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Selected games to watch from British Columbia's top senior men's and women's amateur leagues.
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Friday October 24

VISL: Gorge FC vs Cowichan FC
7:30pm Hampton Park, Saanich
League leaders sit atop the VISL Div 1 standings well ahead of the Gorge who are uncomfortably above the drop spot with many games yet to be played.

saturday october 25

LIWSA: Victoria Highlanders vs Vic A's
4:00pm University of Victoria #3 Turf
Highlanders Womens reserves squad consists of former BCSPL players who form the development path to the VHFC MWSL and PCSL teams, every match is an opportunity to test their abilities against one of Victoria's established Premier teams.

Sunday October 26

VMSL: Surrey United vs West Van FC
3:00pm Cloverdale Athletic Park
Two of the top teams in the VMSL’s Premier Division will face off, with 3 very important points on the line.



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Saturday October 25

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids
4:00pm PDT BC Place

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Saturday October 25

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids
4:00pm TSN1, TEAM 1410

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20 October 1984
Arsenal became the first British club to install and use a video screen inside the ground. It wasn first used in the match against Sunderland which Arsenal won 3-2
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Inter FC - 1-3 Langley FC Hurricanes
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - October 18, 2014 - Trillium Park, Vancouver BC
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monday, october 20, 2014

Whitecaps, Earthquakes battle to goalless draw
David Ousted made three saves and the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Saturday night to regain sole possession of the fifth and final Western Conference playoff position. CBC

Whitecaps draw a blank in San Jose but get the vital point they needed
You can never rely on Vancouver Whitecaps to do things the easy way, but with one game left of the MLS regular season, their destiny lies once again entirely in their own hands, after a pretty uneventful 0-0 draw at San Jose Earthquakes. AFTN

Whitecaps control playoff fate, but trouble lurks
Even if the Whitecaps make it into the post-season, it will be difficult to see where a steady source of goals is to come from. Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh and Sebastian Fernandez all have their attributes, but none of them have been prolific or clinical this season and to believe they’re set to kick into another gear now would be a bit naive. Sportsnet

Whitecaps eyeing playoffs; success finally becoming a habit (Photo: Richard Howes)Whitecaps eyeing playoffs; success finally becoming a habit
The Whitecaps know a win at home against Colorado Rapids on Saturday (live on TSN) will ensure they finish fifth in the West and face a road trip to either Real Salt Lake or FC Dallas in the Western Conference Knockout Round. There are other scenarios as well - put simply, the 'Caps just need to match whatever result Portland Timbers gets at FC Dallas to finish above their Cascadia rivals. TSN

Vancouver Whitecaps ecstatic to clinch club's first CONCACAF Champions League berth
With the Canadian Championship being pushed back in the soccer calendar until the summer, beginning in 2015, the Canadian Soccer Association changed the qualification criteria into the 2015-16 Champions League for one year only, with the highest-placed MLS side automatically becoming Canada's representative.

Vancouver Whitecaps, DC United join Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy in 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League
Just as playoff spots are finally being settled in the final weeks of the season, results in Week 32 mean that four of MLS' five representatives in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League have now been determined.

Have we reached peak Laba?
Anybody watching the recent Vancouver Whitecaps victory over the Seattle Sounders on TV will have surely noticed how impressed commentator Jason deVos was with the play of Matias Laba. Sure he gave the Man of the Match award to Kendall Waston and often remarked on the high energy play of Russell Teibert, but it was Laba’s interceptions that put a positive purr into the broadcaster’s voice. Soccer Shorts

Andy O'Brien enjoying the Whitecaps' team chemistry and "special dressing room"
Andy O’Brien has been around the professional game for approaching 20 years. He’s seen the good times and the bad, success and failure, and been at clubs with dressing room harmony and dressing room issues. So when he tells you that the current Vancouver Whitecaps locker room is "special", you know it is, and that is a factor being attributed to the Caps excellent run of form down the stretch. AFTN

Sounders complete comeback to draw Galaxy
Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle scored in the second half, rallying the Seattle Sounders to a 2-2 tie with the LA Galaxy on Sunday night. Baggio Husidic and Marcelo Sarvas scored for the Galaxy, but the Sounders’ comeback means the Supporters’ Shield will be awarded after Saturday’s season finale between the clubs in Seattle. Sportsnet

Sounders in driver's seat for Supporters' Shield
The LA Galaxy looked to be coasting to victory in the first of its home-and-home series to decide the 2014 Supporters' Shield when the Seattle Sounders struck for two goals in three minutes to earn a deserved 2-2 tie that spoiled Landon Donovan's farewell regular-season match at StubHub Center and puts them in the driver's seat heading into next Saturday's decider at CenturyLink Field. Soccer America

Portland Timbers credit RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando after playoff hopes dented in scoreless draw (Photo: Real Salt Lake)Portland Timbers credit RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando after playoff hopes dented in scoreless draw
The Portland Timbers left just about everybody at Providence Park wondering how they didn’t nab just one goal Friday night against Real Salt Lake. The fans weren’t the only ones left scratching their heads in the scoreless draw. MLS

Impact-Toronto FC rivalry: From Tepid to Fiery with a touch of Mediocrity
If it was not before, it's a bloody big deal now. Even without Jermaine Defoe and Michael Bradley, the usual quiet affair has transformed itself into an intense game between two MLS foes. The 1-1 tie between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC has become more than just a game. Let's hope it stays this way. Mount Royal Soccer

Toronto FC: How to fix a broken sports franchise
Like a boorish guest reluctant to leave a party, Toronto FC won few friends this weekend. Outplayed for long stretches by the lowly Montreal Impact, the worst road team in MLS, Toronto was officially eliminated from post-season contention. Metro

Tifo trolling: Montreal Impact fans remind Toronto FC they've still never made MLS Cup Playoffs Tifo trolling: Montreal Impact fans remind Toronto FC they've still never made MLS Cup Playoffs
As a fan, seeing your closest rival lose or fail to qualify for the playoffs from afar is certainly a great feeling — epsecially if the team you support is having a rough year of their own. But aside from winning, nothing beats the satisfaction of being the ones to hammer the final nail into that coffin yourself. The Sideline

New York Red Bulls fail to produce effort as well as quality in "embarrassing" loss to Columbus Crew
From the open whistle, it was immediately clear that something just was not right. The New York Red Bulls suffered their first home defeat in 11 matches on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-1 to the Columbus Crew. But what was worse than the loss was the manner in which it came, as New York looked a shell of their recent selves from the onset. MLS

Langley United announces 5 year contract extension for Technical Director Mark Parker (Photo courtesy Lanley United SA)Langley United announces 5 year contract extension for Technical Director Mark Parker
Langley United Soccer Association and club and technical director Mark Parker have agreed on a five-year extension to his contract to direct all aspects of the club’s growth and development in all areas soccer. The contract was signed recently and continues through to 2019.

$11M soccer centre annex opens in Calgary
It may have taken years, millions of dollars in funding and some “unbelievable drama,” but the Calgary Soccer Centre’s new annex and artificial turf fields are finally up and running for local athletes. MSN

youth soccer

BC Soccer Reassigns the BCSPL Fraser Valley FC Franchise to Langley FC
The BC Soccer Board of Directors has approved the reassignment of the BCSPL Fraser Valley FC franchise to one of its constituent partner clubs Langley FC. The reassignment will take immediate effect to the end of the 2015 season which is in line with the originally designated period of time granted to Fraser Valley FC. BC Soccer

university soccer

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Ends First Canada West Season With Tie and Much More
The inaugural season of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer program in the Canada West Athletic Conference ended the way it began: with some  fanfare. The WolfPack concluded the 2014 season on Sunday (Oct 19) with a 1-1 tie against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. TRU

team canada

Canada WNT ready to face reigning Champions Japan
After recently arriving back on the west coast for the start of their latest round in the Centralized Development Program (CDP), Canada’s Women’s National Team get two early tests against the world’s best team. CSA

women's world football

Portia Modise: South Africa's centurion in numbers
Portia Modise became the first African player to reach the elusive 100-goal barrier in international football on Saturday, when she scored her 99th and 100th goal in South Africa's important 5-1 victory against Algeria at the CAF African Women's Championship. FIFA

world football

FIFA says Russia’s 2018 World Cup in arena ‘ahead of schedule’
Russia is avoiding Brazil’s mistakes. That was the message as FIFA inspectors completed their tour of the arenas Russia is building for the 2018 World Cup – no delays here. Metro

Kuwait’s Qadsia claim maiden continental crown
Al Qadsia claimed the AFC Cup for the first time in their third appearance in the final in five years with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Iraq’s Arbil in Dubai on Saturday. FIFA

Embarrassed by losing 8-0, Sunderland players considering offering refund to fans
Embarrassed by losing 8-0 in a Premier League match, Sunderland's players are considering whether to refund the 2,500 supporters who made a 700-mile round trip to watch the defeat. Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone says "I will personally talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for (fans') tickets and their trip." WFP

23-year-old Indian soccer player dies from injury sustained during goal celebration
The Mizoram Football Association says a 23-year-old Indian soccer player has died after injuring his spine while celebrating a goal with somersaults. Peter Biaksangzuala landed on his back while doing flips last Tuesday in the northeastern state of Mizoram. He died Sunday. WFP

Police detain 6 people after fan dies in confrontation before Brazilian league match
Brazilian police have detained six people after a confrontation that left a 21-year-old football fan dead this weekend, marking the third death involving rival supporter groups in Sao Paulo this year. WFP

saturday - sunday, october 18 - 19, 2014

Whitecaps FC control playoff destiny after scrappy scoreless draw with San Jose Earthquakes
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s playoff destiny is in their own hands going into their regular season finale after playing to a scrappy scoreless draw with San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps thrilled to overcome "trap game" to stay in Western Conference playoff picture
After all the twists and turns of the last few weeks, it’s perhaps fitting that the Vancouver Whitecaps’ battle for the fifth and final playoff place in the Western Conference is going down to the wire. MLS

Vancouver Whitecaps FC clinch entry into the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have clinched Canada’s entry into the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League, the first time in club history. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps’ heart keeps a Latin beat
The Vancouver Whitecaps celebrated their South American talent infusion back in July against Chivas USA by collaborating with Latincouver to stage ‘Noche Latina’ inside and outside BC Place Stadium. There was a mariachi band and lots of dancing and singing. But fuelled by the antics of Sebastian Fernandez, Nicolas Mezquida and Matias Laba, it often feels to other players that every day is ‘Latin Day’ around the club. Vancouver Sun

Reds Look To Keep Building
A 1-1 draw to the Montreal Impact has mathematically eliminated Toronto FC from playoff contention with one game remaining in the season. Despite taking a lead and creating numerous goal-scoring chances, Montreal held firm, not allowing the Reds a second goal that might have kept that hope alive, with one eye on the Columbus Crew. Toronto FC

Impact ends playoff hopes for Toronto FC with 1-1 draw at BMO Field
On a chilly and windy afternoon in Toronto, the Montreal Impact ended all hopes of Toronto FC’s first ever playoff appearance when Brazilian midfielder Felipe scored the game equalizer in a 1-1 draw Saturday at BMO Field. Montreal Impact

Seven things to get you ready for massive Shield-deciding LA-Seattle clash
By now you know the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy will square off twice in the next week to finish out the season. The first match is Sunday evening in Southern California, and the second is on October 26 in Seattle (5:00pm TSN2 in Canada). MLS

Eddies One Step Closer to Post Season Place
For more than just bragging rights, FC Edmonton travelled to the nation’s capital to play Ottawa Fury FC for the last time in the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. After a hard fought 90 minutes, the visiting Eddies came away with all three points in a 2-0 victory. FC Edmonton

youth soccer

Whitecaps FC Residency remain unbeaten after set of wins over Real So Cal
Another day, another set of wins for Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency, as both the ‘Caps U-18 and U-16 squads won their respective clashes with Real So Cal. With the victories, both squads still remain undefeated six matches into the 2013-14 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) campaign. Whitecaps FC

university soccer

Clan bounce back 3-1 over SMU
The Simon Fraser University men's soccer team bounced back Saturday night with a 3-1 win over Saint Martin's. The team played 72-minutes without a goal, displaying tremendous composure in a comeback victory. SFU

Veterans lead Vikes to victory in regular season finale
In their final game of the 2014 regular season, the University of Victoria Vikes men's squad closed out the Fraser Valley Cascades 3-1, Oct. 18 at Centennial Stadium thanks to timely contributions from their veteran core. UVic

Colantonio cues comback as Vikes upset defending champion T-Birds
Featuring an abundance of young talent, the University of Victoria Vikes (7-1-3) men's soccer team faced CIS No. 2-ranked UBC Thunderbirds (9-2), Oct. 17 at Centennial Stadium. The Vikes battled hard to keep the game within reach before striking twice late to upset the defending national champions with a 2-1 win. UVic

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Knocked Out Of Playoffs Losing to UBCO
The slim playoff hopes of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team were dashed in ‘stoppage time’ on Saturday (Oct 18). The WolfPack needed to sweep the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat this weekend to have any hope of finishing fourth in the Canada West Pacific Division. TRU

Vikes women to host playoff match after draw with Cascades
The University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer team did what they needed to do in their regular season finale, earning a 1-1 draw, Oct. 18 at Centennial Stadium to secure a home playoff date in next weekend's Canada West quarter-final match against the Cascades. UVic

WolfPack Women’s Soccer Lose Final Home Match
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team lost their final home match of the 2014-15 Canada West regular season. The WolfPack were the first victims of their arch rivals: the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat in Canada West play. UBCO downed Thompson Rivers 1-0 at Hillside Stadium on Saturday (Oct 18). TRU

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Klinsmann says not criticizing MLS, welcomes 'debate'
United States coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Thursday that he was not criticizing or disparaging Major League Soccer by expressing regret that key players Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley had switched to the MLS from two of Europe's top clubs. Saying he welcomed a growing culture of impassioned debate over soccer issues in the United States. Yahoo!

world football

Sunderland defender scores perfectly taken own goal
Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday with a lovely volley that would have been a perfect way to break his duck had he not scored it against his own team. Yahoo!

friday, october 17, 2014

Whitecaps FC gunning for fourth straight win Saturday night in San Jose
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be gunning for their fourth straight win, and an opportunity to potentially secure a playoff spot, on Saturday night when they visit San Jose Earthquakes in their second to last match of the regular season. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps wary of struggling San Jose
The San Jose Earthquakes are a team in turmoil, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC are a team on the rise. But with the Major League Soccer playoff race coming down to the wire, and the lowly Earthquakes having a few things to play for against Vancouver, the ‘Caps are refusing to chalk up this weekend’s contest as an easy one on the schedule. 24 Hours

Do the Whitecaps have the makings of a playoff dark horse?
Should the Vancouver Whitecaps make the MLS Cup Playoffs, few will fancy meeting Carl Robinson's side in the postseason. The MLS playoff picture became a lot clearer after last weekend's results, with eight of the league's 10 postseason berths being confirmed. Goal

Is Portland playing before Vancouver the next two weeks a benefit or added pressure for the Whitecaps?
Depending on how Portland get on in their Friday night showdown at home to Real Salt Lake, come 7.30pm on Saturday night, the Whitecaps will be facing one of three options. AFTN

deVos: Whitecaps lucked out when they landed RobinsondeVos: Whitecaps lucked out when they landed Robinson
Once the Whitecaps fired once up-and-coming manager Martin Rennie is October of 2013, the club turned their focus to finding an experienced manager to lead the team. After several interviews - and at least one rejection - the Whitecaps settled on Rennie's assistant Carl Robinson, however, as TSN's Jason deVos writes, hiring Robinson was the best move the team could have made. TSN

Whitecaps center back Kendall Waston is already leaving his mark in MLS
There was little fanfare when the Vancouver Whitecaps signed a little-known, 6-foot-5 center back from Costa Rica back in August. At the time, 26-year-old Kendall Waston, who only had two caps to his name for his native country, was coming off a career in the Costa Rican league, where he bounced around before logging a full season with powerhouse Saprissa. MLS

Whitecaps' Ownership Unfairly Criticized
I continue to be amazed by those who criticize the Whitecaps ownership and allege that they have failed through a lack of involvement or investment to field a competitive product. 86Forever

Montreal Impact looking to crash Toronto FC's party
Don't believe the hype, the MLS rivalry between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC ,in Major League Soccer, is a dud. Whatever hate there was during the NASL-USL days was drowned by the big lights of Don Garber's league. Mount Royal Soccer

Impact's Bush reaps rewards of patience
Evan Bush doesn’t hate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You could hardly blame the Montreal Impact goalkeeper if he did. But he doesn’t. Money was very tight for the Cleveland City Stars when Bush played for the USL First Division club towards the end of the 2009 season. The team travelled to Portland and Vancouver for its last two games of the campaign when Bush and his teammates received a surprise at breakfast. Sportsnet

Joe Saputo expects "synergy" between Montreal Impact and newly purchased Bologna FC
It's businessman Joey Saputo and not the Montreal Impact which is buying Italian club Bologna FC. That's the message the Impact owner delivered loud and clear via a Thursday conference call from Italy, where he was unveiled as one of the new owners of the second-division Serie B side. MLS

Dolan: 'Complete overhaul not answer for TFC'
TFC fans don’t want to hear this after nine coaches in eight years and such incredible player turnover in that time, but it takes a while for any new group of players to gel, ‎especially when player performances were inconsistent throughout the year. That’s not to say changes don’t need to be made. Sportsnet

Despite narrowing odds, Portland Timbers "100 percent" confident in playoff chances
The Portland Timbers will be the first to admit that they’ve hardly been perfect this year and on more than one occasion they’ve shot themselves in the foot. But they’ve also had their fair share of bad luck, and that trend continued over the weekend when not a single result benefited their ongoing playoff chase. MLS

Wheeler: Garber vs. Klinsmann with Bradley in the middle
Toronto FC has experienced considerable drama over the franchise's eight year existence.  This time the drama isn't of Toronto FC's own doing. Michael Bradley has become the central figure in a public spat of which he never asked to be a part. TSN

Klinsmann: 'I never meant to put anyone down ...'
A day after MLS commissioner Don Garber lashed out at Jurgen Klinsmann for his comments about the returns of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to the league, the U.S. national team coach responded, telling Reuters that he "never meant to put anyone down in the MLS." Soccer America

Orlando City's delirious stadium groundbreaking event takes club "another step closer to the dream"
A new soccer tradition got underway Thursday night in Orlando. Thousands of Orlando City Soccer Club supporters gathered at Church Street Station in downtown Orlando to take part in a half-mile march toward their future home. Led by a drum line, smoke bombs and club and government dignitaries, they convened for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of a new soccer-specific stadium. MLS

Eddies In It For a Little More Than Bragging Rights
HHeading into the home stretch of the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, every game that FC Edmonton will play between now and November 2 are crucial to the club’s post-season hopes. It all starts again this weekend against Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place on Saturday. FC Edmonton

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs FC Edmonton
If there is one team in the NASL that Ottawa needs little to get motivated for it is FC Edmonton. Saturday’s affair will mark that fifth and final chapter of the season in this growing All-Canadian rivalry. Ottawa Fury

A Month Later, Whitecaps FC are Still Searching for City to Host USL PRO Team
It has been a month since the Vancouver Whitecaps FC got the news that New Westminster was not going to go further with plans to bring a USL PRO franchise to the city. We haven’t heard much else since. Tyler Green

More Than 30 BC Soccer Referees Attended the Canada Soccer National Club Championships
Soccer players were not the only ones working hard at the Canada Soccer National Club Championships as more than 30 BC Soccer referees participated in the championships including Igor Cverkovski and Juan Marques as Canada Soccer nominated National Referees. BC Soccer

the women's pro game

Christine Sinclair wins ESPN-W Impact 10 fan vote Christine Sinclair wins ESPN-W Impact 10 fan vote
Christine Sinclair helped women's soccer take a big step forward this year. She helped lead the Portland Thorns to the first National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) championship, as she and the team set a standard for attendance and fan loyalty throughout the league. One of the greatest strikers in the history of the game, the 5-foot-9 forward continued to win over devoted soccer fans in the Northwest and her home country of Canada, as they took to cyberspace to name her espnW's Impact 10 Fan Favorite athlete of 2013. ESPN-W

youth soccer

Whitecaps FC Residency look to keep unbeaten season intact on California swing
After a three week break in their United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) schedule, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency are back in action this weekend. The ‘Caps will travel down to California to take on a pair of challengers from the Southwest Division, Real So Cal and Arsenal FC. Whitecaps FC

university soccer

UBC looks to build new streak heading into playoffs
After a surprise loss at home, the No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds are keen on ending the Canada West men's soccer regular season on a high note in a similar fashion to last season's run. UBC

Clan fall to No 4 Seattle Pacific
The Simon Fraser University men's soccer team dropped a tightly contested match Thursday night falling 2-1 to No. 4 Seattle Pacific. The Clan battled tightly with their nationally ranked opponents but were unable to finish in the second half, as the Falcons played them to a one goal game. SFU

WolfPack Close Out Canada West Men’s Soccer Season And Say Good Bye To Kaay
With the mathematical chance of making the playoffs in their first season of Canada West play, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team is gearing up for the final weekend of the regular season. TRU

Clan women fall 2-0 in weekend opener
The Simon Fraser University women's soccer team fell 2-0 to Northwest Nazarene Thursday evening. The Clan turned in a strong performance, but a header goal by NNU in midway through the second half decided the game in the visitors' favour. SFU

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New milestones for women's football set during FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ Qualifiers
Next June, the FIFA Women's World Cup will establish a few milestones when the finals are contested by 24 nations over 52 matches for the first time. The growth translates to one or two more nations per confederation, a reflection of the continued advancement made by women's football across the world.

south of the 49th

US Soccer broaches rebranding at board meeting, but no set timetable for changes
U.S. Soccer's crest has been the topic of much discussion over the past year or two, with many fans having taken a stronger liking to the centennial badge worn by US national teams last year to celebrate the federation's 100th year, and some even mounting an online petition drive to make it the logo on a permanent basis. MLS

Connecticut prep coach allegedly sent masturbation Snapchat to team
A Connecticut high school soccer coach was arrested after allegedly sending a Snapchat clip showing him masturbating to members of the E.O. Smith women’s soccer team. Jeffrey M. Sirois, 57, told police the video he allegedly sent to members of his squad was intended for his girlfriend, according to a report in the Hartford Courant. Canoe

world football

World Cup corruption findings to be released in November, FIFA won't publish full report
FIFA's ethics chairman will release his findings into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests next month, without making the investigation report public. FIFA has been under pressure to release prosecutor Michael Garcia's report into the bid process that led to the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. Canada.com

Sexwale: Racism is like a monster
Tokyo Sexwale, a former freedom fighter who stood alongside Nelson Mandela, discusses his new initiative to help purge racism from sport. 'Global Watch' will launch its global charter and barometer in Johannesburg on 20 November to try to help eliminate the scourge of racial discrimination in a coordinated effort across the planet. FIFA

UEFA president worried that drones could drop bombs on football pitches
UEFA President Michel Platini fears that drones could be used to drop bombs on football pitches. Speaking to French TV channel TF1, Platini made his comments after an Albanian nationalist banner flown by a drone over a stadium in Belgrade ignited a brawl on the field and fueled political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania. Platini called the incident "shameful," and expressed his fears about possible drone attacks in the future.

South African sports ministry reluctant to step in as 2015 host of troubled African Cup
South Africa is reluctant to step in as a last-minute host for next year's African Cup of Nations because the sport ministry fears Ebola and unplanned staging costs. "There are just too many factors to consider for South Africa," the department of sport and recreation said in a statement on Friday. Canada.com

Fabio Capello not getting paid, Russia struggling
If Fabio Capello took over as coach of Russia’s national soccer team for the money, he came to the wrong place. The veteran Italian coach, who led England at the 2010 World Cup and then took over Russia two years later, has not been paid since June. And since that time, the national team has won only one of six competitive matches. Metro

Del Bosque done as Spain manager after Euro 2016
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he intends to step down after the 2016 European Championship. Del Bosque tells Spanish sports daily AS "my intention is to continue until France 2016 and then leave after." Sportsnet

Former Premier League player convicted of rape released from jail amid debate about his return
A former Premier League player who was convicted of rape has been released from jail amid a national debate about whether he should be allowed to play professionally again. Wales international Ched Evans left a prison in northern England early Friday after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in north Wales. WFP

Goalkeeper ejected for patting booty
In one of the most bizarre episodes we've come across, goalkeeper Junior Morales of Honduran club Marathon gets his marching orders for patting -- in a friendly manner -- an opponent on the butt. Soccer America

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