Latest FIFA news

  • ‘No bids invited’ invites suspicion
    ‘No bids invited’ invites suspicion 11 hours ago

    Handing the 2021 world athletics event to Eugene without inviting bids was a controversial move . More »

  • Council of Europe to urge FIFA re-vote on World Cup in Qatar 16 hours ago

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European lawmakers are likely to urge FIFA to re-vote on awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. More »

  • Russia's World Cup critics should 'stay at home', says Blatter
    Russia's World Cup critics should 'stay at home', says Blatter Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    By Denis Dyomkin SOCHI (Reuters) - World politicians unhappy that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup should "stay at home", FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to host venue Sochi on Monday. "If a few politicians are not particularly happy that we are hosting the World Cup in Russia, then I always tell them: 'Well then, stay at home'," Blatter told reporters at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Swiss said he was happy with Russia's progress in preparing for the tournament which will be hosted in 11 cities. Earlier this month, a group of U.S. senators urged football's governing body to strip Russia of its role as host nation, objecting to Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. More »

  • Ugly Olympic conflict breaks into open at Sochi conference
    Ugly Olympic conflict breaks into open at Sochi conference Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Never in recent memory has the Olympic movement seen anything quite like this. More »

  • Qatar floats idea of housing 12,000 football fans on ships
    Qatar floats idea of housing 12,000 football fans on ships Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Qatar plans to accomodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships during the World Cup in 2022, a spokesman for the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said on Monday. More »

  • Russia 2018 doubters should stay at home: Blatter
    Russia 2018 doubters should stay at home: Blatter Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Fifa president content with preparations for the football World Cup. More »

  • Sepp Blatter tells World Cup detractors to 'stay at home'
    Sepp Blatter tells World Cup detractors to 'stay at home' Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter says politicians who are unhappy with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup should "stay at home" during the tournament. More »

  • SportAccord chief launches scathing attack on IOC Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not transparent enough and blocks attempts for other multi-sports events, SportAccord President Marius Vizer said on Monday in a scathing attack on the IOC. International judo federation president Vizer, whose SportAccord organisation represents close to 100 Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations and organisers of multi-sports games, said IOC President Thomas Bach interfered with the autonomy of sporting bodies. "I always tried to develop a constructive collaboration with the IOC and with President Bach," Vizer said at the opening of the SportAccord convention in Russia's Sochi. More »

  • Sport federations' chief Marius Vizer attacks IOC
    Sport federations' chief Marius Vizer attacks IOC Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The head of the association representing international sports federations launched a scathing attack on the IOC on Monday, accusing the Olympic body of running a system that is "expired, outdated, wrong, unfair and not at all transparent." More »

  • CAS cuts Al Shamrani's Asian Champions League ban to 6 games Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Asian soccer player of the year Nassir Al Shamrani had his 8-match Asian Champions League ban for spitting and head-butting cut to six Monday on appeal. More »

  • Israeli FA to discuss Palestinian ban call with FIFA, UEFA Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Worried Israeli football chiefs are preparing to fight a Palestinian proposal to have their Football Association suspended from FIFA next month and will meet top officials in Switzerland in the coming week. "Our understanding is that (Israel's suspension) will be put to a vote and we are preparing for it with everybody we need," Israeli FA (IFA) chief executive Rotem Kamer told Israel's Army Radio on Sunday. He said the IFA was told that the Palestinian proposal would be on the agenda at the FIFA Congress in Zurich next month and he and IFA chairman, Ofer Eini, would discuss the matter with European football's governing body UEFA on Monday and senior officials at its world counterpart FIFA in a week's time. More »

  • Russia to spend $7.7 million on sports centres in Crimea Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The Russian government is to build two sports centres in Crimea as the country looks to increase its influence in the peninsula which it annexed last year. Russian Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko said the centres would act as warm weather training complexes for elite Russian athletes. "I want to choose those centres, which will be important and necessary for our sports teams, but also those, which will create the correct conditions for our sportsmen and women as Crimea experiences various weather conditions," he added. Russia is trying to improve its popularity in Crimea ad the government has invested heavily in the region. More »

  • Newly elected Indonesia FA chief vows to fight back Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The newly-elected president of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has vowed to fight back against the government after seeing his body suspended by the youth and sports ministry. On Saturday, despite the ban, La Nyalla Mahmud won 92 of 106 votes to replace Djohar Arifin and run the PSSI until 2019 at a congress in Surabaya where fans of Persebaya -- one of the clubs that the government wanted banned -- protested outside. "We will fight against the government's decision because only FIFA has the right to dissolve PSSI. FIFA had already warned the Indonesian government to stay away from local football matters after the start date of the domestic league -- currently suspended because of the row -- was pushed back six weeks while clubs underwent further checks. More »

  • Indonesia suspends soccer association Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian government suspended the country's official football association Saturday in a lingering dispute over club ownership. More »

  • The price of an African footballer's dream
    The price of an African footballer's dream Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Fake agents and false promises trap budding footballers who seek overseas contracts to make a name for themselves. More »

  • Indonesia suspends local association, risks FIFA wrath Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Indonesia's youth and sports ministry on Saturday suspended all activities of the local soccer association (PSSI), setting the stage for further tension with world governing body FIFA. The ministry and PSSI have been at loggerheads for weeks over the eligibility of two clubs to compete in the Indonesia Super League. The Indonesian Professional Sports Agency (BOPI), sanctioned by the ministry, wanted Persebaya Surabaya and Arema Indonesia to be blocked from playing, but PSSI had resisted. FIFA had threatened the country with a ban over BOPI's meddling in their affairs and said only the PSSI was recognised to make decisions. More »

  • Capacity of 2018 World Cup final venue to be cut by 8,000
    Capacity of 2018 World Cup final venue to be cut by 8,000 Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government has decided to cut the capacity of the Luzhniki stadium, which will hold the final of the 2018 World Cup, by 8,000 to 81,000. "The Russian Sports Ministry agreed these changes with FIFA." The Luzhniki stadium will be the main arena for the World Cup and aside from holding the final, the opening match will also take place there. The 2018 World Cup will see 12 stadiums being used in 11 cities, including two in Moscow, and one each in St. Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg. More »

  • Pakistan body score first win over government in power play Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    (Reuters) - Sardar Naveed Haider was elected president of the Pakistan Football Federation's largest regional body late on Friday after a chaotic election which FIFA were dragged into and a government-backed candidate barred from. Haider, who told the Dawn newspaper his phone line had been hacked and he had suffered threats if he did not withdraw from the race, was elected head of the Punjab Football Association until 2019 "with a majority", the PFF said in a brief statement. The election win for the PFF's marketing consultant was a win for PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat, who is expected to face a strong challenge from another government-backed candidate for his position in July, possibly from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law. Hayat, a member of the Asian Football Confederation's executive committee, was at the centre of the row after being accused of nepotism in the build-up to the vote by government-backed candidate Ali Haider Noor Niazi. More »

  • Beckenbauer: Bayern 'far, far, far away' from Euro title
    Beckenbauer: Bayern 'far, far, far away' from Euro title Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer is sharply critical of the team's performance in this week's 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto. More »

  • Anti-immigrant violence spreads in South Africa
    Anti-immigrant violence spreads in South Africa Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Arrests made in Gauteng province following overnight street battles in downtown Johannesburg. More »

  • FINA publishes members' compensation following IOC lead Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The world swimming federation (FINA) on Friday published financial compensation details, becoming the first international sport body to follow the lead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) earlier this month. Switzerland-based FINA said top officers, including the president, were volunteers and took no salary but did receive a $400 (266 pounds) per diem when travelling in business class this year. "In answer to the IOC President Thomas Bach and Agenda 2020's call for transparency, FINA...states that the President, the Honorary Secretary, the Honorary Treasurer and the Bureau Members do not receive any kind of indemnity," it said. Until Dec 31, 2014 they received $300 per diem for the days of travel for FINA business and from Jan 1 $400 per diem. More »

  • Analysis - Warner's long gone but CONCACAF's pro-Blatter politics r …
    Analysis - Warner's long gone but CONCACAF's pro-Blatter politics r … Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Simon Evans NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - On the surface, CONCACAF's congress on Thursday looked very different to the last time the regional confederation had gathered before a FIFA presidential election. Back in 2011, with Trinidadian Jack Warner still at the helm of the governing body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF's deliberations were held in a chain hotel in downtown Miami and were closed to the media. There was a giant video screen that displayed professionally produced updates on CONCACAF's activities and youthful CONCACAF staffers in branded uniform buzzed around, assisting the proceedings. The formalities had barely been dealt with before the first of 10 federation representatives began their eulogies to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, whose organisation has faced numerous allegations of corruption in the past four years. More »

  • Webb re-elected unopposed as CONCACAF president Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was re-elected unopposed on Thursday for a second term as head of the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Webb took over as president in 2012 following the resignation of long-standing leader Jack Warner who was embroiled in a cash-for-votes scandal. "Thank you for your trust and confidence. I am grateful to be given the responsibility to lead this organisation," Webb told Congress. ... More »

  • Figo calls CONCACAF congress undemocratic Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Simon Evans NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - FIFA presidential hopeful Luis Figo has hit out at what he called a lack of democracy at CONCACAF's congress on Thursday after incumbent Sepp Blatter was the only candidate given a chance to speak. Before pro-Blatter speeches by 10 federations from the North and Central America and Caribbean body, the FIFA president spoke to the congress and said CONCACAF should have an extra place in the World Cup. I continue to believe that FIFA elections have to be transparent." The session was meant to discuss the minutes of the previous gathering but during it Blatter received pledges of support from 10 federations in a congress that quickly turned from a rally to back the incumbent. Figo, a former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder, said he was unhappy with how the congress approached the impending, May 29th election. More »

  • There could be surprises in FIFA election - van Praag Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Simon Evans NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - CONCACAF's congress witnessed an outburst of support for incumbent Sepp Blatter ahead of next month's FIFA presidential election but one of his rivals Dutch FA chief Michael van Praag believes that does not tell the whole story. Blatter's electoral machine is in full-swing with Africa, South America and the CONCACAF regions already looking strong for him, though van Praag said many of those opposed to the Swiss may be keeping their heads down before the May 29 vote. All three candidates running against Blatter -- van Praag, Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and former Portugal international Luis Figo -- spent time in the Bahamas meeting delegates privately, as they have been doing in other regions. "We knew in advance there was support for Mr Blatter in this region," Van Praag told Reuters in reference to 10 Caribbean and Central American federations speaking in support of Blatter while none publicly backed his three opponents. More »

  • CONCACAF congress turns into pro-Blatter rally
    CONCACAF congress turns into pro-Blatter rally Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Simon Evans NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - Hailed as "the father of football" and compared to Jesus Christ and Nelson Mandela, FIFA chief Sepp Blatter got backing from across Caribbean and Central American countries at the CONCACAF congress on Thursday. Blatter received pledges of support from 10 federations as the congress quickly turned from a business meeting into a rally to support the incumbent president of soccer's world governing body. The Trinidad and Tobago FA chief Raymond Tim Kee praised Blatter as the "father of football" while the president of the Dominican Republic federation Osiris Guzman compared the 79-year-old Swiss to Moses, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King Jr as well as Jesus and Mandela. More »

  • Blatter says CONCACAF should get extra World Cup slot
    Blatter says CONCACAF should get extra World Cup slot Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Simon Evans NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter's suggestion on Thursday that the CONCACAF region should be given an extra automatic qualification spot at the World Cup was met with a swift reply from UEFA president Michel Platini. CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, currently has three automatic places in the World Cup finals with a fourth team able to qualify through a playoff against a nation from another confederation. "If the World Cup will stay at 32 teams, then CONCACAF should have four teams," Blatter said to applause from delegates at the CONCACAF congress. More »

  • Morris scores in 1st US start in 2-0 win over Mexico
    Morris scores in 1st US start in 2-0 win over Mexico Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jordan Morris made a loud statement in his first start for the U.S. national team against his country's biggest and most bitter rival. More »

  • Caribbean will not adopt block vote for FIFA presidency
    Caribbean will not adopt block vote for FIFA presidency Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Simon Evans NASSAU, Bahamas, Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have to work for the votes of the 25 Caribbean football associations after the region's union head said they would break with their normal practice of voting as a block. Antiguan Gordon Derrick, president of the Caribbean Football Union which has 25 votes in FIFA’s presidential election next month, said there would be no mandate from the body, long a Blatter stronghold, to vote for any one candidate. While Derrick gave no clue as to where the Caribbean’s support may go he said the block vote system, used by former CFU and CONCACAF leader Jack Warner, was a thing of the past. More »

  • Rory McIlroy Takes On 50 Shades Star At Footy
    Rory McIlroy Takes On 50 Shades Star At Footy Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    He may still be chasing the career grand slam in golf but Rory McIlroy has won the bragging rights on the football pitch. His friend, actor Jamie Dornan, challenged him to a match and the video of the golfer's 2-1 victory has gone viral. They agreed to play circular soccer, a new concept in the game, devised by Jamie Dornan's father, medical professor Jim Dornan. More »

  • Rampone, Brian and Solo among those on US World Cup roster
    Rampone, Brian and Solo among those on US World Cup roster Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis thinks her World Cup roster includes a good mix of veterans and newcomers. More »

  • U.S. announce experienced squad for Women's World Cup Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    By Simon Evans (Reuters) - The United States head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23-woman squad for the Women's World Cup featuring 14 members of the 2012 Olympic gold medal winning team. The U.S open their campaign in Winnipeg against Australia on June 8 and official final squad lists do not have to be provided to FIFA until May 25 but Ellis chose to make her selection public before a series of warm-up games. "It has been a thorough process of evaluation and we had a lot of good opportunities to see players in highly competitive situations," said Ellis. ... More »

  • Australia sent on long road to start World Cup qualifying
    Australia sent on long road to start World Cup qualifying Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian Cup champion Australia was drawn into a far-flung qualifying group Tuesday to start a long journey toward the 2018 World Cup in Russia. More »

  • A breakdown of the 2018 World Cup qualifying groups in Asia Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The combined second round qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup took place in Malaysia on Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of Groups E-H. Group E Four-times Asian champions Japan will be delighted with their Group E draw, with the scrap for second an open contest amongst the much weaker four. Singapore have stuttered badly under Bernd Stange, but did beat the Syrians 2-1 at home in Asian Cup qualifying last year and will be confident of beating Cambodia, the joint worst ranked side at 179 in the Asian draw. Afghanistan were 2013 South Asian champions and should battle Singapore for third spot in the group. More »

  • Asia throws up intriguing World Cup qualifiers
    Asia throws up intriguing World Cup qualifiers Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The sheer enormity and rich diversity of Asia offers a bitter-sweet opportunity to the region's World Cup hopefuls. After a revamp of the qualifying procedure, Asia's heavyweight teams now get the benefit of playing against some of the world's weakest national sides, but the road to qualifying can be a tricky and sometimes hazardous adventure. So when the World Cup draw is made, players and officials from all teams all collectively hold their breath, hoping for the easiest path possible to football's greatest extravaganza. On Tuesday, at a plush hotel in the Malaysian capital, the draw was made for the second round of Asian Cup qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia throwing up a fascinating mixture of match-ups. More »