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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.
SOCCER
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.
SOCCER
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.
SOCCER
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.
SOCCER
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.
Becoming the lone bidder for the 2034 World Cup, just 27 days after its campaign was announced, caps a stunning year where the unheralded Saudi Pro League has snapped up some of soccer's top stars including Cristiano Ronaldo (center).
SOCCER
Nov 1, 2023
Bridging the Gulf: How the World Cup is key to Saudi revamp
While human rights controversies have not gone away, the kingdom is gaining a reputation for extravagant forays into sport.
FIFA had invited bids from Asia and Oceania for the 2034 World Cup by Oct. 31.
SOCCER / World cup
Oct 31, 2023
Saudi Arabia clear to host 2034 World Cup after Australia drops out
FIFA had invited bids from Asia and Oceania for the tournament by Oct. 31.
Former President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales says he will use his right to appeal a three-year ban on all soccer-related activities.
SOCCER
Oct 31, 2023
Spain's ex-FA chief Rubiales gets three-year ban over kiss scandal
Rubiales said he will use his right to appeal, accusing FIFA of not giving him the chance to defend himself.
Bobby Charlton scored 249 goals in 758 appearances for Manchester United, as well as 49 goals in 106 caps for England.
SOCCER
Oct 22, 2023
Bobby Charlton, England and Manchester United great, dies at 86
A survivor of the infamous 1958 Munich air crash, Charlton later helped England win its only World Cup and guided United to European glory.
Japan's Ritsu Doan controls the ball in front of Croatia's Borna Barisic during the second half of their match at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Dec. 5, 2022.
SOCCER
Oct 20, 2023
Japan to play World Cup qualifier against Syria in Saudi Arabia
The Foreign Ministry has an evacuation advisory in place prohibiting travel to Syria, where a civil war has continued since it broke out in 2011.
Spain's Olga Carmona and Ona Batlle celebrate after the Women's World Cup final in Sydney on Aug. 20. The team had been in dispute with the Spanish federation before the tournament.
SOCCER
Oct 19, 2023
FIFA official urges nations to fully support women's soccer
Soccer associations need to properly support their women's teams so they can perform at their best, FIFA's Sarai Bareman said.
NFL players have called for all stadiums to shift to natural grass fields in order to reduce the number of injuries sustained on artificial turf.
MORE SPORTS / Football
Oct 18, 2023
Reports: NFL wants to team with FIFA to tackle turf issues
FIFA will use a hybrid grass for the World Cup, frustrating NFL players who believe their league can do more to move away from artificial surfaces.
Afghanistan finished fifth in its Asian qualifying group for the 2022 FIFA World Cup before failing to reach the 2023 Asian Cup.
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Oct 11, 2023
'We're not monsters,' says Afghanistan coach ahead of WC qualifiers
Coach Abdullah Al-Mutairi is targeting a berth in the 2027 Asian Cup.
England goalkeeper Mary Earps was among those calling for replicas of her jersey to be sold by team supplier Nike during the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
SOCCER
Oct 10, 2023
Nike, after criticism, releases Mary Earps goalkeeper jersey
Nike previously faced backlash from fans and from Earps herself after replicas of the goalkeeper’s jersey were not made available during the competition.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a FIFA Virfual Council meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
SOCCER / World cup
Oct 5, 2023
FIFA World Cup be held across three continents in 2030
FIFA will allow all six of those countries' national teams to receive automatic entries.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (left) shoots against Toronto FC defender Raoul Petretta at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday.
SOCCER / World cup
Sep 22, 2023
'We'll see': Messi unsure about 2026 World Cup
For now, the Argentina captain said he is focused on the 2024 U.S.-hosted Copa America tournament.
Montse Tome, the new coach of Spain's women's soccer team, speaks at a news conference in Las Rozas, Spain, on Monday.
SOCCER
Sep 19, 2023
Spain's women's players say their boycott remains, deepening crisis
Should they refuse the call-up, the players could face sanctions including fines of up to $32,000 and the suspension of their federation licence.
Former Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales' forced kiss on player Jenni Hermoso drew global protests from women's rights advocates.
SOCCER
Sep 12, 2023
Luis Rubiales quits, but women’s soccer in Spain is still troubled
Even after the federation chief's resignation over his forcible kiss of a player, pay disputes are threatening to disrupt domestic leagues.
Luis Rubiales, seen after the Women's World Cup final, stepped down as head of the Spanish soccer federation on Sunday.
SOCCER
Sep 11, 2023
Luis Rubiales steps down amid scandal over unsolicited kiss
Rubiales announced his resignation in a statement in which he said his position had become untenable.
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi celebrates after the Qatar 2022 World Cup final match against France in Lusail, Qatar, on Dec. 18.
SOCCER / World cup
Sep 6, 2023
Messi back as 2026 World Cup qualifiers kick off
Nine months ago, Messi crowned his glittering career by leading Argentina to a World Cup crown in Qatar.

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