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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...

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...

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...

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...

Infantino refloats idea of using algorithm to set soccer player transfer fees in $10 billion market

Feb. 02, 2024 03:12 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA wants to open debate on setting soccer transfer fees by algorithm instead of the historic way of two clubs negotiating a market value price for contracted players. FIFA president Gianni Infantino used his address to its annual law conference that closed Friday in...

FIA-commissioned report takes aim at social media companies for not curbing online abuse in sports

Feb. 01, 2024 04:01 AM EST

An FIA-commissioned report on online abuse in sports released Thursday suggests social media companies should do more to curb targeted attacks toward athletes, officials and even fans. The United Against Online Abuse Campaign surveyed 22 global sporting federations, among them FIFA,...

Milan keeper Maignan wants stronger action after racist abuse. FIFA president eyes tougher sanctions

Jan. 21, 2024 19:40 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan says too many people are “complicit” in allowing racism to continue blighting soccer, and urged authorities to take stronger action after he suffered racist abuse on Saturday night. And FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested “an automatic...

Slovenia beats US 1-0 in an exhibition that included 24 international debuts

Jan. 20, 2024 18:27 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — On an afternoon of debuts, the result for the United States against a European opponent was familiar. Eleven Americans made their first national team appearances, the most in a match in 36 years, and a mistake by one of those debutants led to Slovenia's goal in a...

Messi edges Haaland in tiebreaker for FIFA’s best men’s player award. Bonmatí takes women's prize

Jan. 15, 2024 19:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi landed another prestigious award in soccer — barely. The Argentina star needed a tiebreaker with Erling Haaland to win FIFA's best men’s player prize on Monday. He has national team captains to thank. The voting breakdown...

MetLife Stadium to remove 1,740 seats for 2026 World Cup, officials hoping to host final

Jan. 04, 2024 15:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — MetLife Stadium officials plan to remove 1,740 seats to widen the field for World Cup matches as they hope to host the 2026 final but will retain a narrower surface for this year’s Copa América. The stadium in suburban East Rutherford, New Jersey, is among the...