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  • Mali banned from international football

    Mali has been suspended from international football after the West African country's sports minister sacked the executive committee of its football federation, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday.

  • Ex-head of Salvadoran football federation given 8 years in prison

    The former president of El Salvador's football federation, who is wanted in the United States for alleged corruption, was sentenced to eight years in Salvadoran prison for labor fraud, the country's attorney general's office said on Monday.

  • FIFA chief ‘confident’ of video officials at WC

    Video assistance for referees could be a reality at next year's World Cup finals despite teething problems when they were tested at the Club World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

  • Messi

    WC fans will need special identity cards for matches

    Fans at next year's World Cup and this year's Confederations Cup in Russia will need special identity cards before they can watch matches, soccer's governing body said Thursday.

  • Former FIFA secretary general Valcke appeals 10-year ban

    Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his 10-year ban from football, the tribunal said on Tuesday.

  • FIFA backs St. Petersburg pitch

    FIFA on Monday said it was confident problems plaguing the pitch at the new Saint Petersburg stadium will be fixed in time for the Confederations Cup in June.

  • Smog may force U-17 football World Cup out of Delhi

    FIFA could pull Under-17 World Cup matches out of New Delhi because of concerns over air quality in the world's most polluted capital city, the tournament director said.

  • When will national school football start?

    After Bangladesh national football team's debacle against Bhutan in the Asian Cup Qualifying play-offs, there have been some bold recommendations from all stakeholders to concentrate on grassroots and youth development in a bid to strengthen the pipelines for the senior national teams.

  • Term limits on new UEFA presidents

    Future UEFA presidents will be limited to a maximum of three terms and a total of 12 years in the job, European soccer's governing body said on Thursday, after its executive committee approved a set of governance reforms.

  • Trump policies cloud potential US World Cup bid

    President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies could hurt an expected U.S. bid to host the 2026 World Cup although plenty of time remains for concerns to ease before the decision by world soccer's governing body FIFA.

  • Chinese clubs more than double spending on int. transfers

    Chinese soccer clubs spent over $450 million on international transfers last year, around 2-1/2 times more than the year before, according to a FIFA subsidiary report released on Friday.

  • Kremlin to host 2018 WC finals draw

    The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country's Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

  • East Timor kicked out of 2023 Asian Cup

    East Timor has been expelled from the 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying documents of several Brazilian-born footballers, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday.

  • FIFA warns Liverpool over Matip

    FIFA warned Liverpool on Monday they cannot play Joel Matip unless Africa Cup of Nations participants Cameroon give the Premier League title-chasers permission.

  • Asian fringe ready for World Cup expansion

    FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will be a catalyst to soccer's growth in countries hovering on the fringe of the showpiece tournament, according to Japan Football Association (JFA) president Kozo Tashima.

  • Asia chief predicts positive impact of World Cup expansion

    FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will address Asia's long-standing demand for greater representation in the showpiece tournament, Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said on Wednesday.

  • Malaysia elated at Subri's win

    Malaysian football fans were elated Tuesday to wake up to the news that their countryman had won FIFA's goal of the year award for his extraordinary swerving free-kick.

  • FIFA agrees to expand World Cup to 48 teams

    FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy.

  • Malaysia delights in Mohd Faiz's goal of the year award

    Malaysian soccer fans heaped praise on Mohd Faiz Subri on Tuesday after the Penang FA player received the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016 at a FIFA ceremony in Zurich.

  • Deep division as FIFA decides on expanded World Cup

    FIFA's governing council is set to decide on Tuesday whether to expand the World Cup, a controversial idea that has created deep divisions among global football's most powerful camps.

  • All-America qualifiers mulled

    FIFA has proposed merging the CONCACAF and South American qualifiers as part of its plans to expand the 2026 World Cup, a leading official from the region said in a newspaper interview.

  • 48-team WC to boost revenue

    Increasing the World Cup from 32 teams to 48, as proposed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, would generate an additional $640 million (605 million euros), according to a confidential FIFA report seen by AFP on Friday.

  • Bangladesh football team

    Booters drop two places

    The Bangladesh football team dropped down two places in the latest FIFA rankings, published Thursday.

  • Argentina end year on top

    Lionel Messi's beaten Copa America finalists Argentina end the year top of FIFA's world rankings while France were named 'mover of the year'.

  • Barca withdraw appeal over fines for pro-Catalan flags

    Barcelona have agreed to withdraw an appeal against fines imposed by UEFA last year after their supporters waved pro-Catalan independence flags at two matches, European soccer's governing body said on Monday.

  • Infantino wants video refs at 2018 WC

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see video referees used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia -- if its teething problems have been fixed in time.

  • European elite oppose WC expansion

    The powerful body representing Europe's top clubs on Thursday said it opposed the proposed enlargement of the World Cup, saying leading players were already under too much strain.

  • Argentine firm agrees to $112.8 mn settlement

    Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias S.A. agreed Tuesday to pay $112.8 million to settle charges in the United States stemming from a massive FIFA corruption scandal, authorities said.

  • Sepp Blatter

    'Disrespectful Infantino won't answer my calls'

    Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says successor Gianni Infantino has showed him no respect by failing to return his phone calls.

  • ‘Asia backs 48-team World Cup’

    FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Thursday said Asian countries backed his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams -- and added that up to three countries should be allowed to co-host the tournament.

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