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FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup, scrapping expansion

May. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were...

AP Source: 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping proposal to expand tournament to 48 nations

May. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EDT
ZURICH (AP) — AP Source: 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping proposal to expand tournament to 48 nations.

Qatari referee will work CONCACAF Gold Cup

May. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — One of the 16 referees for this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup will be from Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football said Friday this is part of an agreement in which CONCACAF officials worked at this year's Asian Cup in...

Mexico beats US 2-1 in extra time for CONCACAF U17 title

May. 17, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Israel Luna scored the tiebreaking goal in the 108th minute, and Mexico beat the United States 2-1 in extra time Thursday night to win its fourth straight CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. Mexico has won eight CONCACAF Under-17 titles and the U.S. three, in 1983, 1992 and 2011. Costa...

Reyna scores 5th goal as US qualifies for Under-17 World Cup

May. 12, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Gio Reyna, a son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna, scored his fifth goal of the tournament as the Americans beat Panama 3-0 on Sunday and qualified for the Under-17 World Cup. Gianluca Busio put the U.S. ahead in the 54th minute with his fifth goal of the CONCACAF...

Weah on Under-20 World Cup team; Sargent to Gold Cup

May. 10, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Weah will be with the U.S. at the Under-20 World Cup in Poland rather than with the full national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of his lack of playing time in Scotland with Celtic. Weah and midfielder Alex Mendez headed Under-20 coach Tab Ramos' 21-man roster announced Friday....

Swiss attorney general investigated over handling FIFA case

May. 10, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings. The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said Friday it is examining possible...

Atlanta United loses Ezequiel Barco to FIFA U-20 World Cup

May. 3, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Already struggling in the early part of the season, defending MLS champion Atlanta United will be without its top goal scorer for about a month. Midfielder Ezequiel Barco has been called up to play for his native Argentina in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. He will leave United after Sunday's game...

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion

Apr. 27, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision. FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the tournament...

Former US defender Jimmy Banks dead at 54

Apr. 26, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Banks, a defender and winger who made two appearances for the United States at the 1990 World Cup, died Friday. He was 54. Banks died of pancreatic cancer at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, the U.S. Soccer Federation said. Banks had 36 international appearances from 1986-91....