FIFA won't allow European bids to host 2026 World Cup

Oct 15, 2016

FIFA won't allow European bids to host 2026 World Cup

North America became a stronger favorite to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after FIFA essentially barred European countries from bidding on Friday. The FIFA Council agreed that UEFA and Asian confederation members should not bid again so soon after Russia hosts the ...

Oct 4, 2016

Infantino wants 48-team World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Monday he would like to expand the number of teams in the World Cup to 48 by adding a one-match playoff at the tournament’s start. Under the new format, the 16 countries that finish highest in qualifying rounds for ...

Sep 24, 2016

Van Basten named FIFA technical boss

FIFA appointed Netherlands and AC Milan great Marco van Basten as a technical director on Friday to help raise coaching standards. FIFA confirmed Van Basten’s new job after he resigned last month as an assistant coach with the Dutch national team. Van Basten was ...

Sep 15, 2016

Japan slips to 56th in FIFA rankings

Japan dropped seven places to 56th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. After losing to the United Arab Emirates at home on Sept. 1 to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, Japan is now the sixth-highest ...

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Aug 25, 2016

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer. The 80-year-old, who headed soccer’s global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June ...

Jennings predicts jail time for Blatter

Aug 5, 2016

Jennings predicts jail time for Blatter


For decades, British investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has exposed corruption at the highest levels in global sports. Repeatedly, his relentless, painstaking work has paid off. It has led to major scoops that shed light on problems that plagued — and continue to plague — ...

FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Jun 4, 2016

FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other leading officials were involved in a “coordinated attempt” to enrich themselves through annual salary increases and World Cup bonuses, world soccer’s governing body said on Friday. FIFA said an internal investigation revealed that the three officials ...

Jun 3, 2016

Swiss police raid FIFA headquarters as probe continues

Switzerland’s attorney general’s office said it conducted a new raid on FIFA to seize evidence in its ongoing investigations of Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke. The federal prosecution office said of the search on Thursday that “documents and electronic data were seized and will ...

May 24, 2016

FIFA fires embattled finance chief over bonus payments

FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner’s exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile ...

FIFA appoints first female secretary general

May 14, 2016

FIFA appoints first female secretary general

FIFA’s corruption crisis was declared to be over by president Gianni Infantino on Friday as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing its first female and first non-European secretary general. Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura has no experience working in sports ...

May 12, 2016

East Asian Football Federation to support Kumamoto earthquake relief efforts

The East Asian Football Federation will donate $20,000 to the Kumamoto Football Association to aid recovery efforts following the recent earthquakes that have rocked Kumamoto and surrounding areas in Kyushu, Japan Football Association president Kozo Tashima said Wednesday. Tashima, an executive board member of ...

United falls to West Ham after bus attack

May 11, 2016

United falls to West Ham after bus attack

Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League soccer took a hit on Tuesday in a 3-2 defeat at West Ham that followed an attack on the visiting team’s bus as it arrived for the match. Objects were thrown as the bus reached the stadium for ...