International soccer

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 - 3:15 pm
A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly...
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May 16, 2019 - 11:59 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd left no doubt. She hates her role as a super sub for the U.S. women's national team. "If I liked coming off the bench there would be something wrong," Lloyd said. "That's not my mindset." Lloyd may not like it, but she does it quite well. The 36-year-old Lloyd scored...
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The United States team celebrates after a goal by midfielder Samantha Mewis (3) in the first half of an international friendly soccer match against South Africa in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
May 12, 2019 - 7:57 pm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Samantha Mewis is finding her stride again just in time for her first World Cup. Mewis scored goals in both halves and the U.S. women's national team began its World Cup send-off series with a 3-0 victory over South Africa on Sunday. "Sammy's confidence just grows and...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin listens to reporter's questions during a press conference at the end of the 43rd UEFA congress in Rome. Ceferin told leaders from European leagues not to forget the importance of big clubs in generating cash during a private meeting in which plans were detailed for a closed-off Champions League favoring the elite. A recording and images obtained by The Associated Press from the meeting at the UEFA headquarters on Wednesday, May 8 highlights the schism between clubs and leagues over the ability to influence UEFA as it considers revamping its club competitions starting with the 2024-25 season. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
May 11, 2019 - 1:04 pm
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin countered "negative energy" from critics of any Champions League overhaul that could lock in places by defending the need to be "constantly thinking about improving" European competitions. Leagues across the continent — particularly Spain's La Liga — fear their...
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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 is a Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 file photo of Switzerland's Attorney General Michael Lauber, left and US Attorney General and Loretta Lynch, attend a news conference on soccer related criminal proceedings, in Zurich, Switzerland. Switzerland’s attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case over his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings of alleged financial wrongdoing. The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber says it is examining possible violations of his duties in the FIFA investigation. (Anthony Anex/Keystone, File via AP, File)
May 10, 2019 - 9:59 am
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings for financial wrongdoing. The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 23, 2019, file photo, Macarena Sanchez, a soccer player who is taking legal action against her club and the Argentine soccer association for not recognizing her as a professional player, heads a ball before a mixed soccer match as part of the "I play for equality" event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Players in Latin America face obvious economic and cultural challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo, File)
May 06, 2019 - 5:04 pm
For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean having a playable practice field. Players in Latin America face clear political, cultural and even historical challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle to close gender gaps is entirely...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2019, file photo, United States defender Ali Krieger (11) runs during an international friendly soccer match against Belgium, in Los Angeles. Defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian have been included on the U.S. national team roster for the Women’s World Cup in France. All three were widely considered on the bubble for the 23-player roster announced Thursday, May 2, 2019, by coach Jill Ellis. The United States is the defending champion of soccer’s premier tournament, which starts on June 7. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
May 02, 2019 - 6:40 pm
Experience was a factor in coach Jill Ellis' decision to include defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian on the U.S. team that will seek to defend its title at the Women's World Cup. All three were widely considered to be on the bubble for the 23-player roster for France...
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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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Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham's Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
April 20, 2019 - 11:11 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse for posting about the 24-hour campaign. Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers' Association, which...
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