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FIFA to consider four bids to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a vote on the host...

South Korea withdraws bid for 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 4:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has withdrawn from the bidding to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. The Korea Football Association made the announcement hours before Friday's deadline for candidates to submit completed bid books to soccer's governing body, FIFA. The KFA said it initially pushed to...

Despite doping ban, Russian athletes prepare for Olympics

Dec. 10, 2019 3:01 AM EST

Despite another doping ban, many Russian athletes will still be competing at the next Olympics. The sanctions handed down by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday mean there won't be a Russian flag or national anthem at a string of major sports competitions, including next year's Tokyo Olympics. But there are...

Spanish league loses court battle, won’t play match in US

Nov. 15, 2019 6:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league lost another battle against the Spanish soccer federation on Friday and won’t be allowed to take a regular-season match to the United States, at least not for now. The game between Villarreal and Atlético Madrid next month was called off after the league lost a...

FIFA hires Arsene Wenger for global soccer development role

Nov. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer. The former Arsenal manager accepted FIFA’s offer Wednesday more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champion’s vacant...

N Korean women team to skip soccer competition in S Korea

Oct. 30, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea won't send its women's soccer team to a regional competition in South Korea in December amid strained ties between the two countries. The East Asian Football Federation said Wednesday that North Korea informed it in mid-September that it won't take part in the 2019...

FIFA won't rebuke Club World Cup host China on human rights

Oct. 24, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

FIFA President Gianni Infantino glossed over questions about human rights violations in China while celebrating the country's selection as the first host of soccer's expanded Club World Cup. "We have a social responsibility due to the magnitude and the power that football brings with it," Infantino said after the...

Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight

Oct. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the...

Korean derby drawn in women's Olympic soccer qualifying

Oct. 18, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — There will be another Korean derby game in international soccer in qualifying for the 2020 Olympic women's tournament. The Asian Football Confederation says North Korea and South Korea will play in a qualifying match on Feb. 9 in South Korea. Two qualifying groups were drawn...

South Korean soccer team tells of 'rough' match in Pyongyang

Oct. 17, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA. The historic match ended in a scoreless draw Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which was...