Latest FIFA Women's World Cup News

In second spell at Man United, Zelem leads transformed club

Nov. 16, 2019 6:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Katie Zelem had to leave Manchester United to chase her dream, just to get a chance of making a career out of playing the game she loves. Zelem’s journey — from the return to United to becoming captain and a face of Adidas marketing — captures the rapid advances in...

Sold-out Wembley set for record England women's soccer crowd

Nov. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Returning to play at Wembley Stadium for a third time is a chance for England midfielder Jill Scott to reflect. But not so much on her experience five years ago against Germany. "I remember coming on," Scott said, "and missing a sitter." The 32-year-old Scott will instead use the return visit...

Carli Lloyd scores twice, US holds off Sweden 3-2

Nov. 8, 2019 10:08 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New coach. Same result. Carli Lloyd scored twice, Christen Press added a goal and the United States held off Sweden 3-2 on Thursday night at Mapfre Stadium, giving Vlatko Andonovski a victory in his first match as head coach. The U.S. is 19-1-3 in 2019 and has a 22-match unbeaten...

US women to open Olympic qualifying in Houston in January

Nov. 7, 2019 5:02 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The World Cup champion U.S. women's team will head to Houston in January to open the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. The United States is hosting the tournament, which will take place from Jan. 28 to Feb. 9. Joining the United States in Group A is Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti. Those...

Australian men, women soccer players close gender pay gap

Nov. 7, 2019 8:28 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's football federation and players' union say they have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that closes the pay gap between the men's and women's national teams. The new four-year CBA announced on Wednesday ensures the Socceroos and Matildas receive a 24% share of an...

Andonovski aware of expectations as new US women's coach

Oct. 28, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vlatko Andonovski is well aware of the expectations he faces as the new coach of the U.S women's national team. His predecessor, Jill Ellis, led the team to consecutive World Cup titles — an accomplishment her successor can only hope to equal. "What this team has done and what Jill...

NC Courage defends NWSL title with 4-0 win over Chicago

Oct. 28, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Debinha scored in the fourth minute and the North Carolina Courage beat the Chicago Red Stars 4-0 Sunday for their second straight National Women's Soccer League title. Jessica McDonald, Crystal Dunn and Sam Mewis added goals for the Courage, which won the NWSL Shield for the third...

AP Source: Andonovski to be named coach of US women's team

Oct. 25, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

U.S. Soccer is expected to name Vlatko Andonovski as the new head coach of the women's national team. A person with knowledge of the deal said Andonovski, the current coach of the Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, is expected to sign a contract with U.S. Soccer in the coming days. The person spoke...

Italy's female soccer players aim to change law limiting pay

Oct. 24, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's surprise run to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup this year went a long way toward changing misconceptions about the female game in a country where the most popular sport is dominated by men. Out of a population of 60 million, more than 20 million spectators watched Italy's...

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...