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Saudi Arabian soccer's international ambitions for clubs including Super Leagues aired at conference

Feb. 28, 2024 17:09 PM EST

Saudi Arabia sees placing its soccer clubs in more international games including Super Leagues as key to achieving the kingdom’s ambitions, a leading industry conference was told Wednesday. A debate on the emerging power of Saudi money and influence in world soccer opened the...

Sounders' new training center will house the franchise now. It could host a World Cup team in 2026

Feb. 13, 2024 19:53 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — For now, the primary purpose of the Seattle Sounders' training center that opened Tuesday will be to help the team remain among the MLS elite. Looking ahead, it’s likely the new headquarters will be a coveted base camp for one of the participants in the 2026...

Messi vs. Mbappé on the global stage again? Argentina has qualified for the Paris Olympics

Feb. 12, 2024 07:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The stars are starting to align for another Lionel Messi vs. Kylian Mbappé showdown on a global soccer stage to follow their epic World Cup final in 2022. The men’s soccer tournament at the Paris Olympics starts July 24 and Argentina has now joined host France in...

Afif hat trick secures Qatar back-to-back Asian Cup titles after 3-1 win against Jordan

Feb. 10, 2024 12:35 PM EST

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Akram Afif scored a hat trick of penalties to secure back-to-back Asian Cup titles for Qatar in a 3-1 win against Jordan on Saturday. The forward struck in the first half of the final and then twice after the break at Lusail Stadium to finish as the...

Post-World Cup, Qatar is pressing ahead with labor reforms but concerns for migrant workers remain

Feb. 10, 2024 08:10 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — When Qatar hosted the World Cup a little over a year ago, the wealthy emirate faced intense scrutiny over its human rights record, especially the treatment of migrant workers who helped build the glitzy stadiums. The issue has faded to the background as Qatar...

Having the 2026 World Cup final in New Jersey is extra motivation for Gregg Berhalter

Feb. 05, 2024 15:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter, having the 2026 World Cup final played in New Jersey adds another layer of incentive. Berhalter grew up not far from MetLife Stadium, the venue that will host the championship match of the expanded 48-nation, 104-game tournament. ...

With 7 matches for the 2026 World Cup, Boston expecting huge economic boost

Feb. 05, 2024 15:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Getting the chance to host seven matches for the 2026 World Cup was more than expected and offers a much-needed shot in the arm to the city’s economy, Boston officials said Monday. FIFA made the announcement Sunday, allocating the opener of the 39-day tournament to...

Lionel Messi's global tour with Inter Miami has been very messy and a PR nightmare

Feb. 05, 2024 04:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — It's all been very messy. We're talking about Lionel Messi and Inter Miami's global tour of exhibition games where the main show has been Argentina's 2022 World Cup-winning captain. The matches are about promotion and marketing, hoping to build a new...

SoFi Stadium to install retractable corner seats this spring, increasing field size for soccer

Feb. 04, 2024 19:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — SoFi Stadium will begin work Monday on renovations to increase the size of its playing field area in preparation for hosting eight matches during the 2026 World Cup. Los Angeles Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff says the construction involves replacing...

2026 World Cup final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey

Feb. 04, 2024 19:46 PM EST

The 2026 World Cup final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, beating out Texas and California for soccer’s showcase game. FIFA awarded the July 19 championship to the $1.6 billion venue, which opened in 2010, the culminating match of an expanded 48-nation, 104-game...