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 ...

Soccer / World Cup Mar 5, 2016

FIFA boss wants 2026 bid process to be clean

FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process "absolutely bulletproof" because the entire organization's credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday. Infantino, elected FIFA boss last week, hopes to start 2026 bidding within three months after it was delayed by ...

Soccer Feb 27, 2016

Maradona blasts FIFA

Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona says longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini should have been given life imprisonment rather than six-year bans from soccer for ethics violations. The pair were suspended for eight years — reduced to six this week ...

FIFA representative Tashima to run for JFA presidency

Soccer / World Cup Dec 7, 2015

FIFA representative Tashima to run for JFA presidency

FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima announced on Monday that he will run for the Japan Football Association presidency. "I've been thinking about it for a while," Tashima said. "Everything I've said over the last 10 years I hope to stand by." Tashima, 58, is the ...

Soccer Dec 1, 2015

Miyama chosen as finalist for 2015 FIFA women's award

Japan midfielder Aya Miyama was among the three final candidates nominated for the 2015 Ballon d'Or Women's World Player of the Year as announced by FIFA on Monday. Also included were World Cup MVP Carli Llyod of the United States and World Cup top scorer ...

FIFA ethics report calls for sanctions against Blatter, Platini

Soccer Nov 21, 2015

FIFA ethics report calls for sanctions against Blatter, Platini

FIFA ethics investigators called on Saturday for sanctions against president Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini, dealing a fresh blow to Platini's bid to succeed Blatter as head of world soccer's governing body. Both men were suspended from their posts for 90 days ...

Soccer Nov 3, 2015

Police raid German Soccer Association over payment to FIFA

Germany's DFB Soccer Association was raided by prosecutors and police on Tuesday morning in a probe into a €6.7 million payment ($7.4 million) to FIFA linked to the country's application to host the 2006 World Championship. Prosecutors are probing DFB's current president as well as ...

Soccer Oct 27, 2015

Zico fails to secure required backing for FIFA presidential bid

Brazil soccer legend and former Japan national team coach Zico revealed he gave up his campaign for the FIFA presidency on Monday after failing to muster the required five association nominations. "I had good response from at least six associations but moves within UEFA swayed ...

Soccer Oct 26, 2015

Zico makes last-ditch bid for FIFA presidency

Brazil soccer legend and former Japan national team coach Zico told Kyodo News in an exclusive interview Monday that he believes his knowledge and experience of the game make him the best man to clean up FIFA. Currently coaching FC Goa in the Indian Super ...