Jan. 9 – Barcelona ace Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich tonight, becoming only the fourth player in history to land three World Player of the Year awards… Japan’s Homare Sawa, star of the Women’s World Cup in Germany, won the women’s award. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

July 18 – Asian Football Confederation acting president Zhang Jilong hails Japan’s World Cup win, saying it will benefit women’s football on the continent… Dominant USA rue missed chances, but fledgling American women’s league hopes to capitalise… Blatter looks ahead to Canada 2015. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.