Latest FIFA World Cup News

Zinchenko's tearful support for Ukraine after EPL title win

May. 22, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Ukrainian flag Oleksandr Zinchenko used to wipe away the tears also inspired Manchester City’s Premier League title winner. As Zinchenko paraded around the field with the trophy, the yellow-and-blue colors of his homeland were wrapped around him....

Tillman, Wright, Carter-Vickers get looks for US Cup roster

May. 20, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

Malik Tillman, Haji Wright, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Djordje Mihailovic are joining the U.S. national team for four World Cup prep matches next month, signalling open spots remain on what is expected to be a 26-man roster in November. “Around the edges, there is room," U.S. coach...

Entering US Soccer Hall, Dempsey finds pressure eased

May. 20, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

Clint Dempsey acknowledges the limelight changed him later in his career as he felt responsible for his club and American soccer. Four years removed from playing and on the eve of his induction into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, he is free to be himself. “I...

FIFA plans to announce 2026 World Cup sites on June 16

May. 20, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — FIFA intends to announce the 2026 World Cup sites during a news conference in New York on June 16. Seventeen U.S. stadiums in 16 areas remain in the bidding for the first 48-team World Cup, with the Los Angeles area submitting both SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the...

Ismail Elfath of US picked among 36 World Cup referees

May. 19, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

Ismail Elfath is the lone American among 36 referees selected by FIFA on Thursday for this year’s World Cup. The 40-year-old was born in Morocco, moved to Austin, Texas, at age 18 in 2001 to attend at the University of Texas and refereed his first Major League Soccer match in 2012....

Female referees to officiate men's World Cup for 1st time

May. 19, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Female referees will make World Cup history this year by working games at a major men’s tournament for the first time in Qatar. Three female referees and three female assistant referees were announced Thursday by FIFA among 129 officials selected for World Cup duty,...

Dempsey: Steffen, Turner should consider loans next season

May. 16, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Demspey says he thinks American goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Matt Turner should consider going on loans for the start of next season to get sharp ahead of the World Cup if they are not going to be playing regularly for their Premier League clubs. Turner is...

FIFA clears Cameroon to pick new recruits ahead of World Cup

May. 16, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Cameroon’s recruitment drive ahead of the World Cup continued on Monday with FIFA approving the change in international eligibility of former France Under-21 winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou. Nkoudou, who was with Marseille and Tottenham before joining current club...

Long's calf injury appears relatively minor, Struber says

May. 12, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — American defender Aaron Long's calf injury appears to be relatively minor, according to New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber. The 29-year-old center back left Tuesday night's 3-0 win at D.C. United in a U.S. Open Cup round of 32 match because of calf...

FIFA takes on EA Sports video game in soccer's new rivalry

May. 12, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The name “FIFA” can bring to mind images of the World Cup and soccer’s greatest players, like Pele, Zinedine Zidane or Lionel Messi. The acronym for the sport’s governing body may also remind some of shameless bribery and corruption. For many, though, it’s...