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AP Sources: China in line to host 2021 Club World Cup

Oct. 20, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

China is in line to be chosen by FIFA as host of the first edition of the expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021. FIFA's decision-making body will meet in Shanghai on Thursday to select the venue of its revamped tournament for clubs that is due to be staged every four years, replacing the little-regarded current...

Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight

Oct. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the...

Spanish soccer league tries again to stage game in Miami

Oct. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

Undeterred by the resistance it faced last season, the Spanish soccer league is trying again to take a regular season game to the United States. The Spanish soccer federation has been asked to allow Villarreal's home game against Atlético Madrid on Dec. 6 to be moved to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The...

Soccer star Rapinoe, boxer Shields win sportswomen of year

Oct. 17, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and boxer Claressa Shields have been honored as Sportswomen of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. They won in the team and individual categories, the awards coming at the foundation's 40th annual Salute to Women in Sports. Rapinoe led the U.S. to victory at the World Cup in...

South Korean soccer team tells of 'rough' match in Pyongyang

Oct. 17, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA. The historic match ended in a scoreless draw Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which was...

North Korea holds South Korea to 0-0 in World Cup qualifier

Oct. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang. Specific details of the game weren't immediately available. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game at Kim...

Iran women attend FIFA soccer game for first time in decades

Oct. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they were allowed to freely attend in decades. In what many considered a...

Iranian women watch a FIFA soccer match kickoff after being freely allowed into a stadium for the first time in decades

Oct. 10, 2019 9:33 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian women watch a FIFA soccer match kickoff after being freely allowed into a stadium for the first time in decades.

FIFA fines Hong Kong soccer body for China anthem protest

Oct. 9, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined Hong Kong's soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month. Hong Kong fans booed and turned their backs when the anthem was played for their team before a Sept. 10 qualifier at...

Qatar's World Cup challenge magnified by track worlds issues

Oct. 8, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — By day, Juma Marzouq approves Qatar's masterplans for the vast stadium infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. By night, Marzouq goes into fan mode, tackling the challenge of filling soccer arenas in this tiny nation. Marzouq has seen encouraging signs since Qatar's breakthrough on the...