Latest Women's soccer News

UEFA to boost Women's Champions League with new group stage

Dec. 4, 2019 12:16 PM EST

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a move to raise the quality, profile and value of women’s soccer, UEFA is changing the Champions League format to include a group stage. The 2021-22 edition will have a 16-team group stage with increased revenue from the sale of centralized broadcast and sponsor deals,...

Messi, US captain Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or awards

Dec. 2, 2019 5:03 PM EST

After becoming the first six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi said he’s far from finished. “I hope to continue for a long time,” Messi said on Monday in Paris from behind a row of the trophies which honor the world’s best soccer player. “I realize that I am...

NWSL’s Reign to be sold to Olympique Lyonnais owners

Nov. 25, 2019 5:22 PM EST

The parent company of French soccer club Olympique Lyonnais is in exclusive talks to purchase Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. The OL Groupe and the Reign announced the deal Monday and the transaction is expected to be completed on Jan. 31. Olympique Lyonnais, more commonly known as Lyon,...

President Trump meets with 22 college championship teams

Nov. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Friday with athletes and coaches from 22 collegiate national championship teams. Traditional White House visits for champion college and pro sports teams have become politically loaded events during Trump’s presidency, and Friday’s gathering was no...

LA Galaxy in contract negotiations with Romain Alessandrini

Nov. 21, 2019 4:47 PM EST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The LA Galaxy are negotiating with midfielder Romain Alessandrini in a bid to keep him with the club after the recent expiration of his contract. The five-time MLS champion Galaxy announced the negotiations Thursday amid several roster decisions. The Galaxy also are negotiating for...

Sly Blue to play home games at Red Bull Arena

Nov. 18, 2019 2:22 PM EST

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Sky Blue of the National Women's Soccer League will play their home games next season at Red Bull Arena, home of Major League Soccer’s New Jersey Red Bulls. The teams announced the agreement on Monday. Sky Blue has played home matches at Yurcak Field, a 5,000-seat stadium on...

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...

US women beat Costa Rica 6-0 in 2019 finale

Nov. 10, 2019 11:52 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. women's soccer team closed out the year with a one-sided victory over Costa Rica, giving the Americans 20 wins in 2019. It was the second win in two matches for new coach Vlatko Andonovski. Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian scored in the first 10 minutes and Lynn Williams came...

Judge grants USWNT class status in discrimination lawsuit

Nov. 9, 2019 4:18 PM EST

The U.S. women's national team has been granted class status in its lawsuit against U.S. Soccer that alleges gender discrimination in compensation and working conditions. U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner's ruling Friday in Los Angeles expands the case beyond the 28 players who originally brought the...

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...