Women's soccer

Chelsea's Samantha Kerr warms up ahead of the FA Women's Super League match against Reading at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, London, Sunday Jan. 5, 2020. (Tess Derry/PA via AP)
January 05, 2020 - 9:48 am
LONDON (AP) — Sam Kerr failed to score on her debut for Chelsea in the Women’s Super League but the Australia star certainly made her presence felt on Sunday. One of the game’s most prolific scorers, Kerr missed two great chances - the first inside the opening 90 seconds and another in the second...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 photo, Sudanese al-Difaa, in yellow, and al-Sumood women teams play in Omdurman, Khartoum's twin city, Sudan. The women's soccer league has become a field of contention as Sudan grapples with the transition from three decades of authoritarian rule that espoused a strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law. (AP Photo)
January 04, 2020 - 10:59 am
OMDURMAN, Sudan (AP) — All her life, Elham Balatone wanted to play soccer — like her brothers, like the boys on her street. But in the Sudan where she grew up, women could be flogged for wearing pants, let alone soccer shorts. She heard all the reasons why she had to give up her dream. It’s a...
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Vote count on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.;
January 03, 2020 - 2:25 pm
For many reasons, 2019 was historic. The U.S. House impeached the president for the third time in history. The most diverse slate of Democrats ever vied to be their party's nominee for the White House. Britain pushed to extricate itself from the European Union three years after voters chose to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. From the moment two officials watched a Los Angeles Rams defender slam into a New Orleans receiver well before the ball arrived and failed to throw a flag for pass interference that was obvious to tens of millions of fans watching at home, officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 01, 2020 - 1:09 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the moment two officials failed to throw a flag for obvious pass interference on a play that helped decide the NFC championship — stunning the players, coaches and millions of fans — officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. No matter the sport, fans and...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, Team Giannis' Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, celebrates a basket against Team LeBron during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
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December 31, 2019 - 11:18 am
Thousands of pro games, hundreds of thousands of college games, millions of high school games and billions of youth-league, rec-league, bar-league and whatever other sort of league games you can think of were contested in 2019. That means there were probably trillions of plays. Of those, we’re...
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United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 20, 2019 - 8:26 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Women's World Cup could be staged every two years, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Friday. The competition is currently held every four years, with the Americans lifting the trophy in 2015 and again this July in France. Infantino said he is keen on a proposal from the...
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Jean-Michel Aulas, center, owner and president of the French soccer team Olympique Lyonnais, speaks as Bill Predmore, right, former owner of the National Women's Soccer League Reign FC team, and OL Groupe's Gerard Houllier, left, look on, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at a news conference in Tacoma, Wash. OL Groupe, the parent company of Olympique Lyonnais, is buying Reign FC, of the in a transaction expected to close in January 2020. Reign FC will continue to play its home games at Cheney Stadium, the venue it shares with the Triple-A minor league baseball team the Tacoma Rainiers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 19, 2019 - 7:01 pm
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League has been acquired by the OL Groupe, the parent company of French powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais. The French group will hold an 89.5% operating stake in the club when the sale closes, which is expected in January. Current Reign FC...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Olympic torches of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed during a press conference in Tokyo. Members of the Japanese soccer team that won the Women's World Cup in 2011 will be the first to carry the torch for the Tokyo Olympics when the relay opens on March 26, 2020. Organizers made the announcement on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 but did not say which player - or players - would be the first to carry the torch. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
December 17, 2019 - 2:15 am
TOKYO (AP) — Members of the Japan soccer team that won the Women's World Cup in 2011 will be the first to carry the torch for the Tokyo Olympics when the relay opens its Japanese leg on March 26, 2020. The relay is to begin in J-Village in Fukushima prefecture, located about 250 kilometers (150...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States players hold the trophy as they celebrate winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
December 13, 2019 - 2:05 pm
FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, United States defender Julie Ertz (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against New Zealand during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Commerce City, Colo. Ertz has been named the U.S. Soccer women's Player of the Year on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, for the second time. Ertz also won the award in 2017 and she won the federation's Young Player of the Year honors in 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
December 13, 2019 - 12:41 pm
Julie Ertz was named the U.S. Soccer women's Player of the Year on Friday for the second time. Ertz, a versatile midfielder who also won the award in 2017, was on the U.S. teams that won World Cup championships in 2015 and again this summer in France. Ertz, who played a more defensive role in 2015...
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