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Marketing group fined $1 million in FIFA corruption case

Mar. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in the...

FIFA to make public the vote for 2023 Women's World Cup

Mar. 16, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — FIFA has agreed to make public its vote on the host for the 2023 Women's World Cup. The organization's decision-making body is becoming more transparent after concerns were raised last month that the women's tournament wouldn't fully follow the new voting process for the men's World Cup. The...

FIFA push to spread 2022 Qatar World Cup faces resistance

Mar. 15, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Concerned by political and logistical impediments, FIFA will face resistance in Qatar to attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf, people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given the...

Video review approved by FIFA for Women's World Cup

Mar. 15, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Video review has been approved for the Women's World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7 in France. The Video Assistant Referee system made its debut at the men's tournament in Russia last year and was approved Friday for use at the women's tournament. Of the 455 incidents checked by VAR at...

The Latest: Europe refusing to play in bigger Club World Cup

Mar. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local): ___ 3:20 p.m. The European members attending the FIFA Council voted against introducing a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and clubs are refusing to participate. The seven dissenting voices Friday could not stop FIFA President Gianni...

FIFA Council approves working with Qatar to explore expanding 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, adding at least 1 more country

Mar. 15, 2019 12:46 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA Council approves working with Qatar to explore expanding 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, adding at least 1 more country.

APNewsBreak: FIFA wants 24-team Club World Cup in 2021

Mar. 13, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021 featuring eight European participants, but plans for a worldwide Nations League are on hold, The Associated Press has learned. An overhaul of the current...

FIFA: Nations must restore ties with Qatar to host WC games

Mar. 12, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling council endorse expansion of the 2022 tournament to 48 teams despite the logistical and political complexities....

APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team '22 WC, Qatar sharing

Mar. 12, 2019 1:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated. The Associated Press obtained...

FIFA's record finances reignites World Cup pay parity debate

Mar. 7, 2019 3:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — When world soccer executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that $753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that...