The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup groups is Friday, which means the biggest soccer event in the world is getting closer! The World Cup runs June 12-July 13, 2014, and 32 national teams will compete for the world championship: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States, and Uruguay.
When they finally take the pitch, matches will be played in 12 host cities around Brazil, from the opening game in Sao Paulo to the championship round in Rio de Janeiro. And to get fans ready, FIFA has released some pretty great posters for each of the host cities. While you wait for the World Cup draw, check out a grid of the 12 posters, as well as a short video produced by FIFA TV introducing you to each of the host cities.
We're about seven months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the field of competition is still being set. But while national teams continue to battle for a spot in the biggest football tournament in the world, fans are starting to get a look at what their heroes will wear on the pitch.
Earlier this week, adidas unveiled the World Cup uniforms sets for NUMBER countries: Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and Spain. According to adidas, the uniforms were designed by talking to young people and next-generations players and asked them what it was about their countries that made them proud. Designers incorporated some of the responses (like Russia's Cold War-era cosmonaut program and the art of Mexico) into the kits. But there's more going on in the jerseys than just national pride. They were made using adidas' adizero technology, which gives players a better fit and makes the jerseys the lightest the company has ever made.
Let's take a closer look at the uniforms. (That's Messi and Lavezzi hanging out in their WC kits at the top of this post. The jerseys represent the half-and-half Argentinean flag, which is a symbol of the country's independence.)
It’s the dream of every young athlete to get some one-on-one training time with the biggest stars of the sport you play. If you play soccer, your smartphone makes that a reality. The Fivestar Soccer Training app launched today for the iPhone. The app provides instructional videos, games, and interactive simulations featuring two of the biggest names in soccer: Alex Morgan and Wayne Rooney. The app is free to download, and comes loaded with a batch of free workouts, challenges, and tips. Additional workouts can be purchased for $5.99 or the full program for $19.99.
Morgan and Rooney guide you through drills and skills, helping you improve your game — both physically and mentally.
Earlier this week, Morgan spoke to Sports Illustrated Kids about the Fivestar Soccer Training app, the drills she thinks young footballers should focus on, and how she trained as a kid athlete.
It's time to hit the pitch with Sergio, Luka, Soul, Yanis, Niko, and the rest of the kids of Soccer Academy!
Presented by SI Kids and Magnet Media, Soccer Academy is an intense five-part series starring some of the best child players from New York's Blaus WeissGotschee. From all-day practice to a rivalry game with the Brooklyn Italians, Soccer Academy takes you inside the game and the lives of the players, their parents, and coaches.
You can watch all five episodes of Soccer Academy right now! Check them out below and experience all the highs and lows of a season in the high-pressure world of youth soccer.
If you think kids’ soccer is just about mini-vans and snack time, think again.
Beginning Tuesday, September 24, SI Kids and Magnet Media will present Soccer Academy, an intense five-part series starring some of the best child players in the league from New York's Blaus Weiss Gotschee. With in-depth features that go beyond the pitch, get inside the lives of the players, their parents, and the high-pressure world of kids soccer.
Soccer Acadmey is sure to appeal to both die-hard and casual lovers of the beautiful game. Check out a sneak preview of the series below, and stay tuned to SIKids.com for the full series next week!
Heading into Sunday’s Confederations Cup final in Brazil, the host nation was the defending Confed Cup champions. Brazil won the last two tournaments, actually. But its opponent was the mighty Spain — reigning world champion and winners of 29 straight matches.
But in the final Confed Cup match, none of that mattered. Brazil dominated España, 3-0, to win its third straight title and set up an epic 2014 World Cup (also hosted by Brazil).
Mia Hamm, meet Abby Wambach. In the record books, that is. Last night, Wambach scored four goals in a game against South Korea to became the new all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer.
These two legendary soccer players were former teammates, playing together on Team USA in the 2004 Olympics. They won gold that year, and Hamm retired as the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer with 158 goals in 275 games. Her record stood for nine years, until Wambach scored goals number 159 and 160.