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FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, United States forward Lynn Williams (13) chases after the ball during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain in Harrison, N.J. Williams had her momentum with the U.S. national team stalled by the coronavirus pandemic. She was hoping to earn a spot on the Olympic team this past summer. But the one-year delay has given her time to work on different aspects of her game. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

Lynn Williams hopes to regain momentum after strange year

Oct. 30, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Lynn Williams was on a roll, soccer-wise. It started last year about this time. She had helped her club team, the North Carolina Courage, win its second straight National Women's Soccer League title, then she did well in a pair of friendlies with the U.S. national team — including scoring two goals in a...

FILE — In this file photo taken Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014, South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa, is photographed in Johannesburg.  Six years and one day since Meyiwa was fatally shot at his celebrity girlfriend's house, five men accused of being part of a plot to assassinate him in an organized

Arrests, drama 6 years after S. Africa soccer star's killing

Oct. 27, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Six years and one day since South Africa's popular national soccer team captain was fatally shot at his celebrity girlfriend's house, five men accused of being part of a plot to assassinate him appeared in a courtroom Tuesday only for the case to be beset by confusion and...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 3, 2020, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, and according to a statement FIFA says Infantino “has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for ten days.” (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

FIFA president Infantino tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that Infantino has mild symptoms and "has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.” People who have come into...

The Latest: England cancels soccer friendly against Germany

Oct. 25, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ England has canceled its women’s friendly match against Germany on Tuesday after a member of its backroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The Football Association says it has made the decision in light of...

US men's soccer to return for Nov. 12 exhibition at Wales

Oct. 23, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team will return to the field for the first time since January for a Nov. 12 exhibition at Wales. The Americans have not played since a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Feb. 1 because of the pandemic. In that match at Carson, California, the U.S. used players mostly preparing...

FILE - In this Sept. 1968 file photo, Brazil's Pele kicks the ball during a friendly soccer game against Belgium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On Oct. 23, 2020, the three-time World Cup winner Pelé turns 80 without a proper celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic as he quarantines in his mansion in the beachfront city of Guarujá, where he has lived since the start of the pandemic.  (AP Photo, File)

Brazilian soccer great Pelé turns 80, isolated at home

Oct. 22, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Pelé turns 80 on Friday, but the celebration will have to wait. The three-time World Cup winner will spend the day isolated with a few family members outside Sao Paulo, where he is expected to receive a flood of tributes from players, fans, celebrities and...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: NFL's Washington team not yet allowing fans

Oct. 21, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Washington Football Team will allow only friends and family in attendance at FedEx Field on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, even after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan allowed teams to fill outdoor stadiums to 10% capacity. A...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: UEFA cancels men's soccer under-19 Euros

Oct. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ UEFA has called off the under-19 European Championship in men’s soccer that was twice postponed and pushed into 2021. Europe's governing soccer body says the cancellation in Northern Ireland is “due to the current...

Bulgaria's Georgi Yomov, right, falls after a tackle by Hungary's Willi Orban during the Euro 2020 playoff semifinal soccer match between Bulgaria and Hungary at the Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Thursday Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Desislava Komarova)

UEFA adds third Chinese sponsor to soccer's Euro 2020

Oct. 20, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA signed a third Chinese sponsor for soccer’s next European Championship on Tuesday. Phone manufacturer Vivo agreed a two-tournament deal to add to its existing sponsorship with FIFA for two World Cups through 2022. China now provides three of UEFA’s 10 top-tier...

Tottenham Hotspur's Josie Green, left, tackles Manchester United's Leah Galton during the English Women's Super League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Hive stadium in London Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

English women's soccer targets titles, player development

Oct. 19, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — England’s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women’s teams. Most immediately it’s deciding on a coach for the Olympics next month and whether Phil Neville should lead the British team in Japan. Then there’s an expectation that Neville’s...