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

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

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

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

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