International soccer

March 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in...
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General Secretary of the Argentina's Footballers' Union (FAA) Sergio Marchi holds up the contract to implement a plan to professionalize women's soccer during a preseason conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, March 16, 2019. Almost 90 years after men's soccer turned professional in Argentina, the women's game is still being played by amateur athletes who get little to no money for their work on the field. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo)
March 16, 2019 - 5:44 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's soccer association announced Saturday that the national women's league will be granted professional status, marking a milestone in a country that is home to Lionel Messi and some of the world's greatest players but still views soccer as largely a men's...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, the United States Women’s National Team celebrates with the trophy after they defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. People with knowledge of FIFA’s finances told The Associated Press that in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, FIFA’s reserves soared to $2.74 billion and revenue rose to $6.4 billion, but it also underscores the glaring disparity between men and women’s soccer. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
March 16, 2019 - 10:15 am
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA has agreed to make public its vote on the host for the 2023 Women's World Cup. The organization's decision-making body wants to be more transparent after concerns were raised last month that the women's tournament wouldn't fully follow the new voting process for the men's World...
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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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FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after a 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 - 4:37 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Video review has been approved for the Women's World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7 in France. The Video Assistant Referee system made its debut at the men's tournament in Russia last year and was approved Friday for use at the women's tournament. Of the 455 incidents checked by...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds the official ball of the upcoming Women’s Soccer World Championship as he poses for photographers during a press conference at the end of an executive committee meeting in Rome. FIFA's financial results underscore the glaring disparity between men and women’s soccer. “We need to try to find what is the most balanced way and I think we made a step and there will be many more steps going ahead,” Infantino said in October before his ruling council approved the 2019 Women’s World Cup prize scale. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
March 15, 2019 - 3:25 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local): ___ 3:20 p.m. The European members attending the FIFA Council voted against introducing a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and clubs are refusing to participate. The seven dissenting voices Friday could not stop FIFA President...
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Atlanta United midfielder Jeff Larentowicz tries to head the ball into the net on a corner kick with Monterrey defender Johan Vasquez blocking the shot during the second half in a CONCACAF Champions League soccer quarterfinal Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Atlanta. Atlanta United won the match 1-0 but Monterrey won on aggregate. Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
March 14, 2019 - 4:03 am
ATLANTA (AP) — When the final whistle blew, Atlanta United half-heatedly celebrated a moral victory. That's all they had. The reigning MLS Cup winners were bounced out of the CONCACAF Champions League by Monterrey on Wednesday night, leaving only one U.S.-based team in a tournament that seems...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Club World Cup at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday March 15, 2019, to approve a pilot of an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. A revamp of the current annual December seven-team competition is being pursued by FIFA President Gianni Infantino despite ongoing opposition from Europe, with the long-term vision of the bigger Club World Cup being staged every four years. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
March 13, 2019 - 5:35 pm
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021 featuring eight European participants, but plans for a worldwide Nations League are on hold, The Associated Press has learned. An overhaul of the current...
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ronaldo scored the three goals in Juventus 3-0 win.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 13, 2019 - 1:24 pm
TURIN, Italy (AP) — If you can't beat him, buy him. The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off it. Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, giving the Italian team the...
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Sara Pulecio, who played for Colombia's soccer club La Equidad, controls the ball during a soccer clinic for professional female players in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, March 8, 2019. Pulecio has represented Colombia in five international tournaments but has barely trained since the season ended last May and could be out of a job altogether this year, as soccer officials contemplate cancelling the local women's' league, due to its poor economic performance. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
March 12, 2019 - 4:43 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a recent weeknight, Sara Pulecio dribbled a soccer ball gracefully through a set of orange cones, and jumped repeatedly over small obstacles placed by coaches along a field, to develop more strength in her legs. The soccer clinic, organized by a global sports apparel...
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