Former U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis is now leading a group that is exploring a biennial Women's World Cup as a way to grow the game, but insists the controversial plan isn't a foregone conclusion.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar's Brazil teammates are still hoping the 29-year-old striker will remain with the national team after next year's World Cup, despite saying the tournament in Qatar could be his last.
GENEVA (AP) — Denmark added to the most perfect campaign in World Cup qualifying on Saturday and England also eased toward winning its group.
Wins for Scotland, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine moved each closer to at least a place in the playoffs next year with the finals tournament in Qatar in sight.
FARO, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo added to his goal-scoring record in men's international soccer by helping Portugal brush off Qatar 3-0 in a friendly on Saturday, while Serbia took the lead of their World Cup qualifying group.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal magistrate judge in Nevada has sided with Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers against a woman who sued for more than the $375,000 in hush money she received in 2010 after saying the international soccer star raped her in Las Vegas.
MILAN (AP) — Spain ended Italy's record unbeaten run of 37 matches by beating the European champion 2-1 Wednesday in the Nations League semifinals after Roberto Mancini's team was reduced to 10 men.
MILAN (AP) — Spain’s cunning plan on how to beat Italy this time appears to have a flaw.
They meet in the Nations League semifinals on Wednesday, three months after another semifinal matchup at the European Championship.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA detailed its plan for reshaping international soccer around playing the men’s World Cup every two years despite European opposition that could lead to a boycott.
Joined by retired greats, FIFA unveiled the proposal Thursday but the pushback from Europe was immediate as UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed it could launch a boycott by its teams which have dominated soccer’s marquee event since Brazil won in 2002.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Portugal overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo to comfortably defeat Azerbaijan 3-0 and take the lead in its World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday.
Bernardo Silva, André Silva and Diogo Jota scored a goal each to give Portugal a two-point lead over Serbia, which conceded late in a 1-1 draw at Ireland in the other Group A match.
GENEVA (AP) — After the Super League crisis and ongoing legal fight by three of its creators, top European soccer clubs were praised Tuesday as a united family by their new Qatari leader.
A busy period for international soccer politics was kicked off by the European Club Association's first meeting since the turmoil in April that threatened the status of the UEFA-run Champions League.
FARO, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest-scoring man in the international soccer history with his 110th goal for Portugal on Wednesday.
The Portugal captain scored in the 89th minute against Ireland in a World Cup qualifier, moving ahead of former Iranian striker Ali Daei.
LONDON (AP) — So close.
It took just a few weeks to undo decades of pessimism for England fans, persuading millions that the team could defy decades of disappointment and win a major international soccer tournament for the first time since 1966.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of soccer fans packed the Puskas Arena in Budapest last week to attend Euro 2020 matches. It was the first full-house international soccer event in Europe in more than a year — made possible largely by Hungary's adoption of government-issued immunity cards.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — This time, the Netherlands never looked like throwing away their two-goal lead.
Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries scored a goal in each half as the Dutch comfortably beat Austria 2-0 Thursday to advance to the round of 16 at the European Championship.
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North Macedonia has become the first team to be eliminated from the European Championship.
LONDON (AP) — Unimaginable now, especially with tickets in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic, but when England and Scotland first decided to play each other in a soccer match they weren't sure if there would be much demand.
The European Championship is the first major international soccer tournament to take place since the coronavirus outbreak and arrives at the end of the most condensed club season in history.
GENEVA (AP) — In an era of radically rethinking how and where to play international soccer, the European Championship has helped make constant change the norm.
Euro 2020 will start on June 11 with 24 teams playing game around the continent, from Glasgow to Munich to St.
RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — An Israeli soccer referee has come out as transgender and is living — and enforcing the rules of the game — as the only woman in the country's top-shelf league.
Sapir Berman announced Tuesday she has received the support of her family, the local referees' union and Israeli and international soccer officials.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden made the case Wednesday that the pay disparity between men and women has hurt the economy, bringing members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team to the White House to help set new goals for equality.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Voting is open for the next inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, with Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Animal Crossing among the 12 finalists.
Also on the ballot announced Thursday are: FarmVille, FIFA International Soccer, Mattel Football, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Pole Position, Portal, StarCraft, Tron and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego.
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.
MOSCOW (AP) _ Visitors to the World Cup have experienced the beauty and geographic diversity of Russia amid warm, sometimes sweltering temperatures and nearly endless midsummer daylight.
Associated Press photographers captured these images of daily life in the vast country as the soccer tournament moved into its knockout phase.
MOSCOW (AP) _ The two most recognizable names in global soccer were eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday. But the first day of knockout matches still had plenty of star power.
France's lightning teenager Kylian Mbappe and Uruguay's silky veteran Edinson Cavani each scored two goals as their teams knocked out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, respectively.
MOSCOW (AP) — France and Denmark played down to expectations to start Day 13 at the World Cup, delivering the tournament's first goalless game after 36 other matches managed to produce a score. It wasn't hard to see coming: France had already qualified for the knockout stage, and Denmark needed only a draw to join them and knock out Australia, which fell 2-0 to Peru anyway.The real drama came later, when Argentina and Lionel Messi sneaked past Nigeria and into the round of 16 with a late goal for a 2-1 win, and Croatia sent Iceland home with a bruising 2-1 defeat.
MOSCOW (AP) — The first day of World Cup teams playing simultaneous matches to see who advances came down to the wire — and to video replays — that saw Spain emerge atop its group thanks to a tiebreaker.
MOSCOW (AP) _ The World Cup has brought hundreds of thousands of international tourists to Russia, but in Moscow and the 10 other host cities, many people have gone about their lives with minimal disruption away from the stadiums.
MOSCOW (AP) _ Day 7 of the World Cup brought some clarity into the group standings, and Cristiano Ronaldo seized another opportunity to shine.
It was also a day when all three matches ended 1-0 — only the third time in World Cup history with three single-goal games in the same day.
MOSCOW (AP) _ It was a day of upsets in an underdog-friendly World Cup.
Japan knocked off Colombia, becoming the first Asian team to beat a squad from South America in the tournament's history.
MOSCOW (AP) _ Day 5 of the World Cup was a European sweep.
Three favored teams from Europe _ Sweden, Belgium and England _ won their World Cup openers over squads from elsewhere.
England's win was the most dramatic, 2-1 over Tunisia on a header by Harry Kane in stoppage time.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Day 4 at the World Cup began much the way Days 1 and 2 ended: with a gorgeous, swerving goal off a free kick.
MOSCOW (AP) _ Penalty kicks factored in all four matches on Day 3 of the World Cup.
France scored on a penalty awarded after a video review in its win over Australia. Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick that helped Iceland manage a 1-1 tie against Argentina.
MOSCOW (AP) _ Day 2 of the World Cup started Friday with an unexciting match between Egypt and favored Uruguay, which avoided a scoreless draw in the final minute.
Morocco and Iran also had their match decided by a late goal _ an own-goal by Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz.
MOSCOW (AP) _ With Russian President Vladimir Putin watching, the national team opened the World Cup with a 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia in a match between the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament.
LONDON (AP) — England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international duty on Wednesday to focus on his club career at Everton.
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A Straw Soccer Stadium In Russia
Russia is desperate to control spending on the 2018 World Cup.A farmer might just have the answer _ straw stadiums.
In a project straight out of the “Three Little Pigs” fairytale, Roman Ponomaryov has built a straw replica of the 43 billion ruble ($700 million) stadium in St.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Sports ties between North and South Korea often mirror their rocky political ties.
A low point was when North Korean medalists ignored South Korean rivals who tried to shake their hands at podiums ahead of the North's boycott of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The youngest captain to lead Germany into a tournament in 105 years, Julian Draxler has effortlessly taken on the task of mentoring an inexperienced squad.
All while displaying the versatility linking up attacks that has helped to steer Germany into the Confederations Cup semifinals.
MOSCOW (AP) — Claudio Bravo is fit again and could start in goal against Australia at the Confederations Cup on Sunday, Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said Saturday.
Bravo — who is Chile's joint most-capped player with Alexis Sanchez — hasn't played since April 27, when he injured his calf for Manchester City in a derby game with Manchester United.