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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, then-U.S. Olympic Committee chief marketing officer Lisa Baird speaks about the Team USA WinterFest for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. Soccer is no longer managing the National Women's Soccer League although some aspects of the partnership remain, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said. Baird spoke Tuesday, Jan. 12,c2021, on a wide-ranging conference call with reporters ahead of the league's draft on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

NWSL to hold Challenge Cup in April, start season in May

Jan. 27, 2021 4:15 PM EST

The National Women's Soccer League will hold the preseason Challenge Cup tournament in local markets starting April 9. The 10-team league, with Racing Louisville joining this season, is set to open its ninth season May 15. Each team will play 24 games, with six reaching the playoffs. The regular season will end...

FILE - In this June 29, 2017 file photo, the Mayor of Turin, Italy, Chiara Appendino, arrives at the Italian embassy in London. Appendino and four others were convicted and sentenced to a year and six months in jail on Wednesday in connection with a stampede during a public viewing of a Champions League soccer game projected on a maxi-screen in one of the city’s main piazzas. More than 1,600 people were injured, including two women who later died as a result. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Turin mayor convicted in 2017 soccer final stampede

Jan. 27, 2021 12:16 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Turin's mayor and four others were convicted and sentenced to a year and six months in jail on Wednesday in connection with a stampede during a public viewing of the 2017 Champions League final, which was projected on a maxi-screen in one of the Italian city’s main piazzas. More than...

Empty stands are covered with photos of supporters ahead of the English FA Cup 4th round soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool via AP)

European clubs' head fears pandemic losses of up to $10BN

Jan. 27, 2021 7:00 AM EST

European football teams face losing up to $10 billion due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest forecast of the umbrella organization for clubs on the continent. Supporters have been kept out of stadiums in Europe's main leagues longer than anticipated as the second wave of...

West Bromwich Albion players react after Manchester City's Joao Cancelo scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at the Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, England, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)

Watch and admire: Man City goes top of EPL after 5-0 win

Jan. 26, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Fueled by a sparkling attacking display, Manchester City's players powered to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season — and even the opposition are stopping to admire their work. In a comical exhibit for VAR's ever-lengthening highlights reel, West Bromwich Albion's defenders virtually...

FILE - in this file photo dated Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, PSG's head coach Thomas Tuchel gestures from the touchline during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France.  Thomas Tuchel is confirmed as the new Chelsea soccer team manager, Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, FILE)

Chelsea hires Thomas Tuchel as manager on 18-month contract

Jan. 26, 2021 2:32 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea hired Thomas Tuchel as manager on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the fired Frank Lampard. Tuchel, a 47-year-old German, is back in work a month after losing his job at Paris Saint-Germain following a power struggle with the club. In his 2 1/2 years in Paris, he led the...

A general view of the Stamford Bridge Stadium ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sheffield United in London, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (Mike Hewitt/Pool via AP)

Chelsea owner Abramovich issues Holocaust Memorial Day plea

Jan. 26, 2021 1:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has issued a plea for discrimination to be challenged at the Premier League club and across the world as part of the club's campaign against anti-Semitism. The Russian made the comments in a book, “49 Flames," that the club has published to mark Holocaust...

Chelsea hires Thomas Tuchel to coach Premier League club

Jan. 26, 2021 1:17 PM EST
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea hires Thomas Tuchel to coach Premier League club.

Sporting KC hires Feilhaber as part of technical staff

Jan. 26, 2021 12:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City has hired longtime midfielder and former U.S. national team standout Benny Feilhaber as part of the Major League Soccer club's technical staff for the upcoming season. The club also announced Tuesday the hiring of trainers Randi Lininger and Eric Schwartz....

FIFA sets late-2021 target to pick 2026 World Cup cities

Jan. 26, 2021 12:16 PM EST

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA set a new target Tuesday of finalizing North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup — if the coronavirus pandemic allows. The 23 candidate cities likely need to be cut to 16. FIFA said it could confirm them at the end of the the year. The pre-pandemic schedule called for...

Dignitaries gather for a ribbon cutting at Austin FC's new stadium under construction which has been named Q2 Stadium, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

MLS to open season on April 3; title game set for Dec. 11

Jan. 25, 2021 9:47 PM EST

Major League Soccer will open next season on April 3, a month later than normal, and conclude with the MLS Cup title game on Dec. 11. Teams will be allowed to start preseason camps on Feb. 22. But the announcement Monday came amid ongoing uncertainty about the coronavirus pandemic and whether fans will be able to...