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FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women's WCup

Sep. 20, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France for next year's tournament. Total prize money will also "significantly increase" from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015...

Croatia soccer leaders deny WCup final ticket scalping claim

Sep. 20, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's soccer federation says its leaders were not involved in suspected scalping of World Cup final tickets. Prosecutors in Zagreb asked police to investigate the illegal re-sale of tickets for Croatia's 4-2 loss against France in Moscow in July. FIFA says it is "gathering...

Two months after WCup final, Russia police no longer relaxed

Sep. 15, 2018 8:29 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup soccer final in Moscow, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a jail cell. Two months since the tournament ended with France beating Croatia, the tolerant image presented by Russian law enforcement...

Yedlin, Brooks, Arriola in US starting lineup vs Brazil

Sep. 7, 2018 7:17 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan made three changes for Friday's exhibition against Brazil, inserting defenders DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks along with midfielder Paul Arriola. The Americans kept eight starters from the 1-1 draw in June at eventual World Cup champion France,...

Mesut Ozil's absence casts shadow over German national team

Sep. 7, 2018 6:28 AM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — The start of Germany's post-Mesut Ozil era showed Germany is missing a player like Mesut Ozil. Without the Arsenal midfielder on the field, Germany tried hard but ultimately failed to break through France's defense, playing out a 0-0 draw Thursday in the UEFA Nations League. The 29-year-old...

Tim Weah can't escape famous name on back of PSG & US jersey

Sep. 4, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Tim Weah knows he can't escape the name on the back on his jersey. The 18-year-old midfielder is the son of George Weah, the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year and current president of Liberia. "I use that to my advantage," Tim Weah said at training with the U.S. national team this week...

Modric wins best player in Europe vote; Beckham honored

Aug. 30, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

MONACO (AP) — Croatia captain Luka Modric has been voted the best player in Europe last season, edging former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the UEFA award. Modric helped Madrid to win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons,...

Japan beats Spain 3-1 to win Women's Under-20 World Cup

Aug. 24, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

VANNES, France (AP) — Japan upset Spain 3-1 in the final to win the Women's Under-20 World Cup for the first time on Friday. Hinata Miyazawa, Saori Takarada and Fuka Nagano put their side in a commanding position before Candela Andujar claimed a consolation goal for the Spaniards in the 71st minute. Spain,...

Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic retires from national team

Aug. 14, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Mario Mandzukic is retiring from international soccer after 11 years with Croatia's national team, with his decision coming a month after he scored in the World Cup final. The 32-year-old Mandzukic made the announcement Tuesday on Instagram. In an emotional farewell message,...

US player Timothy Weah scores first Ligue 1 goal for PSG

Aug. 12, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Timothy Weah, the son of former Paris Saint-Germain player and current Liberian President George Weah, scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Paris Saint-Germain during a match against Caen on Sunday. The 18-year-old Weah, who also plays for the U.S. national team, took advantage of a mistake by...