Throughout the Women's World Cup an array of accomplished writers and scholars filed regularly from Canada with an eye on bringing a wide-ranging scope to the 2015 tournament. The stories spanned different nations, teams, aspects and elements of the competition while bringing attention to some of the bigger and some of the under-the-radar storylines during the seventh Women's World Cup.
The cast of writers includes: Laurent Dubois, Jean Williams, Brenda Elsey, Jennifer Doyle, Shireen Ahmed, Joshua Nadel and Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff.
From the history of the sport to team-specific profiles and more, below is the entire running series of Upfront and Offside: Dispatches on the Women's World Cup.
Ben Nelms/Maddie Meyer-FIFA/Getty ImagesJapan and England will meet in the semifinals, but their history with one another goes back decades, writes Jean Williams. READ MORE
Steve Bardens-FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesThe France vs. Germany quarterfinal offered the best and brightest women's soccer has to offer, writes Laurent Dubois. READ MORE
Andre Ringuette/Getty ImagesDespite its growth in recent years and its status as a 2015 contender, France still fights for the media spotlight at home, writes Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff. READ MORE
France's Jessica Houara recently posed for a portrait wearing a hijab, the headscarf that has ignited a furious cultural debate in France. With Houara's visibility on the popular French national team, what does the future hold for players who wish to wear headscarves? Laurent Dubois and Shireen Ahmed discuss. READ MORE