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The History Of The Official World Cup Match Balls

Adidas has been the official match ball sponsor for the World Cup since 1970. Below is a complete guide to every World Cup ball.

As you can see, Adidas didn’t really start branching out in design until 2002. Which ball is your favorite?

What’s The Deal With Christian Pulisic’s Face In FIFA?

Christian Pulisic is kind of a big deal, and not just in the United States. He’s one of the few reasons to get excited about American soccer over the next couple years, and he’s one of Borussia Dortmund’s star performers this season. Heck, he recently nutmegged Dutch star Arjen Robben.

Twitter Hates This Free Star Wars FIFA Ultimate Team Kit

Electronic Arts, publisher of the wildly successful FIFA series of video games, has been named the “worst company in America” on more than one occasion in recent years, an impressive feat in this country. On Tuesday the company tried to be the nice guys and give FIFA players a freebie in the form of a cross-promotional Star Wars uniform. The internet was not enthused.

MLS Has Proven That VAR Won’t Be The End Of Debating Terrible Decisions

The Video Assistant Referee system is now extensively in use around the globe, most notably in Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and Major League Soccer. MLS’s time with the use of video replay dates back to August 5, and it’s had the likes of Kaka and Clint Dempsey sent off. It’ll be in use at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but there are still pockets of resistance.

Spanish Football Federation Says La Liga Will Adopt VAR Technology Next Season

According to Spanish football federation president Juan Luis Larrea, La Liga will begin using Video Assistant Referee technology next season if all goes according to plan. Given La Liga’s refusal to use goal-line technology on the grounds of cost concerns, the proposed introduction of VAR in the Spanish top flight represents something of a shock.

Clint Dempsey Goes Mental After Controversial VAR Red Card And Playoff Suspension

Just like last season, the Seattle Sounders are rolling into the MLS playoffs. Unfortunately, just like last season, they’ll have to make due without Clint Dempsey — at least for the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal. Dempsey was issued a straight red card in the 24th minute of the Sounders' final regular season match on Sunday after the VAR was consulted to spot an elbow from the USMNT legend on Colorado Rapids defender Mike da Fonte.

18 Things In 18 Seconds: VAR, Donald Trump And The USMNT

The18.com knows you don't have time for waste when it comes to your soccer news. That's why we've created the fastest rundown in soccer. Greg Ellis takes you through 18 different soccer topics, and spends 18 seconds on each. This time he goes over the USMNT World Cup qualifying debacle, VAR, Carlos Tevez making millions for not doing anything and does his best Donald Trump impersonation regard Atlanta United's new stadium.

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