These Posters For Every World Cup Since 1930 Were Made By One Designer

The semi-finals of the World Cup begin today, and soccer, er, football fever—though slightly dimmer now Stateside—is ramping back up for the rest of the world. Which makes it a perfect time to check in with one superfan-slash-designer, who redesigned each official World Cup poster for fun. » 7/08/14 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

How To Make Soccer Popular in America: Play It With Giant Slingshots

Leave it to Joerg Sprave, the internet's favorite slingshot-building madman, to finally come up with a guaranteed way to make all Americans love soccer. Instead of the players being limited to only using their feet, they should all be allowed to carry this soccer-ball-firing slingshot that can easily propel a ball the… » 7/07/14 9:40am Monday 9:40am

Awww, the Little Google Maps Guy Is Wearing His Soccer Gear

World Cup madness is sweeping the internet—even the little yellow guy on Google Maps is wearing his soccer gear. And according to commenters, he's wearing the uniform of whatever nation you view him in. Commenter toschlebelge shows us Google Guy's German outfit; what's he wearing in your lands? » 6/28/14 3:30pm 6/28/14 3:30pm

Brazil's Soccer Team Has Smart Gatorade Bottles That Track Hydration

Everyone knows you should drink plenty of fluids when playing sports, but hydration actually becomes an exact science when the pride of your nation is at stake during something like the World Cup. That's why at this year's tournament, Brazil's soccer team is using specially-designed Gatorade bottles that track how… » 6/26/14 4:00pm 6/26/14 4:00pm

Soccer players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match

As it does every four years, the United States has turned its adoring eyes to fútbol. But while you're marveling at the well-placed headers and acrobatic kicks and whatever's going on with Ronaldo's hair, take a moment to appreciate the most astonishing feat that happens during these 90 minutes: How far these guys are… » 6/22/14 6:51pm 6/22/14 6:51pm

Three New Chrome Games Quench Your Soccer Lust Between World Cup Games

Even after waiting four years for it to roll around again, the World Cup isn't wall-t0-wall matches. There are breaks in-between the games that need to be filled while you wait for the action to start up again. Drinking the hours away is one solution, but Google has a more sober suggestion: A collection of mini-games » 6/20/14 12:00pm 6/20/14 12:00pm

I wish all the World Cup matches could be played on these trick mats

This might only be an ad but when I saw these guys back flipping and jumping over each other while playing soccer on inflatable trick mats I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The action is real and it is performed by professionals—so don't get too excited about doing this anytime soon. » 6/18/14 1:04am 6/18/14 1:04am

This App Can Tell If a Soccer Ball Needs Air By Listening To It Bounce

Nothing tops talent when it comes to how well a soccer player performs on the field, but believe it or not, how inflated (or under-inflated) a soccer ball is can affect how the ball moves when kicked. You can throw your antiquated pressure gauge away, though, because there's now an app called BallTune that can… » 6/17/14 6:20pm 6/17/14 6:20pm

A Brief History of Every Official World Cup Ball Since 1930

Every year, the World Cup is played with a new ball. That makes it unique—after all, few other sports reinvent the wheel every four years. But this element of uncertainty is also exciting, and it means that soccer ball technology has come a long, long way since the 1930s—when World Cup balls were still inflated… » 6/16/14 9:00am 6/16/14 9:00am

Three World Cup Stadiums That Are Actually Good For Brazil

The 12 stadiums currently seeing World Cup action are not created equal. The dozen venues for the games are a mix of something old, something new, something temporary that will be taken down after the last goal is kicked. And not all of them have turned out to deliver the hopes and dreams promised (a few aren't even… » 6/14/14 10:00am 6/14/14 10:00am