Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup News

Sri Lanka welcomes FIFA ruling Macau out of WCup qualifying

Jun. 29, 2019 2:21 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan soccer officials welcomed a FIFA decision to advance its team to the next round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after removing Macau for its refusal to travel to Sri Lanka because of security concerns over recent terror attacks. Anura de Silva, president of the sport's...

Qatar 2022 organizers say French police yet to contact them

Jun. 21, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Qatar organizers of the 2022 World Cup say they have not been contacted by French authorities working on the investigation that led to the recent questioning of Michel Platini. World Cup organizing committee chairman Hassan Al-Thawadi said on Friday there was no reason for concern related...

Platini: "It hurts," soccer star says of police questioning

Jun. 19, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — After a day of police questioning centering on his former role as a top decision-maker in soccer, Michel Platini was released from custody without charge in the early hours of Wednesday and said he found the experience painful given "everything I've done" in the sport. Summoned Tuesday morning...

Soccer great now mired in corruption scandals

Jun. 18, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly recognizable for his...

France detains soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe

Jun. 18, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part,...

The Latest: Blatter says Paris meeting swayed vote for Qatar

Jun. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he insisted for years that a meeting in Paris involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini and Qatar's future Emir swayed the 2022 World Cup...

For US men, Gold Cup finally brings chance for revival

Jun. 17, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men's soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup probably...

Qatar building for 2022 World Cup on Copa America debut

Jun. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For 2022 World Cup host Qatar, every Copa America match will be like a final. Sunday's clash against Paraguay at the historic Maracana stadium is especially so because it is probably the team's best chance to pick up points in the tournament. Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez told...

Nations League winner Portugal rises in FIFA rankings

Jun. 14, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Nations League champion Portugal is up two places to No. 5 in the FIFA men's rankings which are still led by Belgium. World champion France in second, Copa America host Brazil, and England complete an unchanged top four in the standings published Friday. World Cup runner-up Croatia falls one...

Rights group asks for worker-safety probe at Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 7, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A former Olympian and head of a human-rights group is asking the IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers to investigate worker safety at venues being built for next year's games. Mary Harvey is the CEO of the Geneva-based Centre for Sport and Human Rights, the type of organization that pressured...