Inside the "kafala" migrant labor system

The system has come under scrutiny over alleged human rights and labor abuses during the construction preceding the World Cup.
Foreign laborers make up the overwhelming majority of Qatar. The country's "sponsorship" system has come under scrutiny from human rights activists in the leadup to the World Cup.
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How expensive is it to host the World Cup or Olympics?

Nov 3, 2022
The upcoming soccer World Cup in Qatar is unlikely to recoup its economic costs and might be costly to the country's image too.
For most cities, hosting large, global events is a pricey endeavor with questionable economic benefits. Qatar is unlikely to recoup its costs for the upcoming soccer World Cup, according to professor Victor Matheson.
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Women's soccer World Cup is becoming a global sensation—and a fashion one too

Jun 24, 2019
Soccer jerseys are a hot fashion item nowadays.
United States' forward Tobin Heath (C) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group F football match between Sweden and USA, on June 20, 2019, at the Oceane Stadium in Le Havre, northwestern France.
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Sponsors make a bet on Women's World Cup soccer

Jun 7, 2019
Twenty-five million Americans watched the last women's final, and many sponsors are betting this year's tournament will be even more popular.
Carli Lloyd of the U.S. scores the team's second goal against Japan in the 2015 Women's World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada.
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How the U.S. men’s soccer team got its shot at glory — and then lost it all during the 1998 World Cup

Jun 15, 2018
The 12-part series “American Fiasco” looks at how it all went wrong.
Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the 1998 World Cup first round match against the USA at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France. Iran won the match 2-1.
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A battle for World Cup supremacy happens off the pitch

Jun 14, 2018
Every four years, the soccer tournament turns into an epic branding battle between Nike and Adidas.
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FIFA gets countries to bend laws all the time. Why nothing on LGBT laws in Russia?

Jun 1, 2018
FIFA and Russia lay down the law, but corporate sponsors have influence too.
Fans fly the rainbow flag before the game between New York City and Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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FIFA corruption report has scandals but no disqualification

Jun 28, 2017
FIFA released a 2014 report looking at ethics violations in the World Cup host nation selection process for 2018 and 2022.
A FIFA suitcase.
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