World Cup Headlines

  • Cannon, Long, Amon make US debuts vs Peru

    EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Right back Reggie Cannon, central defender Aaron Long and midfielder Jonathan Amon were given debuts as U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan made nine changes for Tuesday night's exhibition against Peru. Left back Ben Sweat also was in the starting lineup after making his debut as ...
  • History, and a World Cup berth, are on the line for Panama and Jamaica

    That the U.S. will face Canada in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier is about as surprising as a sunrise. Only once have the two neighbors failed to meet in the championship game of the tournament when both participated. And only once has either one failed to advance to the World...
  • Soccer: Less running, less possession paid off for France at World Cup

    France let their opponents do the hard work on their way to winning the World Cup, running less than most teams and enjoying less than 50 percent possession throughout the tournament, a FIFA technical report showed on Tuesday.

  • Factbox: FIFA technical report on the World Cup

    FIFA released its technical report on the World Cup on Tuesday. Following are some of the key points:

  • Megan Rapinoe sees disparity as World Cup approaches

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) - With the Women's World Cup less than eight months away, U.S. national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer. From uncertainty about the use of video review and the amount of prize money, to scheduling other ...
  • Soccer: No trial for former German FA bosses over World Cup payment...

    Two former heads of the German Football Association and two other officials will not go on trial for suspected tax evasion over a payment ahead of the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany, Frankfurt's regional court said on Monday.

  • U.S. to defend Women's World Cup title after securing qualification

    World champions the United States will have a chance to defend their title at the 2019 Women's World Cup after a 6-0 win over Jamaica in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Championship on Sunday sealed their qualification.

  • Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan lead U.S. rout to clinch berth in World Cup

    FRISCO, Texas - Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half Sunday and the United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Heath's first came in the first two minutes of the match, and she added a second in the 29th. Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Morgan also had first-half goals as the United States built a 5-0 lead. Morgan's second goal was a penalty kick in the 84th minute. The...

  • Jimmy Butler practices again with Tiimberwolves as opener nears

    Jimmy Butler is still suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with their opener set for Wednesday at San Antonio. Despite his preference to play elsewhere, signs have begun to point to him staying with the Timberwolves at least to start the season. Butler took part in practice Sunday, only the second time since training camp began with his trade request as the focal point of the team. "They want me to go out here and hoop to the best of my abilities," Butler said. "Make sure I'm healthy,...

  • Dutch hope win over Germany steers them back on course

    Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk hopes their 3-0 win over Germany in Saturday’s Nations League game marks a turning point for the team after barren years.

  • Soccer: Forgotten man Troisi seeks Socceroos return for Asian Cup defence

    James Troisi holds a special place in the annals of Australian soccer as the man who sealed the nation's maiden Asian Cup title in 2015, so missing the Socceroos' World Cup campaign was a bitter pill to swallow.

  • Loew feels the pressure as The Netherlands gain historic win over Germany in Nations League clash

    Netherlands 3-0 Germany: Former world champions goalless in last three competitive matches
  • Dutch humiliate Germany in Nations League, Gibraltar wins

    Germany's UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at old rival Netherlands on Saturday. Following its disastrous World Cup defense in Russia, Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. "Why are we not scoring? That's difficult to answer, we have clear chances," coach Joachim Loew said. "Had we lost 1-0, it would have been acceptable, but breaking apart like this in the last 10 minutes is not good." The defeat left Germany at...

  • US guards against overconfidence in World Cup qualifying

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Defender Becky Sauerbrunn said the memories of 2010 still drive her as the U.S. women's national team seeks to qualify for next year's World Cup in France. The United States lost in the semifinals of that year's CONCACAF qualifying tournament, sending the team to a third-place ...
  • Browns owners exploring purchase of Columbus Crew

    Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said Friday they are part of a group trying to buy the Columbus Crew to keep the Major League Soccer team in the city. The group, which includes Columbus-area investors, said in a statement it is moving forward to acquire the team, which appeared headed to Austin, Texas, after this season. A new stadium in downtown Columbus is part of the plan, although no details were provided. The agreement also provides that Austin, where the city council had...

  • Biggest women's World Cup can be platform for global growth: FIFA

    A record breaking women's World Cup next year in France would be the perfect platform to inspire more young girls to take up soccer around the globe, FIFA's Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman has told Reuters.

  • Soccer: Van Basten steps down from FIFA role

    Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten is to leave his role as FIFA's chief technical development officer at the end of the month to spend more time with his family, world soccer's governing body said on Friday.

  • Soccer: Jamaica and Panama one game away from Women's World Cup debut

    Jamaica and Panama are both one match away from a guaranteed appearance at their first Women's World Cup after reaching the semi-finals of the CONCACAF championship, the qualifying tournament for next year's showpiece.

  • Jamaica routs Cuba 9-0 in Women's World Cup qualifying

    EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Jody Brown scored three goals and Jamaica routed Cuba 9-0 on Thursday night in their final group stage match at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament. Sashana Campbell added a pair of goals, and Khadija Shaw, Deneisha Blackwood and Marlo Sweatman also scored for the ...
  • French league boss sees positives in PSG domination

    Paris St Germain's domestic dominance has had no negative effect on the business side of French soccer, which is only growing in popularity, the head of the country's professional soccer association said on Thursday.

  • Panama eliminates Mexico from the World Cup with 2-0 win

    CARY, N.C. (AP) - Karla Riley and Lineth Cedeno scored and Panama upset Mexico 2-0 ON Wednesday in their final group stage game at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament. The loss means that Mexico is eliminated from the knockout round and won't be a part of the field ...
  • Top-ranked U.S. women blast Trinidad and Tobago, move one win from World Cup berth

    Exactly a year to the day that Trinidad and Tobago ended the World Cup hopes for the United States men in soccer, the U.S. Women’s National Team earned their countrymen … Click to Continue

  • FIFA undertakes global initiative to grow the women's game

    FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women's game in advance of next year's World Cup in France. Soccer's governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women's side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. ...
  • Attorney: Ronaldo rape-report documents altered, fabricated

    Cristiano Ronaldo's new Las Vegas criminal-defense lawyer went on the attack Wednesday, saying documents cited in media reports about a rape claim against the soccer player were "complete fabrications" and the encounter was consensual. In a statement , attorney Peter S. Christiansen blamed reports about the 2009 encounter on electronic data leaks of documents that he said were stolen by a hacker from law firms and other entities in Europe and then put up for sale. Ronaldo "is accustomed to being...