Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- FIFA revived the Telstar, the first made-for-television football used at the 1970 World Cup, as it unveiled on Thursday the official match ball for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
- FIFA has been urged to reveal more about its monitoring of construction sites at World Cup venues in Russia and Qatar in a report by its Human Rights Advisory Board.
- Amazon.com Inc. is making its first splash into Britain’s hot soccer market in a deal with the current leader of the Premier League, Manchester City.
- Fanatics Inc., the biggest seller of the stuff sports fans wear, sit on and cook with, is expanding its empire.
- The LA Galaxy and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) gave 250 middle school students across Los Angeles the opportunity to participate last month in an exclusive curriculum called LA Galaxy STEAM (Soccer, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), which was aimed at providing the student hands-on learning with soccer-based lesson plans.
- Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park training facility will see a bit of a change, as the Football Association has formed a partnership with manufacturer LG Electronics to enhance hospitality areas and other spaces throughout the venues with digital screens.
- The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has entered into a four-year commercial agreement with Ooredoo.
- The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR).
- England’s Premier League has announced a three-year collaboration with Stonewall to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in soccer.