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FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

FIFA sees 'duty' to help as pandemic ravages soccer finances

Mar. 31, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

As the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic ripple across world football, FIFA sees a "duty” to offer a lifeline from its vast cash reserves. Talks are underway about how the governing body's support fund will be distributed, with the global players' union appealing for cash to be targeted at...

A man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters building in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Olympic torch relay was postponed Tuesday because the Tokyo Games themselves were pushed back to 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Australia seeks age limit lift for Olympic soccer tournament

Mar. 26, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Football Federation Australia wants FIFA and the IOC to increase the age limit for the Olympic men's tournament in the wake of the Tokyo Games being pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC and Tokyo organizers agreed this week to postpone the Olympics, which were...

FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum will take place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Infantino eyes reboot for soccer to avoid crisis

Mar. 23, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The future of soccer could be fewer games and fewer top competitions to help avoid a financial crisis, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a newspaper interview published Monday. With soccer around the world in near-total shutdown and no end in sight because of the coronavirus pandemic,...

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, Manchester City's David Silva during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. Hundreds of players across Europe's soccer leagues have contracts which are due to expire at the end of this season. That poses a big problem if those leagues over-run beyond the June 30 cut-off point as expected because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Silva is among dozens of Premier League players, and hundreds of players across Europe, whose contracts are due to expire at the end of this season. June 30, to be specific. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)

Soccer's paralysis sparks questions about player contracts

Mar. 19, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

It was the dream scenario for David Silva at the end of his trophy-filled, decade-long career at Manchester City. Picture it: “El Mago” (the Magician), as fans fondly refer to perhaps the club's greatest player, holding aloft the Champions League trophy -- the big piece of silverware to elude him...

The Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team and the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team, is seen nearly empty, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Philadelphia. All games at the Center have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Latest: Big South Conference cancels all spring sports

Mar. 18, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The Big South Conference became the latest to announce it is canceling all spring athletic activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference said its chief executive officers and athletic directors...

The Latest: Baylor coach Drew focused on players, not missed Ntourney

Mar. 18, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local): ___ 7:30 p.m. Baylor coach Scott Drew says his focus since the NCAA Tournament was canceled has been on taking care of his players, not about what might have been for the Bears on the court. “Making sure they're...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 file photo the Euro soccer championships trophy is seen in front of the logo during the presentation of Munich's logo as one of the host cities of the Euro 2020 European soccer championships in Munich, Germany. UEFA, are set to make a final decision when the UEFA executive committee meets on Tuesday March 17, 2020 after talks with clubs and leagues, about possibly delaying the Euro 2020 soccer tournament by a year as the continent grapples with the outbreak of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

UEFA postpones Euro 2020 by 1 year because of pandemic

Mar. 17, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Taking a tough decision that became more inevitable by the day, the governing body of European soccer postponed its marquee championship for one year on Tuesday. Euro 2020 became Euro 2021 in a major shift for an international soccer calendar that is on lockdown because of the coronavirus...

United States players Tierna Davidson, Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Abby Dahlkemper, and Kelley O'Hara stand with their jerseys turned inside out during the playing of the national anthem before a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Japan, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Parlow Cone says US Soccer argument vs women was mistake

Mar. 17, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

As a different set of lawyers took over for the U.S. Soccer Federation, new USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone disavowed papers submitted by the previous attorneys who argued women's national team players had lesser skills and responsibilities than their male counterparts. Parlow Cone took over as head of American...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 file photo shows a sign taped by Eintracht fans on a wall of the stadium during a Europa League round of 16, 1st leg soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Basel in Frankfurt, Germany. All Champions League and Europa League games were postponed by UEFA on Friday March 13, 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Virus outbreak tests limits of soccer's World Cup schedule

Mar. 13, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The congested soccer calendar is being pushed beyond its limits by a global pandemic ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The coronavirus outbreak is testing the wisdom of soccer’s global drive toward creating and expanding international competitions in the gaps between already busy domestic...

The Latest: First Bundesliga player tests positive for virus

Mar. 13, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Paderborn defender Luca Kilian is the first Bundesliga player to test positive for the new coronavirus. The club says coach Steffen Baumgart has been cleared but Kilian, who hasn’t played for several...