FIFA fines Hong Kong soccer body for China anthem protest

Soccer Oct 9, 2019

FIFA fines Hong Kong soccer body for China anthem protest

FIFA has fined Hong Kong's soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month. Hong Kong fans booed and turned their backs when the anthem was played for their team before a Sept. ...

Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe earn top FIFA awards

Soccer Sep 24, 2019

Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe earn top FIFA awards

Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan's iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday. Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best Awards for leading the United States to the Women's ...

FIFA members gather ahead of Gianni Infantino's re-election

Soccer Jun 4, 2019

FIFA members gather ahead of Gianni Infantino's re-election

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is meeting his 211 voters one day ahead of his re-election for a new four-year term. Infantino is attending a series of meetings on Tuesday hosted by soccer's six continental governing bodies in central Paris hotels. All 211 FIFA member federations meet ...

France win inaugural FIFA eNations Cup

More Sports Apr 15, 2019

France win inaugural FIFA eNations Cup

France showed they were champions in virtual soccer as well as the real game on Sunday when they beat Argentina to win the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup and a $40,000 prize. Twenty countries from six confederations were entered in the esports event, with World Cup ...

FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players for a year over violations

Soccer Feb 23, 2019

FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players for a year over violations

Just hours after Chelsea win in the Europa league earned its under-fire ex-banker coach Maurizio Sarri some breathing space, the club owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was handed another blow: A ban on signing new players. The English team will not be allowed to ...

Japan men's soccer team climbs to No. 27 in world rankings

Soccer Feb 7, 2019

Japan men's soccer team climbs to No. 27 in world rankings

Japan jumped 23 spots to No. 27 in the FIFA world rankings announced Thursday following its runner-up finish in the just-concluded Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The Samurai Blue placed in the top 30 for the first time since 2013. They ranked No. ...