FIFA World Cup

People watch the inauguration ceremony, Thursday, May 16, 2019, of the Al Wakrah stadium, which is the first stadium has been built from the scratch for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
May 22, 2019 - 3:46 pm
FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the...
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United States under-20 men's national team soccer coach Tab Ramos speaks with reporters in New York on Friday, May 10, 2019. Ramos, who played for the U.S. at three World Cups, will be coaching the Americans at the Under-20 World Cup for the fourth straight tournament. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)
May 10, 2019 - 2:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Weah will be with the U.S. at the Under-20 World Cup in Poland rather than with the full national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of his lack of playing time in Scotland with Celtic. Weah and midfielder Alex Mendez headed Under-20 coach Tab Ramos' 21-man roster announced...
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FILE - This Sept. 25, 2015 file photo shows the FIFA logo outside FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA will hold talks with human rights groups about issues associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
April 27, 2019 - 8:24 am
FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision. FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 14, 2019 - 3:59 pm
FIFA President Gianni Infantino held talks in Kuwait on Sunday about the country staging 2022 World Cup matches as he pushes to enlarge the Qatar tournament from 32 to 48 teams. After meeting with the emir of Kuwait and soccer officials, Infantino flew to Qatar to see Qatari leaders on Monday about...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino, left, on stage speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 06, 2019 - 5:18 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — On a big day for Qatar at the Asian soccer elections, the 2022 World Cup host regained a seat on FIFA's ruling committee and saw defeats for candidates from its regional rivals which are boycotting Doha and want the tournament shared with other Middle East countries...
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Germany's Nico Schulz, fourth from left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's third goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
March 24, 2019 - 7:45 pm
Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago. After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned the...
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A kick by United States forward Gyasi Zardes (9) gets past Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez (22) for a score during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 22, 2019 - 1:04 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter's vision for the U.S. national team started to unfold as the Americans passed the ball from side to side, played diagonal balls long and short. Possession is his key to success. The style was more pleasing. But the only goal of night was pretty weird. Gyasi...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, United States head coach Gregg Berhalter instructs players during a soccer training camp in Chula Vista, Calif. Berhalter prepares for U.S. national team matches like a business executive getting ready for a deal, using video presentations when he meets with foreign-based players via computer. He has also tripled the team's data analysts to three. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
March 20, 2019 - 7:17 pm
DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter prepares for U.S. national team matches like a CEO getting ready for a deal. The new American coach uses video presentations when he meets with foreign-based players via computer. He has tripled the team's data analysts to three. Two white boards are on the...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
March 15, 2019 - 9:01 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Concerned by political and logistical impediments, FIFA will face resistance in Qatar to attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf, people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2017, file photo, United States' Omar Gonzalez moves across the field to speak with members of the media at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Gonzalez and Tim Ream are back with the U.S. national team for the first time since 2017, and new coach Gregg Berhalter, US Soccer announced Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
March 12, 2019 - 2:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream, a pair of 30-plus defenders, are on U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter's first roster with his full player pool. Teen forwards Tim Weah and Josh Sargent are not. "I value veteran leadership," Berhalter said Tuesday after announcing his 24-man group. "I value the...
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