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Megan Rapinoe sees disparity as World Cup approaches

Oct. 15, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — With the Women's World Cup less than eight months away, U.S. national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer. From uncertainty about the use of video review and the amount of prize money, to scheduling other tournament...

FIFA bans Dominican Republic official in bribery case

Oct. 12, 2018 11:51 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA ethics committee judges have banned the former president of Dominican Republic's soccer federation for 10 years in a bribery case. FIFA says Osiris Guzman was also found guilty of charges of accepting gifts and conflicts of interest. Guzman was fined 150,000 Swiss francs ($151,000),...

Women's soccer: Wait and see approach to FIFA strategy

Oct. 11, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

FIFA's new global strategy to grow the women's game is prompting both praise and skepticism. Soccer's governing body has been addressing the women's side of the sport in the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal announced this week that focuses on...

Former FIFA official Makudi at court for ban appeal hearing

Oct. 11, 2018 7:13 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi is at the Court of Arbitration for Sport challenging his ban for forgery ahead of a Thailand soccer federation election. Makudi said outside the court on Thursday he was "very confident. I didn't do anything wrong." The...

FIFA undertakes global initiative to grow the women's game

Oct. 10, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women's game in advance of next year's World Cup in France. Soccer's governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women's side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal...

Former FIFA official Prince Ali takes soccer charity global

Oct. 9, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali is taking his charity project worldwide to build on its work of bringing soccer to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The prince detailed plans Tuesday for the Association Football Development Program Global to fund projects, donate equipment and provide...

Sponsor downplays Ronaldo on website; Juventus shares drop

Oct. 5, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

Cristiano Ronaldo's image is vanishing from the website of a key sponsor. The stock price for his Juventus team dropped 10 percent on Friday. A week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of rape in 2009, attempts by the five-time world player of the year and his Italian club to sway public...

Russia accused of hacking sports world over doping scandal

Oct. 4, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, sports and the government are closely intertwined. Top athletes hold military ranks, Olympic medals are a matter of national pride, and champions receive luxury cars in Kremlin ceremonies. So when Russia was accused of doping its way to the top, the Russian state hit the sports...

Germany beats Turkey to host Euro 2024

Sep. 27, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Germany won the right to host soccer's 2024 European Championship on Thursday, beating Turkey following a politically charged campaign. Germany, which successfully hosted the 2006 World Cup, was the long-time favorite and won the UEFA executive committee vote 12-4. There was one...

Amnesty: Firm by Qatar 2022 World Cup site didn't pay wages

Sep. 26, 2018 7:27 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A contractor involved in building infrastructure around the marquee stadium for Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup did not pay its workers, leaving them stranded thousands of miles from home, according to a report released Wednesday. Mercury MENA, an engineering and...