/ Mar 31, 2017

FIFA targets six-team playoff round for 2026 World Cup

FIFA wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 World Cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup. The final two qualifying slots would be decided in the proposed mini-tournament played in the November before the World Cup as ...

Feb 16, 2017

FIFA chief Infantino supports co-hosting for 2026 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday he intends to encourage co-hosting for the 2026 World Cup that could divide the tournament up between as many as four countries. “We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we ...

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

/ Jan 11, 2017

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation said Wednesday that the continent deserves to be among the chief recipients of extra World Cup places following FIFA’s decision to expand the event to 48 teams. All confederations will be eager to capture as many as possible of the ...

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

Jan 10, 2017

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy. Soccer’s governing body said on its Twitter feed ...

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

Dec 17, 2016

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Saturday claimed there are “no down sides” to expanding the World Cup to 48 teams and “no taboos” in discussing changes to soccer’s flagship competition. Infantino has proposed increasing the number of teams at the World Cup from the ...

Kashima proves worth as FIFA praises replay system

Dec 15, 2016

Kashima proves worth as FIFA praises replay system

The Kashima Antlers have always found a way to get the job done, which is why they have 18 pieces of silverware stocked in their trophy case and on Wednesday, the eight-time J. League champions added another accolade by becoming the first Asian side ...

FIFA boss open to 32-team CWC

Nov 19, 2016

FIFA boss open to 32-team CWC

FIFA president Gianni Infantino thinks the mostly unloved Club World Cup could expand to a 32-team tournament played in June. Infantino said in interviews published on Friday in Italian and Spanish newspapers that a club competition could start in 2019. A 32-team event played ...

Nov 4, 2016

Kumagai nominated for FIFA award

Defender Saki Kumagai was among 10 players nominated Thursday for the Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016 award. Kumagai, who helped Japan win the 2011 Women’s World Cup, won the European Champions League, along with a domestic league and cup double with her French club ...

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 ...