A European Soccer Match Was Abandoned Over a Drone-Induced Brawl

Last night, Serbia played Albania at soccer in a Euro 2016 qualifier. But, in the 40th minute, things turned surreal: a drone flew over the pitch flying a flag which raised tensions enough to start a fight and get the match stopped. » 10/15/14 5:15am 10/15/14 5:15am

Qatar's $45 Billion Plan to Build a Brand New City for the World Cup

Qatar, the 2022 host of the World Cup, is not a large country, with a population just over 2.1 million. So to prepare for the millions who'll descend on the country eight years from now, it's going to great lengths—including building an entire new city from scratch. » 9/16/14 11:32am 9/16/14 11:32am

Players Help Power the Lights on This Soccer Field Just by Running

As they make their way up and down the field chasing the ball, the players on this new soccer pitch in Rio de Janeiro are actually helping to keep the lights powered when the sun sets. Because underneath the artificial turf are 200 special tiles that work like tiny generators to harness the kinetic energy of the… » 9/12/14 8:46am 9/12/14 8:46am

The Premier League Is Banning Goals Being Posted to Vine and Twitter

If there's one thing better than a wonderful goal in soccer, it's reliving it over, and over, and over, and over. Preferably in slow-mo. Ideally as a looped GIF. And almost certainly sourced from social media. But sadly, the UK's Premier League is stamping out all such behavior. » 8/15/14 6:40am 8/15/14 6:40am

Spectacular kung fu goal is pure soccer magic

This amazing goal is why Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of the very best in the world. Watch as he flies through the air, kicking the ball like he's some kind of kung-fu master and changes its direction with a twist of his foot. The goalie is so stunned that all he can do is watch in disbelief. » 7/29/14 2:19am 7/29/14 2:19am

Russia's World Cup Is Already Outrageously Expensive

Maybe you're still mourning Brazil's catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on—to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it's going to be very, very expensive. Like $11,500 per seat expensive. » 7/18/14 12:13pm 7/18/14 12:13pm

The Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passed Its First Big Test

Tiresome TSA security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the Socceroos. » 7/14/14 10:33am 7/14/14 10:33am

That Brazil-Germany game would have looked the same without Brazil

Someone had the clever idea to erase every Brazilian player out of the humiliating World Cup game with Germany. The fact is that it doesn't really matter because Brazil was an invisible troupe of clowns to begin with. The game plays just the same without them. » 7/11/14 9:22pm 7/11/14 9:22pm

How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. » 7/11/14 1:40pm 7/11/14 1:40pm

Shooting Challenge: The 2014 World Cup

The World Cup is upon us, and this weekend, it comes to an end with one last match between Germany and Argentina. For this week's Shooting Challenge, we want to see your photos of this year's World Cup (even if it's just a viewing party from your couch!). » 7/10/14 2:20pm 7/10/14 2:20pm

This "Brazil World Cup riot" picture is actually from 2013

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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 7/08/14 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 7/07/14 9:40am

Audi Turned 28 Cars Into a Giant World Cup Scoreboard For Manhattan

In what could turn out to be yet another vain attempt to get most Americans to like—or even mildly appreciate—soccer, Audi created a giant World Cup scoreboard made from something the country definitely loves: Cars. » 7/01/14 3:20pm 7/01/14 3:20pm

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

Uruguay Claims the Luis Suárez Soccer Bite Is a Photoshop Hoax

Earlier this week, Luis Suarez—Uruguay's talented but controversial soccer player—appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match. Now, though, Uruguay's Football Association claims that he's on the receiving end of a cruel Photoshop hoax. » 6/26/14 3:45am 6/26/14 3:45am

How Far Do Soccer Players Run During a Match?

After four weeks of well-placed headers and acrobatic kicks and whatever was going on with Ronaldo's hair, the World Cup finally draws to a close today. But while you're holding your breath during the Germany-Argentina nail-biter, take a moment to appreciate the most astonishing feat that happens during these 90… » 6/22/14 6:51pm 6/22/14 6:51pm

80 Years of World Cup Ticket Designs

FIFA World Cup 2014 is underway, and for those lucky spectators who have managed to get a ticket for one or more of the tournament matches, it's a little piece of print design they'll probably cherish for years to come. » 6/20/14 2:20pm 6/20/14 2:20pm

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