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Spanish league loses court battle, won’t play match in US

Nov. 15, 2019 6:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league lost another battle against the Spanish soccer federation on Friday and won’t be allowed to take a regular-season match to the United States, at least not for now. The game between Villarreal and Atlético Madrid next month was called off after the league lost a...

FIFA hires Arsene Wenger for global soccer development role

Nov. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer. The former Arsenal manager accepted FIFA’s offer Wednesday more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champion’s vacant...

N Korean women team to skip soccer competition in S Korea

Oct. 30, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea won't send its women's soccer team to a regional competition in South Korea in December amid strained ties between the two countries. The East Asian Football Federation said Wednesday that North Korea informed it in mid-September that it won't take part in the 2019...

FIFA won't rebuke Club World Cup host China on human rights

Oct. 24, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

FIFA President Gianni Infantino glossed over questions about human rights violations in China while celebrating the country's selection as the first host of soccer's expanded Club World Cup. "We have a social responsibility due to the magnitude and the power that football brings with it," Infantino said after the...

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...

Korean derby drawn in women's Olympic soccer qualifying

Oct. 18, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — There will be another Korean derby game in international soccer in qualifying for the 2020 Olympic women's tournament. The Asian Football Confederation says North Korea and South Korea will play in a qualifying match on Feb. 9 in South Korea. Two qualifying groups were drawn...

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...