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FILE - In this Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 file photo, Crystal Palace's manager Frank de Boer looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at Selhurst Park in London. Frank de Boer was appointed coach of the Netherlands on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 succeeding Ronald Koeman who quit to join Barcelona. The federation said the 50-year-old De Boer signed a contract through the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

De Boer takes over Netherlands team with point to prove

Sep. 25, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Frank de Boer paid tribute to his predecessor Ronald Koeman on Friday and said he wants to use his time in charge of the national team to prove his doubters wrong. De Boer was appointed this week on a contract through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, succeeding...

Juventus' McKennie, left, and Sampdoria's Federico Bonazzoli in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

US men's soccer won't play in October; 3-match max in 2020

Sep. 22, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team has given up trying to play matches in October due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be limited to a maximum of three games in 2020, its fewest since 1987. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday it had abandoned its attempt to schedule home exhibition games for...

President Donald Trump, center, with from left, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Investigated at home, FIFA head visits Trump, White House

Sep. 17, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Under investigation in his home country Switzerland, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made a third trip to the White House and met President Donald Trump since the United States became a 2026 World Cup co-host just over two years ago. Infantino attended a signing ceremony this week for a...

FIFA open to help fund anti-corruption agency for sports

Sep. 14, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — FIFA would help fund a global agency to tackle corruption in sport, its president Gianni Infantino said Monday. Creating a body like the World Anti-Doping Agency to address financial corruption, match-fixing and the influence of organized crime in sport has been talked about for more than a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi waves to teams fans at the end of their soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Qatari soccer and television executive Nasser al-Khelaifi will go on trial starting Sept. 14, 2020 in Switzerland in September, implicated in providing a holiday villa to a FIFA official linked to a World Cup broadcasting deal. The court has listed 10 days in September to hear the case against al-Khelaifi, former top FIFA official Jerome Valcke and another broadcasting executive who was not identified. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

Swiss court puts Qatari on trial in soccer case next week

Sep. 11, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In Switzerland’s federal criminal court on Monday, Nasser al-Khelaifi will become the first Qatari to stand trial almost six years after FIFA asked prosecutors to investigate the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Al-Khelaifi, the president of Champions League finalist Paris...

New York Red Bulls make Bradley Carnell interim coach

Sep. 5, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The New York Red Bulls promoted Bradley Carnell to interim head coach Saturday, a day after firing Chris Armas. A former South African international who played in the World Cup, Carnell will make his debut Sunday when the struggling Red Bulls host the Philadelphia Union. Carnell has...

Quarantine order delays FIFA ban case for Brazil's Teixeira

Aug. 24, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — An appeal hearing for former FIFA official Ricardo Teixeira to challenge his life ban for bribery was delayed because his lawyers face a 10-day quarantine in Switzerland if they arrived from Brazil. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it was unclear when the hearing...

File-Trinidad and Tobago's Shahdon Winchester, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the U.S. at their World Cup qualifying match in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.  The United States could start qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Trinidad, where the Americans flopped on the final night three years ago and failed to reach the 2018 tournament.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US could open WCup qualifying in Trinidad, site of '17 loss

Aug. 19, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States could start qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Trinidad, where the Americans flopped on the final night three years ago and failed to reach the 2018 tournament. “We know what happened last time around, and it could just be an opportunity for us to go out, start...

FILE - In this April 20, 2019, file photo, Juventus' Blaise Matuidi controls the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and AC Fiorentina, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a 2018 World Cup champion for France, signed with Inter Miami and will be reunited with team co-owner David Beckham. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Reunion with Beckham: Blaise Matuidi signed by Inter Miami

Aug. 13, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a 2018 World Cup champion for France, signed with Inter Miami and will be reunited with team co-owner David Beckham. Matuidi and Beckham were teammates with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami....

FILE - This Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 file photo shows the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. ´╗┐The FIFA ethics committee has 13 formal investigations ongoing, plus preliminary enquiries in 62 more cases, the soccer body's lawyers said Tuesday June 23, 2020, during a two-day online review. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP, File)

2022 World Cup further behind schedule with Asian games off

Aug. 12, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — All Asian qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup scheduled this year were postponed to 2021 on Wednesday, adding to a global fixture backlog for soccer's biggest competition caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation issued a joint statement saying the...