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  • Law-makers reject fourth substitution proposal 17 hours ago

    By Mike Collett BELFAST (Reuters) - Football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), rejected the idea of a fourth substitution in extra time on Saturday but is considering dropping the one-match ban for "triple punishments". The body, which consists of the four British associations and four from football's world governing body FIFA, also wants more time to discuss video trials being carried out in the Netherlands by the Dutch FA (KNVB). The fourth substitute proposal, requiring a change to Law 3, did not get approval but will be referred back for further analysis by IFAB's newly-introduced advisory panels. Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson told a news briefing: "We think this is a ground-breaking decision that will have a significant effect on the way grassroots football is played by thousands of amateur and recreational players". More »

  • International football board pushes back video technology trials
    International football board pushes back video technology trials 18 hours ago

    The use of video replays to assist match officials will not be trialled for at least another year, football's rule-making body the International FA Board (IFAB) announced on Saturday. More »

  • Soccer-Clock ticking as MLS and union face crunch talks 21 hours ago

    By Simon Evans MIAMI, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Major League Soccer and its players face showdown talks on Sunday in a last-ditch bid to avoid a strike and a delay to the start of its 20th season next week. The MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league are negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the last five-year deal on pay and conditions ran out at the end of January with no new contract in place. Players have repeatedly stated they want free agency to be included in the new deal and that they will refuse to play unless they get such a concession from the league. The new MLS season is scheduled to start on Friday. More »

  • Soccer--English FA chief wants action before another "Lampard moment&q … 21 hours ago

    By Mike Collett BELFAST, Feb 28 (Reuters) - English FA chairman Greg Dyke warned football on Saturday not to wait for "another Frank Lampard moment" before adopting video technology to help referees rule on major incidents in matches. Lampard "scored" a valid goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in 2010 but it was not given because none of the officials saw that the ball had crossed the line. FIFA president Sepp Blatter, traditionally a staunch opponent of goal-line technology, changed his mind after that incident and technology to determine whether a ball has crossed the line was used at last year's World Cup in Brazil. Dyke, speaking to reporters after the annual meeting of the law-making International Football Association Board (IFAB), was unhappy that IFAB rejected an idea from the Dutch FA to continue trials of their video technology system in Dutch Cup matches. More »

  • European clubs should just accept a winter World Cup
    European clubs should just accept a winter World Cup 22 hours ago

    The world of football does not revolve around European clubs and its time they realise that. More »

  • Barack Obama has invited Stephanie Roche to spend Patrick’s Day in the White …
    Barack Obama has invited Stephanie Roche to spend Patrick’s Day in the White … 22 hours ago

    The announcement comes on the back of recent news confirming that Roche has signed with US side Houston Dash. More »

  • Soccer-Law-makers reject fourth substitution proposal 23 hours ago

    By Mike Collett BELFAST, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), rejected the idea of a fourth substitution in extra time on Saturday but is considering dropping the one-match ban for so-called "triple punishments". The body, which consists of the four British associations and four from world governing body FIFA, also wants more time to discuss video trials being carried out in the Netherlands by the Dutch FA (KNVB). More »

  • Soccer-Almeria appeal to CAS over FIFA three-point deduction Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) - La Liga strugglers Almeria have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a FIFA decision to dock them three points for what Spanish media said was unpaid debts. Almeria confirmed the points deduction on their website (www.udalmeriasad.com) without explaining what the sanction was for and said it would not take effect until CAS had heard their appeal. "At the same time Almeria is relaxed about this whole issue and is up to date with all its obligations," the Andalusian club said. ... More »

  • MLS Commissioner Garber: Hopeful season will start on time Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says he is still hopeful the season will start on time, even as the professional soccer league and its players head into the last week of their offseason without a collective bargaining agreement. More »

  • Soccer-Time for World Cup compromise not confrontation - Gill Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Mike Collett BELFAST, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill has welcomed FIFA president Sepp Blatter's suggestion that the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar cannot be played later than Dec. 18. Gill, who is now on UEFA's executive committee and walked out of a FIFA meeting last year after Blatter called the British media racist, was among delegates attending a meeting of the law-making International Football Association Board (IFAB) on Friday. The English Premier League has been the most vociferous opponent of the planned November/December World Cup in Qatar. Gill, who was once at the helm of the Premier League's most successful club, said it was time to accept the notion of the finals being held in winter rather than summer and make compromises. More »

  • Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18
    Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18 Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England. More »

  • Luis Enrique backs Alves ahead of contract decision
    Luis Enrique backs Alves ahead of contract decision Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has given strong public backing to fullback Dani Alves, suggesting he wants the Brazil international to remain at the club beyond the end of this season. Alves is yet to agree an extension to his contract, which expires in June, raising the possibility the 31-year-old will leave the club he joined from La Liga rivals Sevilla in July 2008. Alves came under fire this week for reacting angrily when he was substituted in the second half of Tuesday's Champions League victory at Manchester City but Luis Enrique had nothing but praise for him on Friday. "In the decisions with the lineups you can see the confidence I have in Dani Alves, a player of great quality and professionalism," Luis Enrique told a news conference ahead of Saturday's La Liga game at Granada. More »

  • Blatter Wants Qatar Final Before 18 December
    Blatter Wants Qatar Final Before 18 December Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to be played no later than 18 December. Blatter's suggestion comes after a FIFA task force recommended the tournament be played in November and December to avoid Qatar's summer heat. European football leagues and clubs had called for the event to be staged in May and June to reduce the impact on their playing schedules. But that suggestion has been ruled out due to the extreme summer weather in Qatar. More »

  • Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says
    Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press. More »

  • 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18, says Blatter
    2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18, says Blatter Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Mike Collett BELFAST (Reuters) - The World Cup final in Qatar in 2022 should be played no later than Dec. 18, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Blatter, who arrived in Northern Ireland for this weekend's International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting, said he would propose that idea to the FIFA executive committee when it meets next month. UEFA, European soccer's governing body, said this week that it wanted the World Cup to start on Nov. 26 and end on Dec. 23, two days before Christmas. "The World Cup will not go on until the 23rd, definitely not, we have to stop at the 18th," Blatter told reporters. More »

  • Exclusive - Nepal officials urge FIFA for full probe of own chief Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) vice presidents are calling for world football's governing body to launch a fully- fledged probe into their own president Ganesh Thapa before his self-imposed four-month suspension runs out next week. FIFA said on Nov. 4 that Thapa had willingly stepped down from all his positions for 120 days after the sport's ruling body said it would look into allegations of misconduct. FIFA has not released any findings ahead of the 120-day period which ends next week. In a letter to FIFA seen by Reuters, ANFA vice presidents said the ruling body now needed to launch a full investigation and not a mere review of claims, listing a number of issues that require closer scrutiny. More »

  • EXCLUSIVE-Soccer-Nepal officials urge FIFA for full probe of own chief Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Karolos Grohmann Feb 27 (Reuters) - All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) vice presidents are calling for world soccer's governing body to launch a fully- fledged probe into their own president Ganesh Thapa before his self-imposed four-month suspension runs out next week. FIFA said on Nov. 4 that Thapa had willingly stepped down from all his positions for 120 days after the sport's ruling body said it would look into allegations of misconduct. FIFA has not released any findings ahead of the 120-day period which ends next week. In a letter to FIFA seen by Reuters, ANFA vice presidents said the ruling body now needed to launch a full investigation and not a mere review of claims, listing a number of issues that require closer scrutiny. More »

  • Law-makers consider fourth substitution and end to triple sanction Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), will consider allowing a fourth substitution in extra time as well as ending the controversial so-called "triple punishment" this weekend. IFAB, which consists of the four British associations and four from world governing body FIFA, will also hear reports on the use of sin-bins in experimental youth matches and discuss changes to the laws governing handball, but they are not up for inclusion on the statute books. The English FA said this week they would welcome debate of trials carried out in the Netherlands by the Dutch FA (KNVB) where a video assistant, watching a TV monitor, liaises with the referee via a headset to help the man in the middle ensure he has made the right decision on crucial plays. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was famously resistant to any use of video technology in football for years but changed his mind after the 2010 World Cup finals when England saw a valid goal against Germany not given because the officials failed to spot the ball crossed the line. More »

  • Soccer-Kuwait nominates KFA honorary president for FIFA ExCo Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    (Makes clear in headline that Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is honorary president) Feb 26 (Reuters) - The Kuwait Football Association has nominated Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah as a candidate to be one of Asia's three representatives on FIFA's executive committee, the KFA said on Thursday. Elections will be held at the Asian Football Confederation General Assembly in Bahrain in April. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is honorary president of the KFA and was elected as an International Olympic Committee member in 1992. ... More »

  • Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad seeks seat on FIFA board Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is seeking election to the FIFA executive committee. More »

  • La Liga suffers if third-party ownership banned - official Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    La Liga will suffer compared to European rivals if FIFA follows through with a plan to ban the third-party ownership (TPO) of players, according to a top official from Spain's professional league (LFP). The LFP and its Portuguese counterpart have filed a legal challenge with the European Commission over FIFA's decision to ban TPO, when the transfer rights of players are wholly or partially owned by an investment fund instead of a club. The Iberian leagues want a regulatory model introduced instead that they say would prevent abuses and bad practice and argue that TPO strengthens clubs and helps stop talent draining away to wealthier leagues like the English Premiership. "If we don't achieve change together in five years we will turn into the world's fifth league," Javier Gomez, an LFP director general, said at a forum on TPO on Thursday. More »

  • Soccer-La Liga suffers if third-party ownership banned - official Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    La Liga will suffer compared to European rivals if FIFA follows through with a plan to ban the third-party ownership (TPO) of players, according to a top official from Spain's professional league (LFP). The LFP and its Portuguese counterpart have filed a legal challenge with the European Commission over FIFA's decision to ban TPO, when the transfer rights of players are wholly or partially owned by an investment fund instead of a club. The Iberian leagues want a regulatory model introduced instead that they say would prevent abuses and bad practice and argue that TPO strengthens clubs and helps stop talent draining away to wealthier leagues like the English Premiership. "If we don't achieve change together in five years we will turn into the world's fifth league," Javier Gomez, an LFP director general, said at a forum on TPO on Thursday. More »

  • WADA chief: Rio lab could be accredited soon ahead of games
    WADA chief: Rio lab could be accredited soon ahead of games Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The suspension of Rio de Janeiro's anti-doping laboratory could be lifted within two months in a crucial step to ensure effective drug-testing at next year's Olympics, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday. More »

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  • Valcke: No FIFA compensation to clubs for 2022 date switch
    Valcke: No FIFA compensation to clubs for 2022 date switch Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The fallout from FIFA's desire to play the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022 was felt in Europe and Africa on Wednesday. More »

  • Analysis - Attention European leagues: it's the World Cup
    Analysis - Attention European leagues: it's the World Cup Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's leading football leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup. Tuesday's recommendation by a task force of football's world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about "disruption" and "tradition." It also led to an immediate demand by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Clubs' Association, for compensation for his members being forced to release their players during the season for the first time. This plea came two weeks after the English Premier League secured a TV rights deal worth five billion pounds over three years from 2016 with no indication that the next deal will be anything other than similarly lucrative. More »

  • African Cup moved to June 2023 by World Cup date switch
    African Cup moved to June 2023 by World Cup date switch Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The 2023 African Cup of Nations in Guinea will move from January to June because of FIFA's plan to switch the 2022 World Cup dates to November-December, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday. ... More »

  • UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final date in Qatar
    UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final date in Qatar Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA supports playing the 2022 World Cup final on Dec. 23 to help protect international qualifying matches in its own competitions. More »

  • FIFA: No Compensation For Winter World Cup
    FIFA: No Compensation For Winter World Cup Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Football's world governing body FIFA has announced that clubs will not receive any compensation if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is held in winter. The organisation's secretary general Jerome Valcke was speaking a day after a FIFA task force recommended a November/December tournament. "There will be no compensation. I mean, they have seven years to reorganise football around the world for this World Cup," he said. More »

  • No compensation to clubs for winter World Cup - Fifa
    No compensation to clubs for winter World Cup - Fifa Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A day after announcing 2022 football World Cup will take place in Nov-Dec, Fifa ruled out compensating affected clubs. More »

  • No club compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup – FIFA
    No club compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup – FIFA Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Amena Bakr DOHA (Reuters) - Soccer's world governing body FIFA flexed its muscles again on Wednesday when it announced that clubs will not get compensation for losing players and suffering domestic disruption due to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar. A day after a FIFA task force angered Europe's clubs by recommending a November/December tournament, the organisation's secretary general, Jerome Valcke, told reporters there would be no financial payments for any disruption to domestic leagues. "There will be no compensation. I mean they have seven years to reorganise football around the world for this World Cup," said Valcke when asked if any payment would be made following the shift from the originally proposed dates of a European summer tournament. More »

  • No World Cup compensation for European clubs, says FIFA
    No World Cup compensation for European clubs, says FIFA Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke on Wednesday ruled out any prospect of Europe's football clubs receiving financial compensation for the 2022 World Cup being moved to November-December. More »

  • No Compensation Over Qatar World Cup
    No Compensation Over Qatar World Cup Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    There will be no compensation for European clubs over the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, FIFA has confirmed. UEFA has also confirmed to Sky Sports News HQ that it has suggested the final should be played on 23 December - the preferred date of most of the confederations according to FIFA - with the tournament getting under way on 26 November. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of the European Clubs' Association, said the leading European clubs would demand compensation from FIFA if the 2022 World Cup was played in November and December, as has been recommended by the FIFA task force. More »

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  • FIFA closes on dates for taboo-breaking World Cup in Qatar
    FIFA closes on dates for taboo-breaking World Cup in Qatar Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos. More »