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Chilly Ohio qualifier nears 'high risk' for USSF guidelines

Jan. 20, 2022 02:49 AM EST

A kickoff temperature of about 25 degrees is forecast for the United States’ World Cup qualifier against El Salvador at Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 27, with a wind chill index approaching what the U.S. Soccer Federation’s health guidelines call “high risk for cold-related illness.” ...

Ticket price hike for World Cup final in Qatar reaches 46%

Jan. 19, 2022 10:12 AM EST

The cost of attending the World Cup final is up to 46% higher in Qatar than the previous tournament in Russia, fans discovered Wednesday as tickets went on sale. The steep rise in the prices for the FIFA showpiece match since 2018 contrasts with the group stage — apart from the...

US women, men have not committed to single pay structure

Jan. 11, 2022 17:11 PM EST

The unions for the U.S. women’s and men’s national teams have not committed to agreeing to a single pay structure proposed by the U.S. Soccer Federation, the head of the federation said in a letter to fans Tuesday. The federation's board refused to move ahead with a deal...

World Cup hotel shortage for supporters planning Qatar trips

Dec. 29, 2021 09:14 AM EST

Qatar wants to attract 1.2 million people to the World Cup but will struggle to accommodate many of them. With ticket sales beginning in January, supporters are in for a shock when they look for somewhere to stay: Qatar already looks sold out. Extensive searches by The...

FIFA touts billions to be gained from biennial World Cups

Dec. 20, 2021 10:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — FIFA is making a financial pitch to win support for biennial World Cups. On the day it hoped to hold a vote for the overhaul of the game — before it was abandoned — FIFA claimed Monday that revenue would jump by $4.4 billion to $11.4 billion over four years,...

Women's team players, US Soccer extend labor deal 3 months

Dec. 13, 2021 14:31 PM EST

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the union for its women's national team agreed to a three-month extension of their labor contract through March, a move announced on the same day players filed a brief asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their equal pay claim. As part of the...

Olympic leaders criticize FIFA as activists target meeting

Dec. 11, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Olympic leaders aimed their ire at FIFA’s president over his push for staging more World Cups, during an IOC-hosted meeting that Tibetan students tried to interrupt on Saturday in a protest against the Beijing Winter Games. FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan to stage men’s...

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. ...

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 01:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer has spied on top soccer officials for years while working for Qatar, the tiny Arab country hosting next year’s World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting...

Hamilton: F1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights

Nov. 18, 2021 18:25 PM EST

Formula One is “duty bound” to raise awareness of human rights issues as the series closes its season in the Middle East, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday. F1 concludes its season with its inaugural races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, followed by...