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Soccer Is One of the Most Diverse Sports in the World — But Not in America

In the series The Privilege of Play, Yahoo Sports looks at the youth sports pipeline and what’s keeping children of color from participating in the world’s most popular sport.

At the highest level of soccer in the U.S, there has been a push toward diversity for players, coaches, and administrators. The 2019 Major League Soccer Racial and Gender Report Card showed that the MLS had improved its diversity in hiring over the last 15 years and now comprises 37.5% coaches of color and 61.7% players of color.



Momentum is a blog that captures and reflects the moment we find ourselves in, one where rampant anti-Black racism is leading to violence, trauma, protest, reflection, sorrow, and more. Momentum doesn’t look away when the news cycle shifts.

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Michelle Legro

Deputy Editor, GEN. Previously an editor for Topic, Longreads, The New Republic, and Lapham’s Quarterly.