Wambach, Gulati elected to US Soccer Hall of Fame

Soccer 05/26/19, 14:30

Retired forward Abby Wambach and former U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati have been chosen for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.The pair will be inducted Sept. 21 at the new hall building in Frisco, Texas.The 38-year-old Wambach scored a U.S. record 184 goals in 256 international appearances from ...

Rapinoe kicks FIFA, says women’s soccer not treated equally

Sports 05/24/19, 16:10

U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport's top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment."They have essentially unlimited resources. I don't think that it's really been a huge change at all," the 33-year-old ...

FIFA restoring ‘corruption’ to ethics code after criticism

Soccer 05/24/19, 12:32

FIFA is restoring the offense of "corruption" to its code of ethics, almost one year after facing criticism over the symbolic removal of the term.The Associated Press has seen a proposal that will be presented to the FIFA Council meeting next month showing section 27 will become "Bribery and corruption", ...

Putin awards medal to FIFA president Infantino

Sports 05/23/19, 10:38

Vladimir Putin has given FIFA president Gianni Infantino a medal.The Russian president awarded Infantino the Order of Friendship at the Kremlin on Thursday.Infantino has often said last year's World Cup in Russia, where the host nation surprisingly reached the quarterfinals, was the best of the 21 editions of the tournament.FIFA ...

Source: FIFA to keep 2022 World Cup with 32 teams

Soccer 05/22/19, 14:15

A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly.FIFA ...

Bareman: FIFA takes positive steps in women’s game strategy

Sports 05/15/19, 13:14

When FIFA released its global strategy for women's soccer last year, it was met with some skepticism. But the sport's governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan — against a backdrop of this summer's World Cup in France.Sarai Bareman, FIFA's chief women's football officer, told The ...

Women’s World Cup Group E team capsules

Soccer 05/10/19, 16:29

The teams playing in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, with ranking, qualification, appearances, coach, players to watch, facts to know and the state of women's soccer in each nation: ___ Group E Canada FIFA RANKING: 5 QUALIFICATION: Runner-up at the CONCACAF Qualification tournament WORLD CUP APPEARANCES: 1995 (10th), 1999 (12th), 2003 (4th), 2007 (9th), ...

Weah, Mendez head US roster for Under-20 World Cup in Poland

Sports 05/10/19, 10:01

Tim Weah made the U.S. roster for this month's FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland. Josh Sargent and Tyler Adams were left off Friday, making it likely they will be with the senior national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Alex Mendez heads the 21-man roster after scoring eight goals with ...

Swiss attorney general investigated over handling FIFA case

Sports 05/10/19, 09:00

Switzerland's attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings for financial wrongdoing.The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said Friday it is examining possible violations of his duties in the ...

VAR to be used at African Cup from quarterfinals onwards

Sports 04/30/19, 12:43

The African Cup of Nations will use video reviews for the first time at this year's tournament, from the quarterfinals onwards.Hassan Waberi, the chairman of the Confederation of African Football referees committee, says the African body will go ahead with the technology in Egypt after consulting with FIFA and UEFA.FIFA ...

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion

Soccer 04/27/19, 07:24

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision.FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the ...

Asian soccer candidate files complaint about Kuwaiti sheikh

Sports 04/18/19, 04:43

A candidate who lost an election to join the FIFA Council this month has filed a formal complaint accusing Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of "threats and manipulation."Mariyam Mohamed of Maldives says in a letter to the Asian Football Confederation's election oversight committee that "women's football should work and ...

FIFA bans convicted Brazilian soccer official Marin for life

Soccer 04/15/19, 09:53

Brazilian soccer official Jose Maria Marin was banned for life by FIFA on Monday, 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in the United States. The 86-year-old Marin, who led Brazil's organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, was sentenced in August to four years in prison for racketeering, ...

Infantino holds Kuwait talks on staging 2022 World Cup games

Soccer 04/14/19, 13:44

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has held talks with Kuwaiti politicians and soccer leaders about the country staging games at the 2022 World Cup if the Qatar tournament is enlarged from 32 to 48 teams.Infantino was flying to Qatar on Sunday night to talk to the World Cup leadership about his ...

FIFA head wants refs to end soccer games if racism persists

Sports 04/13/19, 10:53

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases.The head of world soccer's governing body says "we will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any ...

Swiss special counsel clears friend of FIFA head Infantino

Soccer 04/12/19, 07:11

A special counsel's office in Switzerland says it has closed an investigation into a regional prosecutor's links with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.After reports in the "Football Leaks" series last November, a criminal proceeding for possible passive corruption was opened against Rinaldo Arnold, a childhood friend of Infantino.Arnold accepted invitations to ...

Chelsea fights FIFA transfer ban; verdict likely next week

Sports 04/11/19, 04:47

Chelsea's lawyers are at FIFA headquarters challenging the club's one-year transfer ban for breaking youth transfer rules, with a verdict likely next week.FIFA says its appeal committee is hearing the case Thursday.Whatever the verdict, either side can make a further appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The case should ...

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 ...

FIFA chief hails re-election of Asian football chief

Sports 04/06/19, 00:07

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has hailed the re-election of Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, saying it will help the region move forward in stability.Bahrain's Sheikh Salman returned unopposed in the Asian Football Confederation's presidential election Saturday after two candidates withdrew last month.Infantino told the AFC Congress ...

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