BPL Week 7 Attendance

Week 7 of the Barclay’s Premier League featured two London derbies, one more than last week, with QPR v West Ham and Chelsea v Arsenal as well as saw Everton take on a different team of ‘Reds’ as they traveled to Old Trafford following last week’s 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. While there were […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

  Here are some of the top stories from around the world in the soccer industry from last week: President Obama Honors the Team From Kansas City Who ‘Got the ball rolling’ (Business of Soccer) At 8PM tonight, Sporting Kansas City, second in the Eastern Conference, will take the field against a DC United Team currently […]

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2014 Soccerex Global Convention Highlights Imminent Transformation of the Beautiful Game

Every year soccer’s top administrators, industry experts, and business leaders come together in one place to discuss the state of the game, from just about every aspect possible, at the Soccerex Global Convention. Held in Manchester, England the annual convention is essentially the “World Cup” of the business side of the industry – only we […]

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President Obama Honors the Team From Kansas City Who ‘Got the ball rolling’

At 8PM tonight, Sporting Kansas City, second in the Eastern Conference, will take the field against a DC United Team currently in first in the Eastern conference, ahead by six points, who also only need one point to clinch a playoff spot. As important as this game is, this matchup will actually be Sporting Kansas […]

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2015 Women’s World Cup on Artificial Turf: Framing the Arguments

Tatjana Haenni, FIFA’s head of women’s competitions has officially stated that the Women’s World Cup to be held in Canada in the summer of next year will continue forward as planned on artificial surfaces and that no alternative plan is being considered.  Haenni said this in an interview in Ottowa on Tuesday as she was […]

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North London and Mersyside Derbies in BPL Week 6 Attendance

Another week of games in the Barclay’s Premier League has come and gone. The three days making up week 6 included two big time derbies taking place in London and Liverpool. Both the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham and the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton ended in 1-1 draws with wonder-strikes and […]

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MLS Stadiums Filled 93% On Average for Week 29

MLS week 29 average attendance is 21,562. The regular season average has increased 0.5% to 18,875 from 18,971 last week. Stadiums were 93.75% filled throughout the week, remaining at 85.2% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week – Sporting Kansas City versus New England Revolution at Sporting Park, DC United versus […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here are the top headlines from around the industry over the past week…   Precourt Vision Realized In First Year as Crew Owner – (Business of Soccer) 2014 is the year of the reboot in Major League Soccer and after the MLS “Next” rebrand, Columbus Crew is next up with their October 8th rebrand just […]

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Broader Markets Could Mean Success in MLS Expansion Puzzle

There is plenty to be excited about for Major League Soccer (MLS) fans in 2015.  Orlando City SC and New York City FC will make their debuts in the league as expansion franchises.  Both clubs inch closer to opening day as they begin to strategize for the MLS Expansion Draft as well as the MLS […]

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Southampton Fans First to Wear their Financial Support for their Club

Nike Fuel band. Fitbit. Up by Jawbone. Samsung watch. Soon the Apple iWatch. The list of “wearables” could go on. One of the latest trends in sport and leisure fashion is combining with one of the hottest new technologies in commerce, contactless payments, brought together by Barclaycard’s bPay band and Southampton FC. It was announced […]

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The Present & Future of MLS (Part II): Homegrown Players & The Teams They Sign For

Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson all have something in common with Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Trevor Brooking and Paul Ince and it’s not that they’re all English.  They all came through the same East London youth academy at West Ham United. More recently Southampton has been a […]

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The Anfield Project & Liverpool’s Redevelopment Plan

The gameday atmosphere and experience at Liverpool’s home, Anfield, is supposed to be something unlike any other.  Liverpool’s Kop End faithful leave a lasting impression with their bellowing of the team’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone”, so much so that Pink Floyd’s song “Fearless” opens and closes to a live recording of Liverpool fans singing […]

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2014 Average Attendance Rises to 18,875 After Week 28

MLS week 28 average attendance is 20,535. The regular season average has increased 0.3% to 18,875 from 18,818 last week. Stadiums were 93.19% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.96% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week – Real Salt Lake versus Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium, Portland Timbers versus […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

  Here are some of the top stories from the global soccer industry from last week…   Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Business Ethics in the Soccer Industry (Business of Soccer) “Do the right thing.” This was something that my father told me every time I left the house growing up – a tradition […]

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Premier League Week 5 Shows Stadiums More Full With Less Fans

Week 5 of the Barclay’s Premier League had some pretty surprising and entertaining outcomes from Manchester United conceding a total of 5 goals to Ted Lasso’s, Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City, to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard dealing a tough blow to his former club by scoring the goal that tied Manchester City 1-1 with Chelsea at […]

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Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Business Ethics in the Soccer Industry

“Do the right thing.” This was something that my father told me every time I left the house growing up – a tradition I plan to carry on with my future children. This is essentially what is at the very heart of ethics, which Webster’s dictionary defines as “rules of behavior based on ideas about […]

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