Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup News

World Cup Watch: Ronaldo's game time a concern for Portugal

Oct. 03, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

By the time Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Qatar, the Portugal star might be straddling a fine line between being fresh and simply being not sharp enough to make a telling contribution in what is likely his final World Cup. Make that one start in seven Premier League games for Ronaldo...

Stadium tragedy exposes Indonesia's troubled soccer history

Oct. 03, 2022 03:25 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Gaining the right to host next year’s Under-20 World Cup was a major milestone in Indonesia’s soccer development, raising hopes that a successful tournament would turn around long-standing problems that have blighted the sport in this country of 277 million people. ...

125 die as tear gas triggers crush at Indonesia soccer match

Oct. 02, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — Police firing tear gas after an Indonesian soccer match in an attempt to stop violence triggered a disastrous crush of fans making a panicked, chaotic run for the exits, leaving at least 125 people dead, most of them trampled upon or suffocated. Attention...

EXPLAINER: What's behind Indonesia's deadly soccer match?

Oct. 02, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Violence, tear gas and a deadly crush that erupted following a domestic league soccer match Saturday night marked another tragedy in Indonesian football. Here's a look at how the chaos occurred and what is being done to prevent future incidents: ___ ...

Turmoil at home swirls around Iran team ahead of World Cup

Oct. 01, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Political issues are swirling around the Iran men’s soccer team amid turmoil on the streets at home just weeks before the World Cup where it will play the United States, Wales and England. At home in Iran, two weeks of demonstrations and a violent crackdown by state...

Former El Salvador soccer boss sentenced in US bribery case

Sep. 29, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation was sentenced on Thursday to 16 months in prison in the long-running FIFA corruption scandal. Reynaldo Vasquez, 66, told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn that he felt “great shame” over his role in a...

Qatar confirms COVID-19 test requirements for World Cup fans

Sep. 29, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Fans going to the World Cup in Qatar must show a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive as part of the host nation’s rules to combat COVID-19, organizers said Thursday. All visitors aged 18 and over must also download a government-run phone application tracking...

Denmark to wear World Cup jerseys that protest host Qatar

Sep. 28, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Denmark will wear team jerseys at the World Cup that protest the human rights record of host nation Qatar, with a black option unveiled Wednesday to honor migrant workers who died during construction work for the tournament. “The color of mourning,” kit...

World Cup Watch: European giants showing flaws before Qatar

Sep. 28, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — All roads now lead to Qatar. With the conclusion of the group stage of the Nations League, Europe's top soccer countries have played their final competitive games ahead of the World Cup. Here's how things are shaping up for a continent that has provided...

Messi 2 goals, accosted twice, Argentina tops Jamaica 3-0

Sep. 28, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Lionel Messi responded to an in-game, on-field request for a signature with a signature goal. Messi scored two goals and was twice accosted by fans running on the field as Argentina extended its unbeaten streak to 35 matches over three years by beating Jamaica...