N.B.: Not all sites listed below are football-related. But we count on the imagination of our readers to make the necessary connections. Also, be sure to examine our interactive "blogosphere," in a pop-up window.

AMERICAN SOCCER HISTORY ARCHIVES
http://www.sover.net/~spectrum/
Dave Litterer's sublime collection of essays, statistics and minutiae encompasses women's soccer as well as the alphabet soup of soccer's governing bodies in the early days. Regional histories of the game from Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New York are on offer.

BBC VIDEO NATION | FOOTBALL
http://www.bbc.co.uk/videonation/feature/football/
Video diaries about football and life, including inebriated Portsmouth supporter John Westwood, Norman Bowman's footballing dog, and Nghaire Collins's account of life as a female football fan (links open Real Media Player).

BBC WORLD FOOTBALL
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_football/default.stm
Despite the grandiloquence of presenter Alan Green, the weekly program is well worth a listen, with the vast resources of the BBC World Service at its disposal. Shows are available for one week after the Saturday broadcast.

CULTUROSITY™
http://www.culturosity.com/
Founded by Kate Berardo, the site functions as a "cultural information portal" in order to promote global awareness. For example, Culturosity includes free PDF guides to world cinema and photography: "Even when zoomed in on intricate details with their cameras, CPs [cultural photographers] demonstrate a global mindset."

DAVEBRETT.COM:
SOCCER AND SPORTS VIDEOTAPES

http://www.davebrett.com/
The site lists a stunning variety of football tapes from Dave Wasser, who also organized the 2005 North American Soccer League players' reunion (http://www.NASLalumni.org/). Many recordings result from a near-obsessive search for archival footage, some only available from the players themselves. (We would like to see a picture of Wasser's shelving to gauge the sag.) Tapes available for trade or for a nominal fee.

The ball is square?DFB KULTURSTIFTUNG ANSTOSS
http://www.dfb-kulturstiftung.de/projekte/literatur/anstoss.en.html
As of April 2006, four issues of Anstoss, the magazine associated with the 2006 FIFA World Cup cultural program, had been published. Articles are available in English and German, with essays including Thomas Hürlimann's "Ball and Universe: He Who Plays Football Raises His Soul" (issue 1) and Erik Eggers's "Why Eleven of All Numbers? Football between Carnival and Freemasonry" (issue 2). The third issue serves as a catalog for the "Rundlederwelten" (Round leather worlds) exhibit at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

ESPN SOCCERNET
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/
They were the first. Twelve-year-old Tom Hadfield on 14 August 1995 "flicked a switch" from his home in Australia to put what is believed to be the first football website, Soccernet.com, online (Macalister Bryan, "On the Ball and Online for 10 Years," The Guardian, 13 August 2005). Hadfield banked more than £1 million when ESPN acquired the site, which now offers original writing by Phil Ball (Spain), Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger (Germany), Roberto Gotta (Italy), Ernst Bouwes (Netherlands) and others.

And we believe him . . .FLICKR™ FOOTBALL POOL
http://flickr.com/groups/football/pool/
An ad hoc gathering of photo-sharers who pool pictures of grassroots football, as well as snaps of galácticos. You can find some of our pictures here.

FOOTBALL CULTURE (remnants)
http://www.britishcouncil.org/japan-sport-footballculture.htm
Portions of the site previously maintained by the British Council are available at the website of the British Council Japan. For several years the site treated football in relation to themes such as home, gender, faith, money, globalization, and so on.

FOOTBALL UNITES, RACISM DIVIDES
http://www.furd.org/
Sheffield, England–based organization that advocates the end to racial abuse and increased participation among ethnic minorities and women. Pay special attention to the online resource library, with sources alphabetized and also grouped by topic. See also the 2 Sept 2004 gleanings entry, with details of the arson that nearly scorched said library.

Swinging PeléFUTEBOL: THE BRAZILIAN WAY OF LIFE
http://www.ofutebol.com/
Site to promote Alex Bellos's book of similar title, with updated material. Bellos says, "Football is how the world sees Brazilians and how Brazilians see themselves."

HERE ON EARTH WITH JEAN FERACA
http://wpr.org/HereOnEarth/
A search on "soccer" yields zilch. Nevertheless, the weekend show on Wisconsin Public Radio (Saturday and Sunday, 1400–1600 CST), hosted by Jean Feraca, pursues an admirable aim: "We search out the gems . . . international movements, world citizens, cross-cultural conversions, democracy-building initiatives, and the best world literature, movies, arts, food, and culture." Occasionally the show features an on-air book club or poetry circle.

METROPOLITAN ATLANTA CASUAL SOCCER LEAGUE
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/soccer_atlanta/
This is the group with which we play on alternate Saturdays. So, check the site calendar if you anticipate being in the Atlanta area, and please join us. While it is hot much of the year (we kick off around noon), we have yet to see anyone perspire in the hue of a popular thirst-quencher.

NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME
http://www.soccerhall.org/
The relatively new museum complex in Oneonta, New York, opened in 1999. Be sure to take the "virtual" museum tour, including the suddenly poignant picture of the WUSA display. Sigh.

Typical Pitchcare photo: groundskeeper with equipmentPITCHCARE
http://www.pitchcare.com/
Subtitled The Interactive Online Magazine for Groundsmen and Greenkeepers, Pitchcare offers esoteric coverage of the soil and turf so vital to enjoyment of the game. A recent feature ("Irrigation Problems at Tividale," 18 July 2005; registration required) chronicles how non-League side Tividale FC dealt with drought problems. Groundsman Chris Charles "had all [of] his end-of-season renovation, seeding and fertilising to undertake with only a simple impact sprinkler situated on a sledge to irrigate." Job openings and equipment sales also are advertised.

PLAY THE GAME:
THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS MEDIA CONFERENCE AND KNOWLEDGE BANK

http://www.play-the-game.org/
Content-rich website of a Denmark-based affiliation of sports journalists, billing itself as a "home for the homeless questions in sport." The group has held conferences in 1997, 2000 and 2002, with the most recent 6–10 November 2005. Search the knowledge base for wide-ranging perspective on world football, women's issues and culture.

POETRY INTERNATIONAL WEB
http://www.poetryinternational.org/
A trove of poetry in translation, with selections available from Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America. Football-related poems from Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Colombia.

REC.SPORTS.SOCCER STATISTICS FOUNDATION
http://www.rsssf.com/
This site is no-frills, but extremely useful. The aims are simple: worldwide compilation of statistics and standings. If you need more-or-less current standings from Mozambique's first division (as we did once), try this site.

Tandaleya WilderSHE GOT GAME
http://www.shegotgame.com/
Tandaleya Wilder (left) hosts a radio program on women's sports, produced at WSHU-FM in Fairfield, Connecticut, and syndicated to public-radio stations in the United States. The show, as of late 2004, is in hiatus, in search of funding, but a rich archive exists at the site, including programs with Tiffeny Milbrett and a feature on the "original soccer mom," Joy Fawcett (links open Real Media Player).

SOCCER AUDIO
http://www.socceraudio.com/
Invaluable site with prodigious listings of games aired live on the Internet. Also includes a selection of football talk shows from around the globe.

Soccer for PeaceSOCCER FOR PEACE
http://www.soccerforpeace.com/
Based in New York, Soccer for Peace numbers among a small gaggle of groups using football to create affinity between Jewish and Arab children in the Middle East. Other groups include Football 4 Peace in the U.K. and the Peres Center for Peace. A recent project, in August 2005, was a four-day soccer camp for Jewish and Arab youth called "Camp Coexistence," another means of expressing "the universality of soccer and its power to break down all barriers that separate one person from another."

SOCCER MOMS FOR PEACE
http://www.soccermomsforpeace.org/
Sale of "Soccer Moms for Peace"™ paraphernalia goes to peace organizations. The brains behind the Colorado-based operation, Kristi Holmes Espiñeira and Andrés Espiñeira, write that "with conflicts all over the world, it is more crucial than ever to let our leaders know that most mainstream Americans, regardless of political affiliation, prefer peaceable solutions to world conflicts."

STREET FOOTBALL WORLD
http://globall.streetfootballworld.org/index_html/en
A website and organization, based in Berlin, celebrating grassroots football art, culture and community betterment. Includes news from grassroots football programs around the world. For the 2006 World Cup finals, the group has assumed an integral part in the tournament's cultural program, organizing the streetfootballworld festival (http://www.festival06.org/) and helping schools across Germany share their knowledge about the 205 FIFA nations (http://www.wmschulen.de/).

Homeless World Cup 2004STREET SOCCER
http://www.streetsoccer.org/
Organizers of the Homeless World Cup. You can download the official program for the 2004 event (PDF file , 10.8MB), as well as the Homeless World Cup video (Windows media).

Children in AfghanistanUNICEF: FOOTBALL, THE RIGHT TO PLAY
http://www.unicef.org/football/index.html
The UN program advocates for children—for their education and quality of life—by establishing football programs in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, Georgia, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia and Sudan. The site includes features from all these places.

WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS
http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/
An online journal of international literature featuring, in past issues, works in translation from China, Poland, the Balkans, Russia and Iraq.

WORLD CUP 2002: THE DIGITAL COLLECTION
http://www.interactivepublishing.net/worldcup/
"The web has no memory—unless it is created." Norbert Specker of Interactive Publishing of Switzerland invoked this motto following 11 September 2001 as motivation for creating a digital memory bank of the momentous events. The concept expanded to the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan. In this section of the site are stored more than 5,000 screen captures of websites covering every game in 15 languages. What did Denmark daily Berlingske Tidende say after Senegal's shock defeat of France in the opener? "Senegal skaber VM-sensation." We leave the translation to you.

WORLD PRESS REVIEW
http://www.worldpress.org/
Presents translations of newspaper and magazine articles from around the world. A project of the Stanley Foundation.

WORLD TALK RADIO INSIDE SOCCER
http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=26
Weekly four-hour broadcast (Saturdays, 1700–2100 EDT) from San Diego including regular segments on women's soccer hosted by Melodie Turori.