In this Vuvuzealots Original article, author Two Footed (not his real name) questions FIFA’s confusing standards related to uniforms. Why can’t Muslims wear uniforms with a hijab? Why can’t England wear poppies in honor of military serviceman?
FIFA’s Sacred Uniform: Football is Bigger than Religion
by Two Footed
Should international footballers be allowed to wear the hijab? Should national teams be allowed to alter their kit to commemorate war heroes? Should sponsorship be allowed on international kits? “NO!” says the Federation of International Football Associations: “FIFA’s Regulations regarding Players’ Equipment are that they should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages.”
Members of football’s governing body will meet on July 2nd to decide two of the game’s current controversial issues. First, countless televised matches across multiple platforms, along with microscopic, ultra slo-mo scrutiny have led to an increase in the frequency and volume of pundits’ appeals for the use of technology to determine too-close-to-call decisions on the goal line.
I’ll hold my tongue on that matter, for now, to discuss the second issue: the wearing of the hijab by female Muslim players.
Emmanuel Sanon breaks free to score against Italy in the 1974 World Cup
January 12 marks two years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake exploded out from the epicenter of Léogane towards the capital of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding environs. The world has focused on rebuilding Haiti after this tragedy, but it’s important not to lose sight of Haiti’s rich traditions. One of them is soccer.
While writing my novel set in Haiti, I’ve delved even more deeply into the country’s love of the beautiful game. Haiti has several professional leagues, the most notable being Division 1 Ligue Haitienne, which has sent numerous players to ply their trade in overseas clubs. The international selection has had mixed success in the competitive CONCACAF federation but there are a few high water marks in its history.