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FIFA VP: International games could be off until 2021

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 …

FIFA sees ‘duty’ to help as pandemic ravages soccer finances

FIFA is looking to use its vast financial reserves to provide assistance to a football industry ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic wiping out games and creating unexpected economic hardship in …

Soccer union sees rising case load amid virus shutdown

Soccer players in Belarus are worried about playing games in the only European top-tier league still in action during the coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Couch Slouch: What was FIFA thinking? Cha-ching!

In November 2022 – just a scant three years from now – comes the next World Cup, in Qatar. This will set up one of the extraordinary, epic collisions in …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Bulgaria punishment for soccer fan racism angers activists

Bulgaria was punished Tuesday for the Nazi salutes and racist chanting of its soccer fans with an order to play a European Championship qualifying game in an empty stadium, although …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

AP Source: Vlatko Andonovski to be named coach of U.S. women’s team

U.S. Soccer is expected to name Vlatko Andonovski as the new head coach of the women’s national team.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Alex Morgan, Servando Carrasco announce they’re expecting baby

U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco are expecting their first child.

Champions League roundup: Real Madrid, Tottenham get vital wins

Just when some of Europe’s top teams risked failing to advance from their Champions League groups, they steadied the ship.

Ballon d’Or organizer explains why Neymar was left off list

Too many injuries. A Champions League ban for insulting match officials. Hitting a fan after losing the French Cup final. Agitating for a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk but no Neymar for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar. When the long list of 30 candidates was announced …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

South Korean soccer team tells of ‘rough’ match in Pyongyang

South Korea’s national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a “rough” match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA.

Paul Pogba ruled out of Liverpool game; David De Gea major doubt

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League game against Liverpool, while goalkeeper David De Gea is unlikely to recover …

Revitalized Italy on brink of record 10th straight win

From soccer flops to the brink of making history, Italy has come a long way in the two years since its embarrassing failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Canada beats U.S. 2-0, ends 34-year, 17-game winless streak

The U.S. men’s soccer team lost to Canada for the first time in 34 years, allowing second-half goals to Alphonso Davis and Lucas Cavallini in a 2-0 defeat Tuesday night …

FIFA president lambasts Italian soccer for ‘hiding’ racism

FIFA president Gianni Infantino lambasted Italian soccer authorities for “hiding the truth” about racism in a scathing assessment Tuesday following a complete lack of punishment after three cases of discriminatory …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

Jordan Morris’ late goal gives U.S. 1-1 exhibition draw vs Uruguay

Jordan Morris scored his first international goal in more than two years in the 79th minute, giving the United States a 1-1 tie against Uruguay in an exhibition game.

Sergino Dest set for U.S. debut but could switch to Netherlands

Sergino Dest, an 18-year-old defender with Ajax, is scheduled to start Friday night’s exhibition against Mexico in his debut for the U.S. senior national team but could switch his affiliation …

Italy, Spain keep perfect records in European qualifiers

Spain and Italy have both kept perfect records in European Championship qualifying, moving to five wins from five, but it was far from easy. Italy was lackluster in attack against …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Carli Lloyd, U.S. women ease past Portugal in front of record crowd

Carli Lloyd had a goal and an assist in front of her hometown fans, and the U.S. women’s national team continued its post-World Cup victory tour with a 4-0 win …

Inter signs Alexis Sanchez on loan from Man United

Forward Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan on loan after underperforming at Manchester United. Inter and United both confirmed the deal Thursday.

DaMarcus Beasley has some fixes for American soccer

DaMarcus Beasley is heading into the final stretch of a decorated playing career. The captain of the Houston Dynamo plans to retire at the end of the season. He has …

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

FIFA expands Women’s World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023

FIFA’s Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women’s World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament.

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards

Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women’s award.

UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

FIFA seeks quick expansion of Women’s World Cup to 32 teams

FIFA is asking its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Women’s World Cup to 32 teams. In a document seen by The Associated Press, FIFA says it wants …

U.S. men’s soccer to play Uruguay in St. Louis on Sept. 10

The U.S. men’s soccer team will play Uruguay in an exhibition at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on Sept. 10, four days after the Americans face Mexico at East Rutherford, New …

CONCACAF teams on track for last set of World Cup qualifiers

Mexico, the U.S. and the other nations among the top six in CONCACAF remain on track to compete in the final round of regional qualifying to determine three World Cup …

U.S. women’s soccer to play Portugal in pair of exhibitions

The world champion U.S. women’s soccer team will play a pair of exhibitions against Portugal on its victory tour, on Aug. 29 at Philadelphia and five days later at St. …

Lionel Messi suspended from Argentina’s opening World Cup qualifier

Lionel Messi was suspended from Argentina’s first qualifying march for the 2022 World Cup and fined $1,500 by South American soccer’s governing body. CONMEBOL said its decision resulted from Messi’s …

UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Algeria wins African Cup title, beats Sadio Mane’s Senegal 1-0

Algeria has won the African Cup of Nations, beating Senegal 1-0 in the final with a deflected goal in the opening seconds by striker Baghdad Bounedjah. Bounedjah’s shot on Algeria’s …

United States extends FIFA women’s rankings lead with World Cup win

The United States has extended its lead in the FIFA rankings by retaining the World Cup. The American women’s fourth world title built a record points lead over No. 2 …