Soccer Feb 16, 2017

FIFA chief Infantino supports co-hosting for 2026 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday he intends to encourage co-hosting for the 2026 World Cup that could divide the tournament up between as many as four countries. "We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are ...

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

Soccer Jan 10, 2017

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy. Soccer's governing body said on its Twitter feed that ...

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

Soccer Dec 17, 2016

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

by Andrew McKirdy

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Saturday claimed there are "no down sides" to expanding the World Cup to 48 teams and "no taboos" in discussing changes to soccer's flagship competition. Infantino has proposed increasing the number of teams at the World Cup from the current ...

Kashima proves worth as FIFA praises replay system

Soccer Dec 15, 2016

Kashima proves worth as FIFA praises replay system

The Kashima Antlers have always found a way to get the job done, which is why they have 18 pieces of silverware stocked in their trophy case and on Wednesday, the eight-time J. League champions added another accolade by becoming the first Asian side ...

Soccer Nov 4, 2016

Kumagai nominated for FIFA award

Defender Saki Kumagai was among 10 players nominated Thursday for the Best FIFA Women's Player 2016 award. Kumagai, who helped Japan win the 2011 Women's World Cup, won the European Champions League, along with a domestic league and cup double with her French club Olympique ...

Soccer Sep 15, 2016

Japan slips to 56th in FIFA rankings

Japan dropped seven places to 56th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. After losing to the United Arab Emirates at home on Sept. 1 to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, Japan is now the sixth-highest ranked ...

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Soccer Aug 25, 2016

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer. The 80-year-old, who headed soccer's global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June 2015, ...

Jennings predicts jail time for Blatter

Soccer Aug 5, 2016

Jennings predicts jail time for Blatter

by Ed Odeven

For decades, British investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has exposed corruption at the highest levels in global sports. Repeatedly, his relentless, painstaking work has paid off. It has led to major scoops that shed light on problems that plagued — and continue to plague — the ...

FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Soccer Jun 4, 2016

FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other leading officials were involved in a "coordinated attempt" to enrich themselves through annual salary increases and World Cup bonuses, world soccer's governing body said on Friday. FIFA said an internal investigation revealed that the three officials had ...

Soccer May 12, 2016

East Asian Football Federation to support Kumamoto earthquake relief efforts

The East Asian Football Federation will donate $20,000 to the Kumamoto Football Association to aid recovery efforts following the recent earthquakes that have rocked Kumamoto and surrounding areas in Kyushu, Japan Football Association president Kozo Tashima said Wednesday. Tashima, an executive board member of soccer's ...