Latest FIFA World Cup News

Italy and Portugal drawn in same qualifying playoffs bracket, meaning one will miss World Cup in Qatar

Nov. 26, 2021 11:26 AM EST
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) — Italy and Portugal drawn in same qualifying playoffs bracket, meaning one will miss World Cup in Qatar.

Canada-US World Cup qualifier slated for Jan. 30 in Ontario

Nov. 25, 2021 16:42 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Tim Hortons Field, an outdoor venue with artificial turf nicknamed “The Donut Box" in Hamilton, Ontario, will be the site of Canada's home World Cup qualifier against the United States in January, the Canadian Soccer Association said Thursday. ...

Danish journalist union advises against travel to Qatar

Nov. 25, 2021 04:19 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s Union of Journalists is urging all Danish journalists not to travel to Qatar to cover next year's World Cup, saying the Arab country cannot be trusted. “I do not trust Qatar," said Allan Boye Thulstrup, the union’s deputy...

Frozen fields: Columbus, St Paul host next 2 US qualifiers

Nov. 24, 2021 11:28 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States figures to be playing its next three World Cup qualifiers in frigid weather. The Americans said Wednesday they will return to Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, for their World Cup qualifier against El Salvador on Jan. 27 and will host...

Qatar detains 2 Norway journalists amid World Cup coverage

Nov. 24, 2021 11:11 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Security forces in Qatar detained two journalists from Norwegian state television for over 30 hours and deleted footage they gathered at a migrant labor camp as they tried to report on worker issues ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, authorities said...

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. ...

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 01:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer has spied on top soccer officials for years while working for Qatar, the tiny Arab country hosting next year’s World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting...

A year to go, Qatar World Cup still feels heat of scrutiny

Nov. 21, 2021 19:32 PM EST

The eight stadiums — all within a 30-mile radius of Doha — are now largely complete. The 2022 World Cup has been preserved after fending off hostility from neighbors, corruption investigations and concerns about worker abuses. And a clock on the Corniche waterfront in the Qatari capital...

FIFA changes playoff format for last 2 places at World Cup

Nov. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EST

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA changed the World Cup qualifying format for the intercontinental playoffs on Friday to be single-leg games at a neutral venue. The winners of the matches will earn the final two spots at next year’s World Cup in Qatar. FIFA...

Hamilton: F1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights

Nov. 18, 2021 18:25 PM EST

Formula One is “duty bound” to raise awareness of human rights issues as the series closes its season in the Middle East, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday. F1 concludes its season with its inaugural races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, followed by...