Soccer Jun 14, 2019

Nations League winner Portugal climbs to No. 5 in FIFA rankings

Nations League champion Portugal is up two places to No. 5 in the FIFA men's rankings, which are still led by Belgium. World champion France in second, Copa America host Brazil and England complete an unchanged top four in the standings published Friday. World Cup runner-up ...

Champions League architect Lennart Johansson dies at 89

Soccer Jun 5, 2019

Champions League architect Lennart Johansson dies at 89

Lennart Johansson, who oversaw the introduction of the Champions League during a 17-year reign as president of European soccer's governing body, has died. He was 89. The Swedish soccer association said the former UEFA president died Tuesday after a short illness. "Lennart Johansson was our biggest ...

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. ...