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Saudi Arabia fans cheer on the national team during a World Cup qualifying match in Riyadh on March 21.
SOCCER / World cup
Mar 27, 2024
Ten years from home World Cup, Saudi Arabia sizes up 'huge challenge'
As the only bidder, Saudi Arabia was anointed host of the 2034 World Cup last October by FIFA.
North Korean fans watch the World Cup qualifying match between Japan and North Korea on Thursday in Tokyo.
Mar 22, 2024
North Korea-Japan World Cup qualifier called off over 'unforeseen circumstances'
North Korea appears to have decided not to stage the match in its capital over worries about infectious diseases in Japan.
Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu holds a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Mar 20, 2024
'Frustration' to drive Japan in North Korea World Cup qualifiers
The pre-tournament favorites and four-time champions exited the Asian Cup in the quarterfinals last month after losing 2-1 to Iran.
Japan fans during the women's team's Olympic qualifier against North Korea in Tokyo last month.
Mar 20, 2024
Japan warns football fans not to go to North Korea for World Cup qualifier
Japan and North Korea play in Tokyo on Thursday as part of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, before the return fixture next week.
An Yong Hak, a former North Korean soccer player, in Yokohama on Thursday. An played 40 times in midfield for North Korea, and appeared with the team at the 2010 World Cup.
Mar 18, 2024
North Korean World Cup player says Japan game more than just soccer
This week's qualifier is a special occasion for some ethnic Koreans in Japan.
The FIFA Series is designed to benefit national teams that do not have the opportunity to play teams from other confederations.
Feb 27, 2024
Biennial FIFA series of friendly games to launch in March
The series is designed to benefit national teams that do not have the opportunity to play teams from other confederations.
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host the World Cup final on July 19, 2026.
Feb 5, 2024
New Jersey selected to host 2026 FIFA World Cup final
The 2026 World Cup final will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, FIFA announced on Sunday.
AC Milan's Mike Maignan and Olivier Giroud after the team's match against Udinese. Fans in Udine, Italy, aimed racist chants at Maignan during the match, which was temporarily halted due to the abuse.
Jan 21, 2024
FIFA boss condemns 'abhorrent' racism during games in Italy and England
The head of the world governing body said there was no place for discrimination of any kind in soccer or broader society.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi controls the ball during practice at Florida Blue Training Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday.
Jan 16, 2024
Messi named FIFA player of 2023; Spain's Bonmati wins women's award
Messi, 36, voted the best player by national teams coaches, captains, journalists and fans, helped Inter Miami win the 2023 Leagues Cup.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric battles for the ball with FC Barcelona's Ilkay Gundogan during a match in October. Plans for a European Super League bringing together elite soccer clubs such as the two Spanish outfits won a surprise boost on Thursday.
Dec 22, 2023
Teams shun European Super League despite shock court victory
UEFA and FIFA are "abusing a dominant position” by applying arbitrary rules on approval, control and sanctions, the top EU court said.
Manchester City players celebrate winning the Champions League final over Inter Milan in Istanbul in June.
Dec 21, 2023
Super League vs UEFA: Court to rule on future of European soccer
The latest bid to set up a Super League of the biggest European soccer clubs collapsed swiftly under the weight of fan anger, but the idea did not die.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks in Miami on Dec. 7. On Sunday, Infantino announced details of the 2025 Club World Cup and the 2024 Intercontinental Cup.
Dec 18, 2023
Club World Cup in June-July 2025, Intercontinental Cup in 2024: FIFA
Announcement has drawn criticism from the global players' union FIFPro as well as the World Leagues Forum.
A pyrotechnic display takes place at Lusail Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022.
Nov 23, 2023
Qatar still reaping benefits of World Cup one year later
The World Cup has raised Qatar's profile in the Middle East.
Palestinian fans cheer during their team's World Cup qualifying match against Australia in Kuwait City on Tuesday.
Nov 22, 2023
Palestinians fly flags in emotional World Cup qualifier in Kuwait
Thousands of Palestinians turned out for the game against Australia, the territory's first in front of fans since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
Takefusa Kubo looks to make a pass during Samurai Blue's World Cup qualifier against Syria in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.
Nov 22, 2023
Rampant Japan dispatches Syria in World Cup qualifier
Takefusa Kubo's 32nd-minute stunner opened the scoring and Ayase Ueda bagged a brace as Japan cruised to a 5-0 win.
South Korea's head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (center) speaks to his players during a training session at Mokdong Stadium on Nov. 13, ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifying match between South Korea and Singapore.
Nov 14, 2023
Warning for Japan as Asian heavyweights begin World Cup qualifying
A record eight direct spots and one intercontinental playoff berth are up for grabs for Asian Football Confederation sides at the expanded event in 2026.
Australia's soccer chief James Johnson believes his country can help FIFA turn its new Club World Cup into a global success.
Nov 14, 2023
Australia aims to follow U.S. in 'building' FIFA's Club World Cup
Australia last month opted not to bid for the 2034 World Cup after facing competition from Saudi Arabia.
Japan national team manager Hajime Moriyasu watches his players train in Osaka on Monday ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifier at home to Myanmar.
Nov 14, 2023
Urawa's Ito latest to withdraw from injury-hit Japan squad
Japan face Myanmar in Osaka on Thursday and Syria five days later in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino (right) after the Copa Libertadores final in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Nov 5, 2023
Brazil submits letter of intent to host 2027 Women's World Cup
Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands submitted a joint expression of interest in April, while the other joint bid includes the United States and Mexico.
The 55-year-old Hajime Moriyasu became the first manager to retain the top Japan job following a World Cup since their tournament debut in 1998 in France.
Nov 1, 2023
Moriyasu named AFC Coach of Year after World Cup success
The Samurai Blue won a tough group in Qatar before going out in the round of 16 on a penalty shootout to eventual semifinalists Croatia.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?