1. Play Now, Pay Later: How Loans Became Soccer’s Favored Accounting Tool Sports, Yesterday

    Loan-to-buy deals are on the rise, favored because they allow top clubs to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations without losing any of their purchasing power.

  2. Amid Growing Soccer Wealth Gap, Is 92 Teams Too Many? Sports, August 23

    The financial woes of England’s Bury F.C. raise an uncomfortable question: is it possible for a country to have too many professional teams?

  3. M.L.S. Adds St. Louis as League’s 28th Team Sports, August 20

    The team, which will begin play in 2022, will be the first female majority-owned club in the league’s history.

  4. A Transfer Market Parable Sports, August 20

    Summer moves at Juventus were the latest example of a broken economy in which teams are selling players they should keep, and keeping players they would prefer to sell.

  5. Judge Sets May 2020 Trial Date in U.S. Women’s Soccer Lawsuit Sports, August 19

    The date set by the judge is at least six months earlier than both sides had requested, and could see the trial disrupt the team’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.

  6. FIFA Claims Deep Pool of Bidders for 2023 Women’s World Cup Sports, August 19

    The enthusiasm is the latest sign of growing interest and potential investment in the women’s game, but one of the countries on FIFA’s list says it has no plans to bid.

  7. When Soccer Is a Family Business Sports, August 17

    An easing of registration rules has led to a surge in the number of Premier League players who are represented by family members.

  8. Mediation Talks Between U.S. Women’s Team and U.S. Soccer Break Down Sports, August 14

    The sessions had offered hope that the sides could resolve the team’s federal gender discrimination suit, but little progress and fiery news releases suggest that fight will continue.

  9. Atlanta United Manager Calls Pursuit of Equal Pay in Soccer ‘Ridiculous’ Sports, August 13

    Frank de Boer, a Dutch football legend, told The Guardian that equal pay for men’s and women’s national teams is not a worthwhile idea.

  10. Kate Markgraf Hired as G.M. of U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sports, August 12

    Markgraf, who will oversee the search for a coach to replace Jill Ellis, will report to Earnie Stewart, who was promoted to the new role of U.S. Soccer sporting director.

  11. Now Playing Everywhere: Soccer Nostalgia Sports, August 11

    From Arsenal’s jerseys to a trio of recent films, a reverence for the late 1980s and early 1990s is on full display in the modern game.

  12. Manchester City Looks Unbeatable. These Coaches Know It’s Not. Sports, August 8

    The Premier League season opens this weekend, and Pep Guardiola’s team is favored to cruise to its third straight title.

  13. De las favelas al Real Madrid, el camino de Vinícius Júnior en Español, August 8

    Cuando el adolescente brasileño Vinícius Júnior fue contratado por el club español, quiso mantener cercanas sus raíces: vive en Madrid acompañado por amistades y familiares.

  14. After M.L.S., Another Stop Awaits Wayne Rooney Sports, August 6

    The former Premier League star will return to England as a player-coach in a second-tier league, it was announced Tuesday.

  15. Alejandro Bedoya Spoke Out on Gun Violence. Now He Is M.L.S.’s Player of the Week. Sports, August 5

    The Philadelphia Union midfielder grabbed a field microphone after scoring Sunday night and urged Congress to act to prevent more mass shootings.

  16. Pushed by Consumers, Some Sponsors Join Soccer’s Fight Over Equal Pay Sports, August 5

    Nike made an ad. Visa demanded new contract terms. Secret donated more than $500,000. Will more sponsors join the fight, and will their contributions be decisive?

  17. Don Garber on M.L.S.’s Past, Present and Future Sports, August 3

    Major League Soccer almost folded after his first full season as commissioner. On Sunday, Garber will celebrate 20 years in the job, and his league and his vision for it continue to expand.

  18. Bottles Down, Cleats On: U.S. Soccer Team Takes Its Joy on the Road Sports, August 3

    The champions reconvened in California to open their five-game World Cup victory tour on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Everyone was invited to the party.

  19. Lionel Messi Suspended 3 Months and Fined $50,000 for CONMEBOL Criticism Sports, August 2

    Messi will not be able to play for Argentina for three months after accusing the South American soccer governing body of corruption. The ban will keep him out of some friendly matches.

  20. When Your Toughest Opponent Is Yourself Sports, August 2

    A champion boxer battles O.C.D.; Jill Ellis steps down as coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team; and a 16-year-old makes $3 million playing Fortnite.

  21. Sevilla and the Science of Soccer’s Summer Transfer Window Sports, August 2

    Can a club beat the market year after year? Sevilla does by relying on uncommonly deep scouting and a very smart man with a cellphone.

  22. World Cup Stars and Cheap Tickets. Will Fans Now Care About Women’s Pro Soccer? Sports, August 1

    Fourteen million Americans watched the World Cup final, yet some National Women’s Soccer League teams average only a few thousand fans at their games.

  23. FIFA Quietly Considering Plan to Leave Switzerland Sports, July 31

    World soccer’s governing body is weighing a move away from Zurich, its home since 1932, saying Swiss law has made it difficult to hire employees from outside Europe.

  24. Jill Ellis Will Step Down as U.S. Women’s Coach Sports, July 30

    Ellis’s decision to leave her post comes less than a month after she led the United States to its second straight Women’s World Cup title.

  25. Brazilian Police Recommend Not Charging Neymar in Rape Inquiry Sports, July 30

    The police recommended closing the case, which began with a rape accusation by a Brazilian model, but prosecutors will have the final say on whether to proceed.

  26. Let’s Hear It for Your Hometown Shortcomings! Sports, July 30

    Wind Chill, Gridlock, Earthquakes, Avalanche, Heat — a curious genre of team nicknames plays up bad things associated with the home city.

  27. U.S. Soccer Says It Pays Women’s Team More Than Men’s Team Sports, July 29

    An open letter from the federation president was challenged by a spokeswoman for the players, who called the calculations “utterly false.”

  28. Megan Rapinoe on Keeping the Politics in Sports Interactive, July 29

    “We’re not just here to sit in the glass case for you to look.”

  29. Megan Rapinoe, Conquering Hero, Returns to Cheers but Not to Action Sports, July 28

    Citing injury and fatigue, Rapinoe sat out her homecoming to the N.W.S.L. Her absence from the lineup didn’t dampen the mood.