Latest FIFA World Cup News

US forward Alex Morgan supports transgender kids in sports

Feb. 08, 2023 18:35 PM EST

Forward Alex Morgan says the U.S. national team should have internal discussions about whether to play exhibition games in states that restrict transgender kids from participating in sports. The team is currently preparing for the SheBelieves Cup, a round-robin tournament with...

Qatar hires coach Carlos Queiroz through the 2026 World Cup

Feb. 06, 2023 16:29 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Former Portugal and Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has worked at the last four World Cups and was hired on Monday by Qatar to aim for a fifth straight at the next edition hosted in North America. The Qatar Football Association hired former Real Madrid coach Queiroz...

Sports pitch for level playing field in cricket-mad Pakistan

Feb. 06, 2023 01:17 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On Islamabad’s outskirts, burly men bind together in a scrum on a rugby pitch that has seen better days. The sign bearing the club’s name is worn. The floodlights are too costly to use, given high electricity prices and the paltry $135 total that the club earns in membership...

LAFC's Crépeau standing tall after broken leg in title match

Feb. 03, 2023 11:53 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maxime Crépeau wanted to watch the last minutes of the MLS Cup final during his ride to the hospital, but he couldn't get a stream to work in the ambulance. The Los Angeles FC goalkeeper and his wife gave up and started refreshing a statistical webpage on his phone, his broken...

Women's World Cup hosts urge FIFA not to sign Saudi sponsor

Feb. 01, 2023 21:25 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Women’s World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand urged FIFA on Wednesday not to sign a sponsor deal with the tourism authority of Saudi Arabia where “rights of women remain severely restricted.” Leaders of the two national soccer federations warned in a...

Australia's Women's World Cup opener moved to bigger venue

Jan. 30, 2023 20:43 PM EST

Australia's Women's World Cup opener against Ireland has been moved to a larger stadium amid high demand for tickets. Australia’s opener was originally set to be played at Sydney’s new Allianz Stadium, which seats 42,500, but it has been shifted to Stadium Australia, which seats...

Sam Mewis unlikely to play for US at World Cup after surgery

Jan. 30, 2023 17:11 PM EST

Midfielder Sam Mewis has undergone a second knee surgery and is unlikely to be available to play for the United States at the Women's World Cup this summer. Mewis, who also plays for the Kansas City Current in the National Women's Soccer League, first had surgery on her right knee...

Messi regrets controversy against Dutch at the World Cup

Jan. 30, 2023 13:10 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — World Cup winner Lionel Messi regretted his testy exchanges with the Netherlands coach and players during their controversial quarterfinal in Qatar, he said in an interview aired on Monday. Messi gave his first interview since lifting the trophy in December to...

U.S. men end training camp in scoreless draw with Colombia

Jan. 28, 2023 23:13 PM EST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The annual January training camp for the U.S. men’s national team is a chance for young, inexperienced players to build their skills for international competition, and interim head coach Anthony Hudson’s young U.S. squad got plenty of foundational work done this month. ...

Almada relishes World Cup win, looks forward to MLS season

Jan. 27, 2023 15:52 PM EST

First, he cried with joy and shared the news with his family. Then, Thiago Almada needed to catch a plane. Quickly. The Atlanta United midfielder was called up to Argentina's World Cup squad as an injury replacement mere days before the team's opening game. "I was a...