International soccer

In this Friday, May 24, 2019, photo, Japan women's soccer team head coach Asako Takakura, center, directs her players during a training session in Narashino, east of Tokyo ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup France. Takakura went to the Women’s World Cup twice as a player and is first woman in charge, a fact she largely dismisses. But some see it as a breakthrough in a country that has few women in corporate board rooms or in the top ranks of government. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 27, 2019 - 4:36 am
NARASHINO, Japan (AP) — Jun Endo turned 19 a few days ago and is headed to her first Women's World Cup. The Japan forward has lots of company. Sixteen others on the 23-player roster are also going for the first time. "I think age doesn't matter when it comes to playing football," Endo said,...
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Members of the United States women's national team which is headed to the FIFA Women's World Cup, gather for fans during a send-off ceremony following an international friendly soccer match against Mexico, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
May 26, 2019 - 5:08 pm
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Fans spelled out the message at the end of the national anthem, unfurling a huge banner behind the goal on the south end of Red Bull Arena: "ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR FOUR" it read, with a large gold star in the center. Ten prep games for the U.S. women's soccer team this year...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2013 file photo, Paris Saint-Germain soccer club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, arrives to speak to the media during a press conference at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. A French judicial official says Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
May 25, 2019 - 2:02 am
GENEVA (AP) — The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading. Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 file photo, France women's soccer head coach Corinne Diacre during a press conference in Paris. With an experienced side featuring seven players from the Lyon side which recently won the Champions League for the fourth straight year, host France will be among the favorites for the Women's World Cup, and this suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 24, 2019 - 6:48 pm
France has an opportunity to translate dominance at the European club level to success on the World Cup stage. With a highly experienced and skilled team, host France will be among the favorites at the women's tournament kicking off next month, and that suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine. She is...
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Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 24, 2019 - 6:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport's top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment. "They have essentially unlimited resources. I don't think that it's really been a huge change at...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2018, file photo, Canada forward Christine Sinclair celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half of a soccer match at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament against Panama in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn, File)
May 24, 2019 - 5:24 pm
While Christine Sinclair edges closer to the all-time international goals record, her team will be chasing a title. Fifth-ranked Canada embarks on its Women's World Cup quest in France with its captain sitting at 181 career goals — four away from breaking former U.S. star Abby Wambach's global...
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United States women's national soccer team members, from left, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe speak to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 24, 2019 - 4:54 pm
The U.S. women's national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up. Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women's World Cup with any number of teams potentially in position to topple the defending champions. Among the...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino smiles during an awarding ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Putin awarded FIFA President Gianni Infantino with the Order of Friendship and praised the World Cup that Russia hosted last year as the best ever. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 1:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — FIFA is restoring the offense of "corruption" to its code of ethics, almost one year after facing criticism over the symbolic removal of the term. The Associated Press has seen a proposal that will be presented to the FIFA Council meeting next month showing section 27 will become "...
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Ada Hegerberg of Lyon celebrates her goal during the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match between Olympique Lyon and FC Barcelona at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 11:34 am
With a no-nonsense look etched on her face, Ada Hegerberg stares straight into the camera and says: "Now it's time for action." It's fitting the Norwegian superstar was chosen as the face of a recently launched campaign aimed at improving the profile and standards in women's soccer. Not just...
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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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