The beautiful game is called many things: football, soccer, calcio, association football, and fútbol. Why is it beautiful? It has an abundance of potential. Soccer has stopped a civil war in the Ivory Coast, brought families together across the world, and cultivated the interest of millions. You can play with almost anything; the game is good inside or out. You don't have to be a millionaire to appreciate the game, a game with its own culture and jargon. The soccer community itself welcomes everyone, whether you are a dedicated fan of fifty years or a casual fan of fifty minutes.
It is known as the world's most popular game; more people play soccer than any other sport. The FIFA World Cup™ is bigger than the Super Bowl, even bigger than the Olympics. People enjoy the beautiful game in every country on the planet. Children dream of fame and success in this wonderful game from the streets of Africa to the wealthy academies of Europe. This "soccer dream" has now spread to the United States and Canada, where its homegrown talent is now a factor in the world's game.
We are dedicated to the game of international soccer; our simple goal is to promote the game. We started with a vision of being a source of news for the North American game with a focus on the emerging leagues in the U.S. The demand for professional coverage has allowed us to push into the European game as well. We announced an expansion of content in June, bringing English football into the mix.
We remain committed to Major League Soccer (MLS), the United Soccer Leagues (USL), Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), the National Indoor Soccer League (NISL), the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro), the U.S. National Team, and the Canadian National Team. New correspondents will allow us to cover the game in more detail and in more places. We strive to become your only source of soccer news!
Many were saddened by the news of a struggling, possibly defunct Xtreme Soccer League (XSL). Bad news for the international game was also found in the demise of Setanta Sports and the stories of astronomical debt in European clubs. A little bad news is not an issue for this tremendous game, where hope and prosperity are always present.
Don't forget to visit our coverage of local soccer tournaments such as the AC Milan Continental Cup, NOSO Cup, Put-in-Bay Cup, and the 2009 3v3 Worldwide Tour.
Join us for our special coverage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ 2009. Additional information, including live commentary, can also be found at our new Twitter account, EPL Insider.
August 1, 2009
Our new column, English Soccer Daily, has reached its two week anniversary. We are committed to provide you with news from the world of English football 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
July 31, 2009
Declan Hill's The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime takes an unprecedented look into match-fixing and corruption in the game of international soccer.
July 30, 2009
Fox Soccer Channel scored its highest-rated telecast with the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ Final between the United States and Mexico.
July 29, 2009
Fox Soccer Channel today announced that Eric Wynalda will join Nick Webster as the co-host of Fox Football Fone-In.
July 28, 2009
Northampton Town announces a major signing as defender John Curtis agrees to a one year contract.
July 27, 2009
ESPN announces its plans for covering the 2009 MLS All-Star Game.
July 26, 2009
The U.S. finish second in CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009 after a 5-0 loss to Mexico.
July 25, 2009
International Soccer Network provides coverage of Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew.
July 24, 2009
A local investor has signed a letter of intent to buy the Milwaukee Wave. The "Save the Wave" campaign will continue as front office staff head back to work on Monday.
July 21, 2009
Northampton Town have signed striker Billy McKay on an initial one year contract. The 20-year-old forward has was released by Leicester City at the end of last season, despite impressing with a prolific record at Academy and Reserve team level at the Walkers Stadium. He has spent the pre-season on trial at Sixfields, and has done well enough to earn himself a deal.
July 20, 2009
Joshua Boateng, leading scorer with the Cleveland City Stars, will be in Europe for the next few weeks while on trial with Spanish First Division club Deportivo de La Coruña. Originally from Accra, Ghana, Boateng went on trial in Europe after his junior season at Liberty University in Virginia but declined offers in order to return to the States to finish his degree. Now a rookie in the USL, Boateng's debut season has included a team-leading four goals in 11 matches.
July 18, 2009
Northampton Town falls 2-1 at the the hands of Corby Town.
International Soccer Network provides coverage of Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew.
July 17, 2009
ESPN announces broadcast schedule and commentators for the World Football Challenge, while the Scottish Premier League makes a decision regarding its live TV rights.
International Soccer Network provides coverage of Charleston Battery vs. Cleveland City Stars.
July 16, 2009
The Cleveland City Stars sign defender Anthony Peters from D.C. United.
July 15, 2009
The Cleveland City Stars announce the release of striker Max Cream.
July 14, 2009
Sacha Kljestan participated in the EA Sports King of the Court event in Vancouver.
July 13, 2009
Major League Soccer announces the All-Star First XI Squad.
July 9, 2009
One year before the 2010 World Cup championship match in Johannesburg, Outside the Lines will examine South Africa, and what hosting earth's largest single-sport spectacle will mean to the country just 15 years removed from authoritarian apartheid rule. Bob Ley reports from Johannesburg and Cape Town, where he interviews South African leaders, including International Olympic Committee member Sam Ramsamy -- who was forced into exile for his role in leading the 1970 boycott of South African sports teams -- and national sports icon Lucas Radebe, who scored for the South African national team in the 2002 World Cup. The piece will also feature a first-person account of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, during which young students, many in their school uniforms, demonstrated against forced education in the language of Afrikaans. They were fired upon by police, and at least two dozen were killed, sparking days of unrest in an event credited with beginning the movement to end apartheid. The episode entitled "One Year, One Nation: OTL Examines World Cup in South Africa" will air this Sunday at 9 a.m. on ESPN and noon on ESPNEWS.
July 8, 2009
ESPN announced an extensive plan and broadcast schedule for their new channel in the United Kingdom.
July 4, 2009
International Soccer Network provides coverage of D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew.
July 3, 2009
International Soccer Network provides coverage of Austin Aztex vs. Cleveland City Stars.
June 30, 2009
Please join the Cascade Surge for the Sammy's Team Pancake Breakfast! This fundraiser will take place on Saturday July 11th from 8am-10am at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Commercial St. SE in Salem, Oregon. The cost is $5 per person and no reservation is required.
June 29, 2009
Sunday's 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final live on ESPN from Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, - a 3-2 victory for Brazil over the United States - was the most-watched non-FIFA World Cup match featuring the U.S. Men's Soccer National Team on the network, with an average of 3.945 million viewers. The telecast, aired Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. ET, was seen by an average of 2.556 million television homes, based on a 2.6 rating.
The match, in which Brazil, No. 5 in the FIFA World Rankings, overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first half to defeat the 14th ranked U.S. Team, also delivered the third largest audience for a U.S. Men's National Team match on ESPN.
June 28, 2009
Setanta Sports receives disappointing news, while ESPN announces a major expansion of soccer coverage.
June 27, 2009
International Soccer Network provides coverage of New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew.
June 25, 2009
International Soccer Network is pleased to announce yet another expansion of coverage. A new feature, entitled "This Week with the Cascade Surge," will follow the Salem, Oregon PDL team as they make a difference on and off the field. The Surge have launched the careers of numerous soccer gurus such as Dr. Aaron Tredway, Mark Geissbauer, and Martin Rennie.
June 24, 2009
History was made today as the U.S. Men's National Team shocked the world with a 2-0 victory over Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
June 23, 2009
International Soccer Network provides coverage of Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Cleveland City Stars.
June 22, 2009
International Soccer Network is pleased to announce that a major expansion of coverage is underway. We will be adding a significant number of pages dedicated to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and all levels of English football. Our agency will now be truly international in scope.
June 18, 2009
International Soccer Network provides coverage of Miami FC Blues vs. Cleveland City Stars.
June 16, 2009
The Cleveland City Stars fall out of the U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 loss to the Rochester Rhinos.
June 14, 2009
International Soccer Network provides live coverage of Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew.
June 13, 2009
The Cleveland City Stars are back to their winning ways with a 3-0 victory over the Rochester Rhinos.
May 24, 2009
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 24 players that will train in advance of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. The Crew's Frankie Hejduk is among this elite group.
May 22, 2009
International Soccer Network provides live coverage of Carolina Railhawks vs. Cleveland City Stars.
May 13, 2009
Read Kevin Milliken's comments on the state of arena soccer. This is part II of our original series entitled "Past, Present, and Future: The Journey of American Soccer".
May 11, 2009
Honduras will get a third team in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League due to Belize not meeting the standards for an adequate stadium.
May 9, 2009
International Soccer Network provides live coverage of Kansas City Wizards vs. Columbus Crew.
May 1, 2009
International Soccer Network provides live coverage of Rochester Rhinos vs. Cleveland City Stars.
April 30, 2009
CONCACAF makes changes to its schedule due to concerns of swine flu in Mexico.
April 25, 2009
International Soccer Network provides live coverage of Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew.
April 17, 2009
The Cleveland City Stars traveled to Miami today for its inaugural game in the USL First Division and came away on the disappointing end of a 3-1 result.
April 14, 2009
Clive Toye is among those selected for induction into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame.
April 11, 2009
International Soccer Network provides live coverage of Sky Blue FC vs. FC Gold Pride. Comments from Pia Sundhage, Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, can be found here.
April 5, 2009
The Columbus Crew suffer a 2-1 defeat to Chivas USA.
March 30, 2009
The Detroit Ignition clinched the first XSL championship.
March 28, 2009
International Soccer Network provides live coverage of Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew.
March 20, 2009
Bob Bradley announces his roster for FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago.
March 19, 2009
The Stockton Cougars win the PASL-Pro Championship and end their season as the North American Champions.
March 18, 2009
Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 is now available for the Wii™.
March 17, 2009
Women's Professional Soccer finalizes Philadelphia as eighth WPS Franchise for 2010.
March 8, 2009
Read Peppe Pinton's comments on Giorgio Chinaglia, MLS, the Cosmos legacy, and more. This is part I of our original series entitled "Past, Present, and Future: The Journey of American Soccer".
February 23, 2009
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 20 players who will compete for the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, from March 6-15 in Trinidad & Tobago.
February 19, 2009
The MLS Cup-champion Crew wrapped up the Florida leg of its preseason, with a 2-0 win over the University of Tampa and a 6-0 decision over the University of Central Florida in back-to-back, 60-minute exhibitions Wednesday afternoon. The goals were scored by eight different players.
February 17, 2009
Read about the U.S. Men's National Team 2-0 victory over Mexico in Columbus.
February 15, 2009
EA Sports creates a new online game mode called FIFA 09 Ultimate Team.
February 8, 2009
Check out our review of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2009!
February 6, 2009
Over 70 exciting games await fans of Women's Professional Soccer. View the full WPS schedule here.
January 12, 2009
The biggest move in the young history of Women's Professional Soccer comes with the signing of Marta by the Los Angeles Sol.