Latest FIFA World Cup News

Lionel Messi and Argentina will try for a 3rd straight major title in Copa America

Jun. 17, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lionel Messi and Argentina will try to match Spain’s feat of three consecutive major titles when the Copa America kicks off Thursday night. Coming off championships in the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup, Messi will be four days shy of his 37th birthday...

Possible 2026 World Cup training camps include sites in non-tournament cities

Jun. 12, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Possible team training camps for the 2026 World Cup include sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Cincinnati; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Louis; Salt Lake City and Herriman, Utah; San Antonio; and Westfield, Indiana. FIFA announced more...

Lionel Messi says Inter Miami will be 'my last club'

Jun. 12, 2024 15:46 PM EDT

Lionel Messi says Inter Miami will be “my last club.” The 36-year-old World Cup champion isn't thinking about joining an Argentine club to write the last chapter of playing career. “I think Inter Miami is going to be my last club. Today I think it is going to be...

Palestinian players continue push for World Cup qualification amid war back home

Jun. 11, 2024 16:10 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Mohammed Rashid once worked as a forklift driver in a Chicago warehouse. Fast forward to these grim times and Rashid, along with his Palestinian soccer teammates, carry a heavier weight knowing success on the field offers a little respite from the war raging...

FIFA unites World Cup winners and club executives as teammates to study for soccer diploma

Jun. 01, 2024 06:02 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — World Cup and Champions League winners are learning about the soccer industry at FIFA alongside club founders and front-office leaders. All were teammates in the classroom this week at the soccer body’s headquarters in Zurich to study all fields of the industry for...

Human rights experts urge FIFA to scrutinize Saudi Arabia before 2034 World Cup vote

May. 22, 2024 05:58 AM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — FIFA was urged by international lawyers Wednesday to uphold its own policy and scrutinize Saudi Arabia’s human rights record before picking the kingdom to host the men’s 2034 World Cup. A 22-page document was delivered to FIFA headquarters in Zurich on behalf of...

American Jesse Marsch hired as coach of Canada's men's national soccer team through 2026 World Cup

May. 13, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — American Jesse Marsch was hired Monday as coach of Canada's men's national soccer team and signed to a contract through the 2026 World Cup. The 50-year-old takes over Canada ahead of the Copa América, where Canada plays defending champion Argentina in the tournament...

Box owners at Mexico’s iconic Azteca Stadium refuse to release their seats for the 2026 World Cup

May. 09, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roberto Ruano has a luxury box at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium where he and his family can watch soccer games and other events in privacy and comfort. He’s not planning to give that up for the 2026 World Cup. When the stadium is handed over to...

Maradona's World Cup Golden Ball trophy had mysteriously disappeared. It will be auctioned in Paris

May. 07, 2024 14:00 PM EDT

Diego Maradona’s Golden Ball trophy from the 1986 World Cup has resurfaced. The award, which had been missing for decades, will be auctioned in Paris next month, the Aguttes house said Tuesday. Maradona, who died in 2020 at age 60, was awarded the trophy for his scintillating play...

César Luis Menotti, coach who led Argentina to its first World Cup title in 1978, dies at 85

May. 05, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — César Luis Menotti, the charismatic coach who led Argentina to its first World Cup title in 1978, has died, the Argentine Football Association said Sunday. He was 85. “Goodbye, dear Flaco!” the association's statement added, using Menotti’s...