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Major Link Soccer: Ben Olsen knows he’s got a lot to learn about the women’s game

Away fans cleared to return to club matches in UEFA; NWSL Championship start time universally panned.

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NWSL / women’s soccer

The D.C. United icon explains how he was approached for the job, why he accepted, and what he hopes to do about the club’s culture. Ben Olsen on jumping from MLS to NWSL as Spirit president – The Athletic

As the headline game in the opening round of the 2021/22 Barclays FA WSL season, Arsenal v Chelsea more than lived up to its hype. Experiencing the FA WSL at the Emirates | Beyond 90

The championship match’s early start time drew criticism from players across the league. Orlando Pride withdrew bid for NWSL championship, to be hosted in Portland - Orlando Sentinel

US soccer

USMNT legend Landon Donovan was fuming at midfielder Weston McKennie after he was suspended for a team health protocol violation. Landon Donovan Has Brutally Honest Take On USMNT Situation | The Spun

World soccer

Jean-Pierre Adams, the former France and Paris Saint-Germain defender who spent 39 years in a coma, has died. Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams dies after 39 years in a coma

One racist troll tracked down by the BBC says social media companies should have banned him for longer. Euro 2020 racism: File on 4 confronts Saka troll - BBC News

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says the controversy surrounding Brazil and Argentina’s World Cup qualifier will make clubs “incredibly nervous” about releasing players. Brazil v Argentina controversy will make clubs ‘nervous’ to release players says Aston Villa CEO - BBC Sport

Uefa will allow away fans to attend European club matches from next week, although national restrictions remain in place. Uefa to allow away fans at European club competition fixtures from next week - BBC Sport

John Terry and Michael Owen are among players talking to Fifa’s chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, about major changes to the international match calendar. John Terry & Michael Owen talking to Arsene Wenger about international calendar changes - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

Another day with a lot of men’s World Cup Qualifiers — check the link above for full listings.

9:00 AM: Syria vs. UAE (men’s World Cup qualifier) — Paramount+

11:45 AM: Netherlands vs. Turkey (men’s World Cup qualifier) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Burkina Faso vs. Algeria (men’s World Cup qualifier) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: Hartford Athletic vs. Louisville City (USL Championship) — ESPN2

6:00 PM: Austin Bold vs. San Antonio (USL Championship) — ESPN+

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