Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup News

Female referee at men's World Cup wants the game to shine

Jun. 27, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita agrees with Pelé or whoever it was decades ago that first described soccer as the “beautiful game.” Yamashita is one of three women picked by FIFA to be referees at the men's World Cup in Qatar, which opens on Nov. 21. It's the...

Fans push soccer club to cancel Qatar game over human rights

Jun. 27, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

WATFORD, England (AP) — Fan groups said they persuaded English soccer club Watford on Monday to cancel a planned preseason game against Qatar over human rights issues. The supporter groups Proud Hornets, representing LGBT fans, and Women of Watford published a joint statement...

LAFC hopeful Bale can join club within a couple weeks

Jun. 26, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Thorrington confirmed Sunday that Gareth Bale is joining Los Angeles FC. The timing of when that will happen remains a bit unsettled. Thorrington, LAFC's co-president and general manager, said after Sunday's match against the New York Red Bulls he is hopeful...

AP source: Gareth Bale signs with MLS leaders Los Angeles FC

Jun. 25, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC has reached a deal with Welsh forward Gareth Bale to move to Major League Soccer after his departure from Real Madrid, a person close to the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because the details of...

Group asks for living wages, labor rights for 2026 World Cup

Jun. 25, 2022 02:23 AM EDT

With this year's World Cup in Qatar clouded by labor and human rights issues, there's a push for the North American cities awarded games for the 2026 tournament to commit to livable wages, equitable hiring and worker protection. The Dignity 2026 coalition has brought together groups...

Parson signs law exempting World Cup tickets from sales tax

Jun. 23, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday signed a bill that will reduce the cost of World Cup tickets when the soccer tournament comes to Kansas City in 2026. The bill exempts tickets for the FIFA World Cup games from sales tax. The Missouri Legislature passed...

Title IX: Scurry's career, law forever linked at Smithsonian

Jun. 22, 2022 22:26 PM EDT

Briana Scurry’s U.S. national soccer team jersey is at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in a permanent display that notes the contribution of Title IX to leveling the playing field. The law helped paved the way for the Black goalkeeper to...

US to play Japan, Saudi Arabia in last World Cup warmups

Jun. 21, 2022 09:29 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will play Japan and Saudia Arabia in its last two World Cup warmups. The 15th-ranked Americans will play No. 23 Japan in an exhibition on Sept. 23 at a European site that's yet to be announced, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday. Four days...

Turner doesn't play in MLS finale as Revs top Minnesota 2-1

Jun. 19, 2022 23:36 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Matt Turner sat the bench for his final game with the New England Revolution before his transfer to Arsenal, a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. The 27-year-old, the leading contender to start for the United States in the World Cup, signed with New...

FIFA picks 2026 World Cup cities, predicts US `No 1 sport'

Jun. 17, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 16 cities of the first World Cup spread across three nations were revealed, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino made a bold statement summing up the goal of the 2026 tournament, to be played largely in the United States. “By 2026, soccer — or futbol — will...