UEFA tightens rules on Kosovo, but leaves loopholes

Soccer 05/29/19, 11:54

UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes."This policy obliges all other teams to accept to play against Kosovo national and club teams as the result of a draw, be it on their own territory or ...

UEFA head Ceferin says all ideas open for Champions League

Soccer 05/17/19, 15:28

Amid rising tensions between European clubs and leagues over shaping the Champions League's future, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin insisted Friday all ideas are on the table and nothing is yet settled.Ceferin hosted 55 UEFA member federations to share ideas for the format of the competition beginning in 2024 as part ...

Ceferin to : UEFA will explore CL revamp despite attacks

Sports 05/11/19, 12:04

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin countered "negative energy" from critics of any Champions League overhaul that could lock in places by defending the need to be "constantly thinking about improving" European competitions.Leagues across the continent — particularly Spain's La Liga — fear their competitions would be damaged if UEFA pursued a ...

Ceferin stresses big clubs with closed Champions League idea

Sports 05/10/19, 14:31

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told leaders from European leagues not to forget the importance of big clubs in generating cash during a private meeting in which plans were detailed for a closed-off Champions League favoring the elite.A recording and images obtained by The Associated Press from the meeting at the ...

Reinhard Grindel resigns form UEFA, FIFA ruling committees

Sports 04/10/19, 10:23

German soccer official Reinhard Grindel has resigned as a UEFA vice president and as a member of the FIFA Council, one week after being forced out as president of his national federation.Grindel says he wanted to protect the European body's reputation and confirmed his decision in a letter to UEFA ...

UEFA set to meet clubs, leagues on Euro competitions future

Sports 03/17/19, 15:23

The future of the Champions League will be shaped in the coming weeks as UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hosts talks with representatives of clubs and leagues.UEFA, European soccer's governing body, is gathering views ahead of a meeting of its executive committee in May when the 2021-24 cycle for the European ...

Video review for Women’s World Cup backed by FIFA panel

Soccer 03/04/19, 15:28

The FIFA panel overseeing Women's World Cup preparations recommended on Monday using video review to help referees, clearing the path for final confirmation next week.The plan has strong backers in FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UEFA leader Aleksander Ceferin, who chaired Monday's meeting of the organizing committee for world soccer ...

1-minute silence for Emiliano Sala at Champions League games

Sports 02/12/19, 04:24

UEFA says a one-minute silence to honor Emiliano Sala will be held before all Champions League and Europa League games this week.Clubs can also choose to wear black armbands as a tribute to the 28-year-old Sala, who died in an airplane crash in the English Channel last month.UEFA President Aleksander ...

Update: UEFA president Ceferin won’t be a ‘yes man’

Soccer 02/07/19, 04:57

The Latest from the UEFA meetings (all times local):___10:50 a.m.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says he won't be a "yes man" supporting FIFA's push for a $25 billion deal to create and revamp competitions.With FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the audience, Ceferin says UEFA is showing respect for soccer by saying ...

UEFA’s Ceferin pledges to protect Champions League

Soccer 02/07/19, 04:29

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says he is working with European Club Association leader Andrea Agnelli to protect the Champions League from any breakaway threats.Ceferin says "while we lead these two organizations there will be no Super League. It is a fact."Speaking to European soccer officials on Wednesday ahead of his ...

Clubs, FIFA to test UEFA leader Ceferin in new 4-year term

Sports 02/05/19, 10:47

The easy part of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin's next four-year term as the leader of European soccer's governing body is winning re-election Thursday as the only candidate.After the ballot formality in Rome, challenges stack up for the lawyer from Slovenia — elite clubs demanding more Champions League money and FIFA ...

UEFA against Morocco being part of Spain-Portugal WCup bid

Soccer 12/03/18, 10:41

European soccer's leadership is against Spain and Portugal combining with Morocco to bid for the 2030 World Cup.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who has previously praised plans for a British Isles tournament, said Monday he would not back a nation from another continent being involved in a European bid."I'm not in ...

UEFA looks again at video review in Champions League

Soccer 11/20/18, 15:44

UEFA could yet use video review in this season's Champions League if it decides in December to bring forward the introduction of the technology, which was originally planned for next August.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says a report from his referees department next week could mean "we will see when we ...

UEFA, Europe’s top clubs dismiss threat of new competitions

Soccer 11/20/18, 09:39

The leaders of UEFA and the group representing Europe's top clubs have dismissed the threat of privately-run new competitions.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli spoke after weeks of speculation about a breakaway European Super League and months of FIFA promoting a multi-billion dollar Club World Cup revamp.Ceferin ...

Aleksander Ceferin set for re-election as UEFA president

Soccer 11/08/18, 13:52

Aleksander Ceferin is set to be re-elected unopposed as UEFA president.The Slovenian was elected in September 2016 to complete the four-year term of Michel Platini, who was banned by world soccer's ruling body FIFA for financial misconduct.European soccer's governing body UEFA says the deadline for candidates ahead of the election ...

UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season

Soccer 09/27/18, 06:38

Video review will start being used to help referees next season in the Champions League, after the technology makes its UEFA debut at the Super Cup.The UEFA executive committee also decided Thursday to approve the video assistant referee system for the 2020 European Championship and the 2020-21 Europa League.The first ...

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