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Women's World Cup hosts urge FIFA not to sign Saudi sponsor

Feb. 01, 2023 21:25 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Women’s World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand urged FIFA on Wednesday not to sign a sponsor deal with the tourism authority of Saudi Arabia where “rights of women remain severely restricted.” Leaders of the two national soccer federations warned in a...

Saudi soccer influence grows by winning seat on FIFA Council

Feb. 01, 2023 09:15 AM EST

Saudi Arabia added to its influence in world soccer on Wednesday, winning a seat on the FIFA Council and then being confirmed as host of the 2027 Asian Cup. The election win at the Asian Football Confederation’s annual meeting followed Cristiano Ronaldo arrival last month to play...

FIFA reviews chef's 'undue access' to hold World Cup trophy

Dec. 22, 2022 13:51 PM EST

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is taking “appropriate internal action” to address breaches of World Cup protocol by a celebrity chef who held the gold trophy on the field, soccer’s governing body said Thursday. The chef, who is known as Salt Bae and is regularly seen with FIFA president...

FIFA mostly wins big but loses some trust at Qatar World Cup

Dec. 19, 2022 15:48 PM EST

Even before an epic final won by Lionel Messi and Argentina, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was calling it “the best World Cup ever” in Qatar. There was clear self-interest to declare the success of a tournament that was politically fraught for most of the 12 years since the...

Infantino gives FIFA wish list of new and revamped events

Dec. 16, 2022 16:24 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A 32-team men's Club World Cup in 2025. A new version of the tournament for women. National teams from different continents playing each other more often between World Cups. FIFA president Gianni Infantino shared his wish list Friday to create and revamp games...

FIFA targets $11 billion in revenue through 2026 World Cup

Dec. 16, 2022 13:43 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA expects to earn $11 billion in the 2026 World Cup cycle with a 48-team men’s tournament in North America set to deliver a big increase in revenue amid ongoing uncertainty about the exact match schedule. The four-year budget, which was presented Friday to...

Morocco picked by FIFA to host Club World Cup in February

Dec. 16, 2022 06:11 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Morocco was rewarded by FIFA on Friday with hosting rights for the next Club World Cup in February, with an expanded 32-team edition set to launch in 2025. European champion Real Madrid, South American champion Flamengo and Seattle Sounders, the first CONCACAF...

After World Cup success, Morocco has renewed aims to host

Dec. 15, 2022 13:09 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The idea that Morocco could co-host the 2030 World Cup with near-neighbors Spain and Portugal seemed a bit crazy when it was floated four years ago. It doesn't seem so crazy now. Morocco has gained status inside FIFA and credibility with fans by...

Macron 'immensely proud' that France in World Cup final

Dec. 14, 2022 16:48 PM EST

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said he was ”immensely proud” that France reached the World Cup final after he traveled to Qatar to watch the team's win over Morocco in the semifinals on Wednesday. Macron sat beside FIFA president Gianni Infantino during...

New 48-team World Cup format fails to impress Poland coach

Dec. 03, 2022 11:36 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The high drama of split-screen tension during simultaneous matches in the final set of World Cup group games is now a thing of the past. The next tournament in 2026 will feature 48 teams — 16 more than this year in Qatar — and use a different format that will...