Latest International soccer News

Fight against India joins 2 Kashmir teens in life and death

Jan. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EST

HAJIN, India (AP) — On a hot day in August, members of a Kashmiri youth soccer team watched their 16-year-old captain, Saqib Bilal Sheikh, and goalkeeper Mudassir Rashid Parray, two years his junior, walk off the field toward a man on a motorcycle. The two teenagers were not seen again until months later,...

De Boer takes over Atlanta United with big shoes to fill

Jan. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Frank de Boer was sacked by Inter Milan after less than three months on the job. He lasted just four Premier League games at Crystal Palace. Now, after two short-lived coaching stints, de Boer has a chance to revive his career with the wildly popular champions of Major League Soccer....

Australia praises Thai move on Saudi, concerned about player

Jan. 10, 2019 7:44 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention. Marise Payne met with...

Las Vegas police seeking soccer star's DNA in rape case

Jan. 10, 2019 6:45 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of a Nevada woman's allegation that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet, the soccer star's lawyer and Las Vegas police said Thursday. Attorney Peter S....

The Latest: Police seek Italy's help in Ronaldo rape case

Jan. 10, 2019 5:43 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on police Las Vegas seeking a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo in a investigation of a 2009 rape claim (all times Pacific): 2:40 p.m. Las Vegas police say investigators are asking Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in an ongoing rape...

Davidson goes No. 1 in NWSL draft, will skip senior year

Jan. 10, 2019 5:38 PM EST

Defender Tierna Davidson, who decided to skip her senior season at Stanford to play professionally in the National Women's Soccer League, went to the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 1 pick in the league's draft Thursday. Davidson, named U.S. Soccer's Young Player of the Year for her play last season, is also a...

Vatican launches track team of Swiss Guards, nuns

Jan. 10, 2019 7:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican launched an official track team Thursday with the aim of competing in international competitions as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee. About 60 Holy See runners — Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, pharmacists and even a 62-year-old professor...

Top American soccer referee Mark Geiger is retiring

Jan. 9, 2019 2:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Geiger looks at the calendar and feels aged out of his job. The first American to referee in the knockout stage of the World Cup is retiring after 15 seasons in Major League Soccer. "At 48 when the next World Cup would happen, I didn't think I would be at the same point that I am right...

Egypt to replace Cameroon as soccer host of 2019 African Cup of Nations

Jan. 8, 2019 6:30 AM EST
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Egypt to replace Cameroon as soccer host of 2019 African Cup of Nations.

New US coach Berhalter sets foundation in 1st training camp

Jan. 7, 2019 8:49 PM EST

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — New coach Gregg Berhalter is taking the U.S. national team back to all sorts of basics during his first training camp. Along with elementary strategic sessions and conditioning work, Berhalter's plan extends to rather basic accommodations: The 28 Major League Soccer-based players...