Latest FIFA Women's World Cup News

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Rose Lavelle, left, is challenged by Netherlands' Danielle Van De Donk during the Women's World Cup final soccer at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. Twenty players have been named to the U.S. women's soccer team that will play for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics. Coach Andonovski announced the roster for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

US Olympic qualifying roster minus 5 from World Cup team

Jan. 17, 2020 2:56 PM EST

The United States’ roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament will look very similar to the one that won the Women’s World Cup in France, with notable exceptions. Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh, Allie Long, Morgan Brian and Tierna Davidson were on the title team but were left off the...

Fifth annual SheBelieves Cup field includes US, England

Jan. 13, 2020 2:18 PM EST

The Women's World Cup champion U.S. team will face Spain and England, two teams it defeated on the way to the title, as well as Japan in the fifth annual SheBelieves Cup kicking off in March. Doubleheader matches in the round robin-style tournament will be held in Orlando, Florida, on March 5, in Harrison, New...

In this photo taken Jan. 3, 2020, Oregon women's soccer coach Graeme Abel talks about his new job with the Ducks in Eugene, Ore. Abel was an assistant coach under Jill Ellis with the U.S. women's national team and a veteran of the team's two World Cup titles. (AP Photo/Anne M. Peterson)

Women's World Cup vet Graeme Abel takes on top job at Oregon

Jan. 6, 2020 5:53 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A rousing ovation greeted new Oregon women's soccer coach Graeme Abel when he was introduced to Ducks fans during the Pac-12 opener for the school's second-ranked women's basketball team. Less than a month ago, Abel was an assistant with the U.S. women's national team and a veteran of...

FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, Team Giannis' Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, celebrates a basket against Team LeBron during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Plays of the year: 2019 had a flair for the dramatic

Dec. 23, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Thousands of pro games, hundreds of thousands of college games, millions of high school games and billions of youth-league, rec-league, bar-league and whatever other sort of league games you can think of were contested in 2019. That means there were probably trillions of plays. Of those, we’re picking 10...

United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

FIFA considers staging Women's World Cup every 2 years

Dec. 20, 2019 8:27 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Women's World Cup could be staged every two years, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Friday. The competition is currently held every four years, with the Americans lifting the trophy in 2015 and again this July in France. Infantino said he is keen on a proposal from the French...

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States players hold the trophy as they celebrate winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

FIFA to consider four bids to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a vote on the host...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, United States defender Julie Ertz (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against New Zealand during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Commerce City, Colo. Ertz has been named the U.S. Soccer women's Player of the Year on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, for the second time. Ertz also won the award in 2017 and she won the federation's Young Player of the Year honors in 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Julie Ertz named US Soccer women's player of the year

Dec. 13, 2019 12:42 PM EST

Julie Ertz was named the U.S. Soccer women's Player of the Year on Friday for the second time. Ertz, a versatile midfielder who also won the award in 2017, was on the U.S. teams that won World Cup championships in 2015 and again this summer in France. Ertz, who played a more defensive role in 2015, scored her...

South Korea withdraws bid for 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 4:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has withdrawn from the bidding to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. The Korea Football Association made the announcement hours before Friday's deadline for candidates to submit completed bid books to soccer's governing body, FIFA. The KFA said it initially pushed to...

Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

Dec. 9, 2019 6:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe has been named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Rapinoe, FIFA Player of the Year and a two-time World Cup winner, including this year's tournament in France, was selected for dominating “the world's game, on the world's stage,...

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,...