Latest Women's soccer News

Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

Dec. 9, 2019 6:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe has been named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Rapinoe, FIFA Player of the Year and a two-time World Cup winner, including this year's tournament in France, was selected for dominating “the world's game, on the world's stage,...

Stanford women win NCAA soccer title, beating NC on PKs

Dec. 9, 2019 12:42 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kiara Pickett drilled home a penalty kick after freshman goalkeeper Katie Meyer saved the previous shot to lift Stanford past North Carolina 5-4 on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw Sunday night in the NCAA championship game. The Cardinal (24-1) won their third overall title and...

UNC downs Washington St. 2-1 in NCAA women's semifinal

Dec. 7, 2019 12:13 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Alexis Strickland scored the go-ahead goal on a header in the 38th minute and North Carolina held off Washington State 2-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's College Cup. The top-seeded Tar Heels (24-1-1) advanced to Sunday's championship game against Stanford, which...

Male video takes on viral feminist anthem stir ire in Mexico

Dec. 6, 2019 9:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Born in Chile, the feminist anthem “A Rapist in Your Path” has become an international phenomenon, with activists in countries from Latin America to the U.S. and Europe staging public performance to denounce violence and human rights abuses against women. Almost as...

UEFA to boost Women's Champions League with new group stage

Dec. 4, 2019 12:16 PM EST

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a move to raise the quality, profile and value of women’s soccer, UEFA is changing the Champions League format to include a group stage. The 2021-22 edition will have a 16-team group stage with increased revenue from the sale of centralized broadcast and sponsor deals,...

Messi, US captain Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or awards

Dec. 2, 2019 5:03 PM EST

After becoming the first six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi said he’s far from finished. “I hope to continue for a long time,” Messi said on Monday in Paris from behind a row of the trophies which honor the world’s best soccer player. “I realize that I am...

NWSL’s Reign to be sold to Olympique Lyonnais owners

Nov. 25, 2019 5:22 PM EST

The parent company of French soccer club Olympique Lyonnais is in exclusive talks to purchase Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. The OL Groupe and the Reign announced the deal Monday and the transaction is expected to be completed on Jan. 31. Olympique Lyonnais, more commonly known as Lyon,...

President Trump meets with 22 college championship teams

Nov. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Friday with athletes and coaches from 22 collegiate national championship teams. Traditional White House visits for champion college and pro sports teams have become politically loaded events during Trump’s presidency, and Friday’s gathering was no...

LA Galaxy in contract negotiations with Romain Alessandrini

Nov. 21, 2019 4:47 PM EST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The LA Galaxy are negotiating with midfielder Romain Alessandrini in a bid to keep him with the club after the recent expiration of his contract. The five-time MLS champion Galaxy announced the negotiations Thursday amid several roster decisions. The Galaxy also are negotiating for...

Sly Blue to play home games at Red Bull Arena

Nov. 18, 2019 2:22 PM EST

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Sky Blue of the National Women's Soccer League will play their home games next season at Red Bull Arena, home of Major League Soccer’s New Jersey Red Bulls. The teams announced the agreement on Monday. Sky Blue has played home matches at Yurcak Field, a 5,000-seat stadium on...