Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi nominated for top FIFA award

Soccer Aug 1, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi nominated for top FIFA award

Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced Wednesday. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award. Ronaldo and Messi were joined by three Liverpool players, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van ...

Soccer Jul 27, 2019

FIFA seeks 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 said it wants council members to approve adding eight more teams within days and without a formal meeting. ...

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. ...

Soccer Dec 21, 2018

World Cup final attracted global audience of 1.12 billion

A combined global audience of 1.12 billion watched the World Cup final between France and Croatia in July, FIFA, soccer's global governing body, said on Friday. In total, FIFA said, a "combined 3.572 billion viewers — more than half of the global population aged 4 ...