Latest International soccer News

Spanish federation withholds approval of match in US

Sep. 21, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States was put in serious doubt Friday after the national soccer federation refused to give its approval, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person told The Associated Press that the...

Euro 2024 study: Human rights concern in Turkey, not Germany

Sep. 21, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

A week before the 2024 European Championship hosting vote, UEFA expressed concern on Friday about Turkey's human rights record and logistics, while raising no significant issues with Germany's proposals in an evaluation of the two bids. Turkey has taken an increasingly repressive direction under Recep Tayyip...

FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women's WCup

Sep. 20, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France for next year's tournament. Total prize money will also "significantly increase" from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015...

Croatia soccer leaders deny WCup final ticket scalping claim

Sep. 20, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's soccer federation says its leaders were not involved in suspected scalping of World Cup final tickets. Prosecutors in Zagreb asked police to investigate the illegal re-sale of tickets for Croatia's 4-2 loss against France in Moscow in July. FIFA says it is "gathering...

Sluggish Tottenham under scrutiny after 3 straight losses

Sep. 20, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

Tottenham had more players in the World Cup semifinals than any other team. It also was the only Premier League club to not sign anyone in the European transfer window. As Mauricio Pochettino's sluggish side stumbles in the first busy period of the season, those factors might be starting to show. Tottenham has...

Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski chases MLS goals record

Sep. 20, 2018 3:30 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski goes to work for the San Jose Earthquakes with little fanfare, the pursuit of Landon Donovan's Major League Soccer career scoring mark hardly weighing on his mind as he focuses his energy on providing an example for his teammates and the youth. Wondo, as everyone...

Lawsuit: New Mexico soccer player raped by team members

Sep. 18, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Members of a southeastern New Mexico high school soccer team raped a young teammate, recorded the sexual assault of another player and subjected other players to violent sexual acts as part of hazing, according to a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in...

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

Sep. 17, 2018 6:53 PM EDT

A British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand is suing Elon Musk, alleging that the Tesla CEO falsely accused him of being a pedophile. Diver Vernon Unsworth, who lives north of London, contends that Musk made the false allegation on Twitter and then repeated multiple other...

Hazard inspires Chelsea recovery, shows what team could miss

Sep. 17, 2018 8:06 AM EDT

Chelsea should be savoring Eden Hazard's talents while he is still with the team. As the winger's contract winds down, his future at Stamford Bridge appears more uncertain. Even as manager Maurizio Sarri talks up the contribution of a player, in his prime at 27, who has shown no public indication that he will...

After soccer final, Croatia plays France again in Davis Cup

Sep. 16, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — First it was the World Cup soccer final. Now it's the Davis Cup. Croatia will meet France again to decide tennis' premier team event. After eight hours of tennis on Sunday, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat...