FIFA

  • EPFL would back legal action over 2022 World Cup dates 6 days ago

    Barcelona: The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) association would back legal action against FIFA over the scheduling of the 2022 World Cup, EPFL chairman Frederic Thiriez said on Saturday. FIFA ended more than four years of uncertainty over the timing of the 2022 tournament in Qatar by announcing on Thursday that...
  • Pele backs Sepp Blatter's bid for re-election as FIFA president 6 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Football legend Pele has lent his support to the re-election bid of FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Blatter, 79, will vie for a fifth four-year term in charge of football's governing body at an election on May 29, reports Xinhua. "I'm going to be clear. I support Sepp Blatter because...
  • FIFA to pay clubs $209 million in World Cup compensation 1 week ago

    Zurich: FIFA will pay $209 million to clubs releasing players for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the same sum again for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, nearly three times the amount distributed in 2014. "A total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the...
  • France to host 2019 women's football World Cup March 19, 2015

    France will host the 2019 women's World Cup and the Under-20 women's tournament in 2018 after beating off competition from South Korea for the hosting rights, FIFA said on Thursday. Five countries had originally declared an interest in staging the events but England, New Zealand and South Africa fell by the...
  • FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be on December 18 March 19, 2015

    The final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18, the country's national holiday. FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio confirmed the date on Thursday, but did not say when the tournament would start. He says the governing body's executive committee prefers a 28-day tournament -...
  • Pakistan 2018 FIFA World Cup tie switched from Lahore to Bahrain March 18, 2015

    Pakistan's World Cup qualifier at home to Yemen is to be played on neutral territory in Bahrain after 16 people died and dozens were injured in Sunday's suicide bombings at two churches in Lahore. Soccer's governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday that the Asian zone first round second...
  • India advance in 2018 World Cup qualifiers after 0-0 draw against Nepal March 17, 2015

    Kathmandu: India on Tuesday held a dominant Nepal to a goal-less draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one second leg match to advance to the second round on 2-0 aggregate. India, who had beaten Nepal 2-0 in Guwahati on March 12 in first leg, were clearly the...
  • FIFA WC qualifiers: Confident India ready for hosts Nepal March 16, 2015

    Kathmandu: A confident Indian football team will look to get the better of Nepal one more time as it faces the Himalayan nation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup second leg preliminary qualifying game (round 1) on Monday. India won the home leg 2-0 with goals from...
  • Change at top of FIFA is 'important' for football, says Michel Platini March 16, 2015

    Nyon: UEFA President Michel Platini says change at FIFA is "important for football." Platini, a FIFA vice president, says it needs "new ideas, a new program" as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29. UEFA supports all three Blatter opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo...
  • Sunil Chhetri scores twice as India beat Nepal in World Cup qualifiers March 12, 2015

    Guwahati: Star striker Sunil Chhetri struck twice in the second half as India notched up a 2-0 win over Nepal in a dominating display in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one on Thursday. Today's win at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai ...
  • Spain out of top 10 in FIFA rankings for 1st time since 2007 March 12, 2015

    Barcelona: Spain's fall from the top of the soccer rankings took an even more humbling turn on Thursday when the team dropped out of the top 10. The Spanish spent almost six full years at No. 1, winning the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. But the...
  • Indian football team slumps to another historical low ranking March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian football team's slide to historical low positions in the FIFA rankings continued as it slipped two places to be at 173rd, the worst ever, in the latest chart released on Thursday. The Indian team, which played just two international matches (one loss and one draw) last year,...
  • Stephen Constantine announces 32-member probables for World Cup qualifier February 25, 2015

    New Delhi: National football coach Stephen Constantine today announced the list of 32 probables for India's forthcoming home and away matches for the preliminary joint qualification round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Nepal. The matches would be played on a home and away format and India first host...
  • Clubs to get no compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup : FIFA February 25, 2015

    Soccer clubs will not be offered compensation for losing players to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke told reporters on Wednesday. The proposed dates for the event, over November and December, are set to be ratified by FIFA next month. They would cause a disruption...
  • Sunil Chhetri not automatic choice for captaincy: Stephen Constantine February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Set to begin his second stint as Indian football head coach with a match against Nepal next month, Stephen Constantine on Tuesday said that he is yet to decide on who will captain the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. India play Nepal on March...
  • FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022 February 24, 2015

    Doha: The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA...
  • Luis Figo proposes expanded World Cup, spreading more FIFA cash February 19, 2015

    London: Luis Figo says he would consider expanding the World Cup if he is elected FIFA president in May. Figo says the 32-team World Cup could be expanded to 40 teams or FIFA could stage two 24-team tournaments simultaneously on two continents followed by a knockout phase in one nation. The former...
  • David Beckham welcomes Luis Figo's FIFA presidential bid February 17, 2015

    London: David Beckham has welcomed former Real Madrid teammate Luis Figo's bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, saying FIFA needs candidates "passionate about the game." Figo is the only former player standing in May's election, which also features FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Dutch football association chairman Michael van...
  • Government puts weight behind AIFF for hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup February 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Government of India on Thursday pledged full support to All India Football Federation (AIFF) for hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and also urged the private sector to help in strengthening the existing football base in the country. At FICCI's 'Goal 2015', the 3rd International Convention...
  • Ivory Coast, Australia leap up FIFA rankings February 12, 2015

    Zurich: Ivory Coast and Australia both leapt up the FIFA rankings after winning the African Nations Cup and Asian Cup respectively, while tiny Equatorial Guinea moved into the top 50 for the first time. Equatorial Guinea, who hosted the Nations Cup, leapt 69 places and are joint 49th with Congo after...
  • Sepp Blatter, 3 rivals approved as FIFA presidential candidates February 9, 2015

    Zurich: The FIFA presidential election will officially be a four-candidate campaign. FIFA says its election oversight panel validated the proposed candidacies of four-term president Sepp Blatter and his three rivals. They are: Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, former Portugal great Luis Figo and FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of...
  • India to play FIFA World Cup qualifiers Round 1 in Guwahati February 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian senior national football team will play their home match of the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai in Guwahati. The Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 will be played on...
  • West Ham fined by FIFA for using Sakho in FA Cup match February 4, 2015

    West Ham United have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,061) by FIFA following a dispute with the Senegalese FA over Diafra Sakho who played in an FA Cup match having withdrawn from the squad for the African Nations Cup. West Ham claimed Sakho, who was issued with a reprimand, could not...
  • FIFA elections: FIFA confirm four candidates to stand for president February 3, 2015

    FIFA confirmed that incumbent Sepp Blatter, Luis Figo, Michael van Praag and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan have bid to stand for president. ...
  • FIFA confirm four candidates to stand for president February 2, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA have confirmed that incumbent Sepp Blatter, former Portugal forward Luis Figo, Dutch FA president Michael van Praag and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan have bid to stand for president. Soccer's governing body said in a statement that the four would be subject to integrity checks carried out by...
  • Jerome Champagne out of FIFA presidential race February 2, 2015

    Berne: FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his bid, saying that national associations feared "reprisals" if they supported him. Champagne, needing the backing of five national associations for his bid, said in a statement that he had won the backing...
  • FIFA chief Sepp Blatter booed at Asian Cup final January 31, 2015

    Sydney: FIFA chief Sepp Blatter often talks about being the head of the "football family" but if the boos that greeted his appearance at the Asian Cup final on Saturday are anything to go by, he is not too popular with his Australian cousins. The Swiss, who is expected to win...
  • David Ginola withdraws FIFA presidency bid January 30, 2015

    Former France winger David Ginola has abandoned his bid to stand in the FIFA presidential elections after failing to secure the five FA nominations needed, he said on Friday. The 48-year-old launched his surprise attempt to oust Sepp Blatter as head of world soccer's ruling body under the slogan "Rebooting Football"...
  • Sepp Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees January 29, 2015

    Geneva: Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win. Blatter published a low-key message on Twitter confirming an expected bid to extend his scandal-scarred, 17-year leadership of football's wealthy governing body by four more years. "Today is a...
  • Sepp Blatter confirms he has submitted re-election bid January 29, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that he had submitted his bid to run for re-election on Thursday, the deadline day for nominations to be handed in. "Today is a key date in the electoral calendar. I've made my submission, now the electoral committee follow a process," the 78-year-old said on...