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  • FIFA’s Israel-Palestinian committee meets for first time

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    A new FIFA committee began its attempt to settle the dispute between the Israeli and Palestinian football federations when it met for the first time on Wednesday, soccer's world governing body said.

    The meeting was chaired by South African businessman and former political...

  • American Football gets an F!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 29, 2015 | 5:27 am

    Attention all parents! Before signing your kids up for the football team at camp — or during the school year — you must read this.

    And the results are in: Playing football is bad for your health. It's bad even if you haven't suffered multiple concussions — even if you haven't...

  • Palestinians drop bid to suspend Israel from FIFA

    May 29, 2015 | 8:55 am

    The Palestinian soccer association withdrew its bid to have members of the FIFA world soccer body vote on whether to suspend Israel.

    The head of the Palestine Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, on Friday said in announcing the move: “I thank those who convinced me to drop the...

  • How the FIFA corruption scandal could affect Israel

    May 27, 2015 | 10:54 am

    Israelis were expecting some big news to come out of the annual FIFA Congress this week.

    But they probably weren’t expecting this.

    In a bombshell operation, a Swiss law enforcement team showed up at the Zurich hotel hosting the annual gathering of the international soccer...

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  • World soccer rocked as top FIFA officials held in U.S., Swiss graft cases

    May 27, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after their arrest on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

    The world's...

  • Racism in Israeli soccer? Join the (reprehensible) club

    May 20, 2015 | 11:33 am

    When delegates from FIFA’s 209 member states vote next week on a motion to suspend Israel from international soccer, they’ll base their decision on three Palestinian claims:

    • That Israel unjustly restricts Palestinian soccer players’ travel
    • That Israel fields teams in West...
  • Palestinians reject Israeli soccer proposal, pushing ahead with suspension vote

    May 20, 2015 | 8:40 am

    The Palestinian Football Association rejected an Israeli proposal to address its grievances and will move forward with a motion to expel Israel from international soccer play.

    The Palestinian group plans to introduce a motion to expel Israel from international competition at the...

  • Could Israel really be barred from world soccer?

    May 19, 2015 | 9:36 am

    Israel’s diplomatic battles have spread to the soccer field.

    On May 29, FIFA, the body that governs world soccer, will vote on whether to suspend Israel from international play. FIFA’s 209-member countries will vote on a motion tabled by the Palestinian Football Association,...

  • What if football’s opening weekend acknowledged Rosh Hashanah?

    May 11, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Much has been made of the start date of the 2015 NFL season, which falls on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

    But the truth is that football always starts around the Jewish New Year in September. What if Jewish football fans pushed to integrate Rosh Hashanah into the opening game broadcasts?...

  • What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

    January 27, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    “Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

    Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded...

  • In football-crazed Alabama, a respite from the world’s ills

    December 2, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    On Thanksgiving at my son’s house, I found myself at the end of a long dinner table, some in-town family members on my left. They were chatting about college football, especially the Alabama-Auburn game that would be played two nights later.

    No surprise there — that’s what people...

  • New ways to detect brain damage could be huge for NFL

    December 1, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Football has come under increased scrutiny following findings that the contact sport has been causing serious brain trauma in players. Now, a team of researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev's (BGU) Brain...

  • Facing a culture of violence

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 3, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    If you know me, you know I love watching and playing sports. I played soccer and tennis in high school, and blew out both of my knees playing daily basketball in my 20s and 30s.  Last week, I brought my Derek Jeter shirt to the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and I have many times...

  • Conflict Mediation Through Sport

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 9, 2014 | 5:15 am

    This week, the world’s attention will refocus from domestic issues to the international stage of the World Cup in Brazil. While domestic Israeli politics never has a dull moment, today we bring you a story about the Italian football superclub “FC Inter Milan” and the social work...

  • A new leading woman, American Football, a life changing device and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 18, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Jews, Israel and diaspora at the JFNAGA

    This past week, the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (JFNAGA( took place right here, in Jerusalem. Distinguished guests from all around the world participated in the big event, where they discussed the changing...

  • Sports teams should change racist names and logos, ADL says

    October 16, 2013 | 10:09 am

    Professional sports teams should seriously consider moving away from “the use of hurtful and offensive names, mascots and logos,” the Anti-Defamation League said.

    Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, released a statement Tuesday amid increasing pressure on the Jewish...

  • When football and Yom Kippur collide

    September 13, 2013 | 9:48 am

    While many of us are finding this year’s Yom Kippur conveniently scheduled because it falls on the weekend, at Texas A&M the holiday clashes with one of the most significant days on the football calendar: Aggies vs. Alabama. The Wall Street Journal reports:

    Saturday is...

  • Russia overtakes Portugal in World Cup qualifying with 3-1 win over Israel

    September 10, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Russia beat Israel 3-1 to overtake Portugal at the top of World Cup qualifying Group F on Tuesday and move a step closer to the finals with their fate in their own hands.

    Two goals in two minutes settled the game with Vasili Berezutskiy making the breakthrough in the 50th minute...

  • Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv name Paulo Sousa as new coach

    June 12, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv have appointed Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa on a two-year contract, the club said on Wednesday.

    Sousa, 42, moved to Maccabi from Hungarian side Fehervar. He previously coached the Portuguese Under-16 national side and had stints in England over...

  • A leading player

    June 5, 2013 | 11:18 am

    Gabe Freeman had always dreamed of playing tackle football but never imagined he actually would. None of his family members or friends played the game, and when he joined Milken Community High School in 2009, the institution — like many other Jewish private schools — offered no...

  • Desmond Tutu urges UEFA to strip Israel of Under-21 championship

    May 28, 2013 | 11:13 am

    South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has joined calls for UEFA to move the Under-21 European championship from Israel because of the Jewish state's treatment of Palestinian sport.

    UEFA has resisted the requests but Tutu's letter, to Britain's Guardian newspaper,...

  • NFL, champion Ravens dismiss season opener on Rosh Hashanah

    March 19, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have agreed that the Super Bowl champions will not open their season — or the league's season — on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

    The team was scheduled to launch its season on Sept. 5, a Thursday night, but a conflict with baseball's Baltimore...

  • Beitar Jerusalem fans walk out on Muslim player’s goal

    March 4, 2013 | 6:25 am

    Hundreds of fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team walked out of the stadium in the wake of the first goal scored by a Muslim player.

    The walkout occurred Sunday night during a game against Maccabi Netanya, which ended in a 1-1 tie. The team has lost four of its past five...

  • Israeli soccer player on U.K. team barred from entering Dubai

    February 14, 2013 | 5:30 am

    An Israeli soccer player for a British team is sitting out a team visit to Dubai because of tensions between the emirate and Israel.

    The 25-year-old striker, Itay Schechter, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session, The Jewish...

  • Beitar arson attack linked to racial incitement

    February 8, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team's recruitment of Muslim players, police said.

    Police spokesman Micky...

  • Survey: 27 percent of Americans see God’s hand in sports

    January 29, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Fewer than three in 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining sports outcomes, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    That 27 percent believed in divine intervention in athletic competition was among the findings of the January Religion...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 28, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Never Again

    Yesterday, January 27th, the world mentioned the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day reminds us all of the horrible, systematic death of 6 million, for no reason other than their beliefs. This day reminds us all to always remember and never forget.

    ...

  • Chelsea Football vs. 49ers Football

    By Ilana Angel

    January 23, 2013 | 6:55 am

    I was at a bar last weekend where everyone was a San Francisco 49ers fan. When San Francisco won the game to get them into the Super Bowl, people went nuts.  I saw grown men crying for joy and it was fascinating.  While I like the Super Bowl, I watch more for the commercials than...

  • Bears bring in Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman

    January 16, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    The Chicago Bears hired a Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman.

    Trestman, 57, a longtime NFL assistant, was named Wednesday to his first head coaching post in the league. The 57-year-old Minneapolis native will be the only Jewish head coach in the National Football League.

    Over the...

  • Former Israel national soccer coach Emanuel Sheffer dies at 88

    December 28, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Emanuel Sheffer - the coach who led Israel to their only World Cup finals in Mexico in 1970 - died on Friday aged 88, the Israel Football Association said.

    German-born Sheffer was described by Israeli FA chairman Avi Luzon as "the greatest of all Israeli coaches whose influence...

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