Latest Women's soccer News

Marla Messing named interim CEO of the NWSL

Oct. 18, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

The National Women's Soccer League has named Marla Messing as its interim chief executive officer as the league contends with the fallout from allegations of player abuse and harassment. Messing was president and CEO of the 1999 Women's World Cup and helped land the 2028...

Ellis says biennial Women's World Cup can help grow the game

Oct. 18, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Former U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis is now leading a group that is exploring a biennial Women's World Cup as a way to grow the game, but insists the controversial plan isn't a foregone conclusion. FIFA revealed aspirations last month to redraft the calendar...

IOC voices Olympic concern at FIFA's biennial World Cup plan

Oct. 16, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it has “concerns” about FIFA’s push for soccer World Cups every two years. Though IOC President Thomas Bach said last month “we will not interfere in this discussion,” his organization stepped...

NWSL championship game moved from Portland to Louisville

Oct. 14, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Women's Soccer League is moving its championship game from Portland, Oregon, to Louisville, Kentucky, at the request of players. The Nov. 20 title match was originally scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. local time at Providence Park to fit the...

Female soccer players evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

Female soccer players were evacuated from Afghanistan on Thursday on a flight to Doha, the Qatari government said. “Around 100 footballers & their families including female players are on board,” tweeted Lolwah Al Khater, Qatar's assistant foreign minister. ...

NWSL players look to reclaim sport after scandals

Oct. 07, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After nearly a week of dealing with the fallout from accusations of sexual harassment and mistreatment leveled against a prominent coach, the players of the National Women’s Soccer League have returned to the field in hopes of reclaiming their sport. ...

NWSL players pause games, recognize 2 who alleged misconduct

Oct. 06, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Players stopped on the field in the sixth minute of Wednesday night's National Women’s Soccer League games and linked arms in a circle to demonstrate solidarity with two former players who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against a...

National player alleges sexual abuse in Australian soccer

Oct. 06, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Soccer authorities in Australia have urged players to make formal complaints in any cases of sexual abuse or misconduct after one of the country’s leading international goal scorers alleged she’d been groomed and harassed by senior players early in her career. ...

Steve Baldwin resigns as CEO of NWSL's Washington Spirit

Oct. 06, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

Steve Baldwin resigned as CEO and managing partner of the National Women’s Soccer League's Washington Spirit on Tuesday in the wake of coach Richie Burke's firing following a harassment investigation. Baldwin's resignation was the latest response to a string of scandals...

MLS All-Star game goes to Minnesota's Allianz Field in 2022

Oct. 05, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The MLS All-Star Game will have another first-time host next season. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced the award of the summer showcase Tuesday at a ceremony at Allianz Field, where the MLS All-Stars will face a...