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England's Jess Carter in action with Spain's Salma Paralluelo during the Women's World Cup final in Sydney in August 2023
Feb 8, 2024
Women's sports draw record viewership in U.K. in 2023, research shows
The FIFA Women's World Cup final, which England lost 1-0 to Spain, was 2023's most-watched women's sports event on TV with 38.4 million viewing hours.
A drone soccer match is demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Jan 12, 2024
Buzz, bump, goal! Drone soccer aims high at CES
There was a loud whirring sound at CES in Las Vegas this week. It wasn't a swarm of insects, but instead a demonstration of drone soccer.
Designated hitter and closer Shohei Ohtani (center) and catcher Yuhei Nakamura are mobbed by their Samurai Japan teammates after Ohtani struck out American slugger Mike Trout to clinch Japan’s third World Baseball Classic and first since 2009, at LoanDepot Park in Miami on March 21.
Dec 26, 2023
Images of 2023: Sports
For some, 2023 was a year of sweet victory, after many years of not making it to the summit. For Shohei Ohtani, it was yet another year of brilliance.
Data has shown that the United States women's team — which has routinely been targeted for online abuse over the years — was subjected to the most abuse during the 2023 Women's World Cup.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Dec 12, 2023
One in five players at Women's World Cup suffer online abuse: study
Nearly 50% of the verified online abuse was homophobic, sexual or sexist in nature.
Canada forward Christine Sinclair waves to the crowd after her final international game came to an end on Tuesday in Vancouver.
Dec 6, 2023
'Perfect ending' as Canada star Christine Sinclair bows out
A record crowd of 48,112 at Vancouver's B.C. Place — renamed Christine Sinclair Place for the night — was on hand to salute the Canadian captain.
United States forward Sophia Smith shoots against China during the first half of a friendly at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday.
Dec 5, 2023
U.S. women's soccer team working toward 'shift in mentality'
The national team produced their worst-ever performance at a Women's World Cup, exiting in the round of 16.
Fans of the Malmo soccer team during a match against Elfsborg at the Eleda stadium in Malmo, Sweden, on Nov. 12. While most of Europe’s leagues engage in a Sisyphean quest to source as much money as possible, Sweden has chosen a different model. But its rewards come with risk.
Nov 21, 2023
Business booming after Swedish soccer puts fans before finances
The story surrounding the game is one of rejecting orthodoxy, of asking why sports exist and whom they exist for — but also how hard it is to stand alone.
Lionel Messi jerseys, in Inter Miami’s distinctive pink color, for sale at the Adidas store in Manhattan in September. In the span of three months, the soccer superstar has made Inter Miami’s eye-catching pink jersey the hottest piece of sports merchandise on the planet.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 2, 2023
Adidas and Puma eye 'sports culture' market as soccer courts fashion
The Women's World Cup showed huge unmet demand for soccer-related merchandise for women, with the trend extending to fashion-conscious fans of both sexes.
Former President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales says he will use his right to appeal a three-year ban on all soccer-related activities.
Oct 31, 2023
Spain's ex-FA chief Rubiales gets three-year ban over kiss scandal
Rubiales said he will use his right to appeal, accusing FIFA of not giving him the chance to defend himself.
English and Italian footballers observe a minute of silence for the victims of a deadly shooting in Brussels and of the devastating events in Israel and Palestine, at Wembley Stadium in London on Oct. 17.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 24, 2023
Qatar-owned network altered broadcasts to avoid war references
Instead of tributes and moments of silence at recent games, beIN broadcasts aired extended studio discussions that hewed solely toward soccer.
The INAC Kobe Leonessa women's football team poses for a photo before a WE League Cup match against Chifure AS Elfen Saitama on Sept. 10 at Noevir Stadium in Kobe.
Oct 24, 2023
Kobe women's soccer team lets fans decide ticket price
One fan paid as much as ¥10,000, according to an INAC Kobe Leonessa club official.
Spain's Olga Carmona and Ona Batlle celebrate after the Women's World Cup final in Sydney on Aug. 20. The team had been in dispute with the Spanish federation before the tournament.
Oct 19, 2023
FIFA official urges nations to fully support women's soccer
Soccer associations need to properly support their women's teams so they can perform at their best, FIFA's Sarai Bareman said.
Urawa Reds' Alexander Scholz scores his second goal from the penalty spot against Yokohama F Marinos in the second leg of their Levain Cup semifinal at Saitama Stadium on Sunday.
Oct 16, 2023
Urawa and Fukuoka reach Levain Cup final
The final is scheduled for Nov. 4 at Tokyo's National Stadium.
Albirex's Moemi Nishibuchi (left) and Sanfrecce's Manaka Matsumoto contest for a header during the final of the 2023 WE League Cup in Kawasaki on Saturday.
Oct 14, 2023
Sanfrecce outlasts Albirex for WE League Cup title
The sister team of three-time J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima earned its first major trophy since its 2020 inception.
Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, first came to Japan in 1990 as the bass player in Beats International. He says he shares a similar sense of silliness with Japanese people, and that is part of what keeps drawing him back to the country.
Oct 13, 2023
Fatboy Slim: 'Let's just be stupid for one night'
The DJ shares his love of soccer and silliness with fans during his two-city Japan tour.
England goalkeeper Mary Earps was among those calling for replicas of her jersey to be sold by team supplier Nike during the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Oct 10, 2023
Nike, after criticism, releases Mary Earps goalkeeper jersey
Nike previously faced backlash from fans and from Earps herself after replicas of the goalkeeper’s jersey were not made available during the competition.
Japan's women's soccer team celebrates its Asian Games gold medal after defeating North Korea in Hangzhou, China, on Friday.
Oct 8, 2023
Women's soccer gold bodes well for future of Nadeshiko Japan
In six matches in Hangzhou, Japan scored 39 goals, including a dismantling of a host team featuring 10 players from this summer's Women's World Cup.
Ozu High School in Ozu, Kumamoto Prefecture
JAPAN / Society
Oct 4, 2023
Probe launched over 'serious' Kumamoto soccer team bullying
A member of the renowned school team was allegedly forced to kneel on the ground in apology while naked as he was filmed by senior members of the team.
A total of €22 million ($23.15 million) will be made available to UEFA members in order to implement European soccer's new standards for women's national teams.
Oct 3, 2023
UEFA introduces new standards framework for women's national teams
The framework, approved by the UEFA Executive Committee in June, is aimed at leveling the playing field for women's soccer players across Europe.
The Materials Provided by Mizuno Baseball Bat Tableware set is made from a recycled, discarded baseball bat and includes two large tumblers, a vase, a small cup, four cutlery rests and a sake cup.
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Sep 30, 2023
Game-changing designs from sporting goods brands
On: Design looks at two major Japanese sporting goods companies that have launched unique SDG-inspired projects.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves