Latest FIFA Women's World Cup News

Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women's soccer

Dec. 10, 2018 4:53 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president took his time...

No secret to building women's soccer in Africa: Play more

Dec. 9, 2018 2:11 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — No one deserved to see South Africa finally qualify for the Women's World Cup more than Fran Hilton-Smith. Take nothing away from the players and coaches, but Hilton-Smith has been the driving force behind women's soccer in South Africa, and to an extent Africa, for more than...

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...

Women's World Cup draw set in Paris amid unrest

Dec. 8, 2018 12:09 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The 24 teams that qualified for the Women's World Cup are set to learn their opponents for the tournament's group stage next summer in France. Saturday's draw for soccer's most prestigious event is taking place inside La Seine Musicale, a dome-shaped concert hall perched over the river Seine...

Alex Morgan named US Player of the Year

Dec. 7, 2018 4:02 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Morgan has been named U.S. Soccer's Player of the Year for a second time after leading the national team with 18 goals in 19 games and helping it earn a spot in the World Cup next year in France. Defender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine national team appearances, was...

US women to open 2019 at France, play Mexico in send-off

Dec. 6, 2018 6:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States women's soccer team will open next year with games at World Cup host France and Spain and finish a 10-game schedule leading to the tournament with a send-off match against Mexico at Harrison, New Jersey, on May 26. The defending world champion Americans play France at Le...

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...

Norway's Hegerberg wins first Ballon d'Or for women

Dec. 3, 2018 4:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Sixty-two years after Stanley Matthews won the first Ballon d'Or, the women's game received its inaugural winner: Trailblazing Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg. But despite being recognized as the best female footballer in the world, the outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't play for...

US defender O'Hara to miss 8-12 weeks after ankle surgery

Oct. 23, 2018 2:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women's national team defender Kelley O'Hara is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks after surgery on her right ankle. U.S. Soccer says O'Hara had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in Atlanta to remove "loose bodies" in the ankle. She recently competed at the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying...