Latest 2018 FIFA World Cup News

US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women's World Cup

Dec. 8, 2018 6:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time. "Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply. Turned out she was right. The defending champion Americans were grouped —...

The Latest: Swedes can win it, says coach Gerhardsson

Dec. 8, 2018 3:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is confident he can deliver a first World Cup title. Recent results leave him feeling confident Sweden can do one better than when it lost the 2003 final to Germany — and even...

Peru's soccer boss arrested as part of criminal probe

Dec. 6, 2018 8:13 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The head of Peru's soccer federation was arrested Thursday, just a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Prosecutors said Edwin Oviedo would be held initially for 15 days during an investigation of his alleged role in a criminal network...

Former FIFA official sentenced in bribery scandal

Dec. 6, 2018 4:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former FIFA official from Guatemala who was cooperating in the U.S. investigation of corruption in international soccer's governing body was sentenced on Thursday to time served. Ex-Guatemalan soccer chief Rafael Salguero had been under house arrest since 2016 while providing information...

Berhalter says US Soccer needs direction and development

Dec. 4, 2018 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter promises to transform the U.S. national team into a pressing, attack-minded group the Americans rarely have been. "We want to see ball circulation, breaking lines, creating goal-scoring opportunities," he said at his introduction Tuesday. "That should be the DNA of this...

Ballon d'Or 1sts: Modric wins, Hegerberg takes women's award

Dec. 3, 2018 6:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Luka Modric ended the long reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d'Or for the first time on Monday, while another first saw Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg win the inaugural women's trophy. Messi and Ronaldo had won every Ballon d'Or since 2008, and usually fought...

Germany, Netherlands get quick reunion in Euros qualifying

Dec. 2, 2018 4:34 PM EST

DUBLIN (AP) — Frustrated at seeing the Netherlands paired again with Germany, Ronald Koeman was candid. "I wasn't happy because they are strong," the Netherlands coach said at the 2020 European Championship qualifying draw on Sunday. "Germany is also not happy with Holland I think." The two leading...

Berhalter hired as US soccer coach after World Cup failure

Dec. 2, 2018 1:02 PM EST

Gregg Berhalter was hired Sunday to coach the U.S. men's national team, making him the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, represents a generational change for an American team...

Qatar's evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

Nov. 26, 2018 3:02 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In the distance the bare bones of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium...

Qatar's evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

Nov. 26, 2018 3:00 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The signs of progress are impossible to miss. And that's the point. Four years out from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar wants you to know it's growing. Evolving. Not just physically but politically and — this small Muslim nation tucked into a corner of the Arabian Peninsula...