2018 FIFA World Cup

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 06, 2019 - 7:25 pm
LONDON (AP) — When world soccer executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that $753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3...
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United States defender Sebastian Lletget (17) scores a goal over Costa Rica defender Waylon Francis (12) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
February 02, 2019 - 6:33 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sebastian Lletget headed the ball down and the emotions overtook him as soon as the ball went into the net. In the same stadium where he scored his first international goal before a devastating foot injury he feared might have ended his career, Lletget delivered a much...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017 file photo, Russia's deputy prime minister in charge of sport, tourism and youth policies Vitaly Mutko attends a news conference after the Russia 2018 LOC Board meeting with FIFA participation in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, resigned Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018, as president of the Russian Football Union. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
December 19, 2018 - 8:11 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union. The RFU says Mutko stepped down during Wednesday's executive committee meeting. Russian soccer...
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France coach Corinne Diacre stands next to the World Cup trophy during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 1:39 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:30 p.m. France coach Corinne Diacre is urging her players not to let the pressure of playing at home get to them. The French have been drawn in Group A with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria. They open at Parc des...
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United States' Carli Lloyd waves as she stands by the World Cup trophy, during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 1:35 pm
PARIS (AP) — The defending champion United States is again placed in a group with Sweden for the Women's World Cup next summer in France. Host France will open the tournament on June 7 with a match against South Korea in Paris. The draw for soccer's premier tournament was held Saturday at a gala...
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Gregg Berhalter, the recently-named head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, speak at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 04, 2018 - 11:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter says he inherits a U.S. soccer team "with potential," one that needs "direction" and "development" after missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1980s. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, was...
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Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates with the Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 03, 2018 - 3:53 pm
PARIS (AP) — Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or award for the first time on Monday, ending the 10-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July. He was voted player of the tournament. "As a...
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FILE - This Nov. 11, 2018, file photo shows Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter before a soccer game against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J. Berhalter has been hired to coach the U.S. men’s national team, making him the first person to run the team after playing for the Americans at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
December 02, 2018 - 12:01 pm
Gregg Berhalter was hired Sunday to coach the U.S. men's national team, making him the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, represents a generational change for an...
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Germany coach Joachim Loew arrives for the the UEFA Euro 2020 European soccer championship qualifying draw at the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
December 02, 2018 - 6:34 am
DUBLIN (AP) — Germany will face the Netherlands in a challenging qualifying group for the 2020 European Championship in a swift reunion between the sides after meeting in the UEFA Nations League. Only one point was collected from two matches against the Netherlands as Germany was relegated from the...
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Everton's Lucas Digne, left, jumps for the ball with Everton's Richarlison, second left, and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
November 21, 2018 - 12:18 pm
LONDON (AP) — Just like the politicians, English soccer is divided by Brexit. With four months until Britain withdraws from the European Union and no consensus over the terms of the split from the bloc, there is also uncertainty about the players Premier League clubs will be able to recruit. With...
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