QATAR is now planning for a "complete normal" World Cup in 2022 after the rapid progress in producing vaccines for the coronavirus, the tournament CEO told The Associated Press on Sunday ahead of the European qualifying draw.Early in the pandemic that ...
Dec 7, 2020
BERLIN - Spain and Germany held on to claim uninspiring wins in the Nations League on Saturday, when Luxembourg and Montenegro also won their games.A blunder from Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer was enough for Spain to win, 1-0, in an empty ...
Oct 11, 2020
SAO PAULO - FIFA decided on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) that clubs can stop their players from participating in international matches until the end of the year depending on COVID-19 conditions in the countries to which they are traveling.The announcement comes ...
Oct 2, 2020
LONDON - The Premier League is asking football's lawmakers to allow more flexibility and leniency for referees assessing handballs after being told by players and managers that the current regulations are too harsh.England's top division has fielded complaints ...
Oct 1, 2020
SAO PAULO - Brazil withdrew its bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, arguing on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) it cannot offer Fifa the financial assurances it needs because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Brazilian Football Confederation ...
Jun 9, 2020
ENGLISH Premier League players will be able to show solidarity with the George Floyd justice campaign during games without the prospect of facing sanctions.The Football Association on Tuesday endorsed FIFA's new stance that "common sense" would be applied when ...
Jun 3, 2020
FIFA urged football competition organizers on Monday to apply "common sense" and consider not sanctioning players demanding justice for George Floyd during matches.The recognition by Fifa of the "depth of sentiment" over Floyd's death came in a rare statement ...
Jun 2, 2020
ROME - While football leagues around Europe are still debating whether and when to resume playing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the leader of the continent's Federation of Sports Medicine Associations is calling for a detailed series of tests to clear athletes ...
Apr 15, 2020
MOST international soccer might not be played until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume, a FIFA vice president said Monday.Victor Montagliani, a Canadian who is president of the governing ...
Apr 14, 2020
GENEVA - In a legal victory for former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him for suspected criminal mismanagement.The Swiss attorney general's office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend ...
Apr 12, 2020
GENEVA - Football players in Belarus are worried about playing games in the only European top-tier league still in action during the coronavirus pandemic, their global union said Tuesday."Frankly, it's not comprehendible how this can be going on," Jonas ...
Apr 1, 2020
AS the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic ripple across world football, FIFA sees a "duty" to offer a lifeline from its vast cash reserves.Talks are underway about how the governing body's support fund will be distributed, with the ...
Apr 1, 2020
ZURICH - FIFA is investigating suspected match-fixing in Myanmar's 7-0 loss in a World Cup qualifier last year."We are looking into this matter," FIFA said Tuesday, confirming reports in Myanmar media which said officials had visited the country ...
Feb 19, 2020
Sports games have been around since the dawn of gaming. Ever since 1972's Pong on the Atari console, they've been a staple on every gaming generation since. We've come a long way since then, and the past decade ...
Dec 27, 2019
ZURICH - FIFA filed court claims in Switzerland on Monday against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to recover more than $2 million from an irregular payment that led to both men being banned from international soccer.FIFA said in a statement that any ...
Dec 17, 2019
NO less than Fifa president Gianni Infantino paid tribute to the leadership of Philippine Football Federation president Mariano "Nonong" Araneta.In his first visit to the country recently, Infantino expressed satisfaction on the performance of the PFF under Araneta, who is seeking ...
Oct 28, 2019
ZURICH - Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo has been banned for life for bribery worth millions of dollars that was exposed by a sprawling American federal investigation of corruption in international soccer.FIFA's ethics committee found the Uruguayan official guilty of ...
Oct 3, 2019
FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation.FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding ...
May 23, 2019
MADRID - Lionel Messi's international return didn't do much to help Argentina regain top form.Messi was back on Friday for the first time since the 2018 World Cup but couldn't stop his team losing 3-1 ...
Mar 23, 2019
THE European members attending the Fifa Council voted against introducing a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and clubs are refusing to participate.The seven dissenting voices on Friday could not stop Fifa President Gianni Infantino from securing approval for a ...
Mar 16, 2019
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