Players in Any ‘Breakaway’ League Would Be Barred From World Cup, FIFA Says

Posted by - November 7, 2018

LONDON — Imagine a World Cup without Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. In other words, soccer’s premier tournament shorn of its biggest stars. Such an unthinkable idea is being openly discussed among the sport’s highest authorities, according to leaks of behind-the-scenes discussions involving some of soccer’s leading clubs. The discussions have included

U.S. Routs Trinidad and Tobago to Reach Semifinals of World Cup Qualifying

Posted by - October 21, 2018

CARY, N.C. — Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago, 7-0, on Wednesday night in the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. Tobin Heath added a goal and two assists for the U.S., the world’s No. 1-ranked team, which advanced to the Concacaf Women’s Championship

United States Qualifies for World Cup With Rout of Jamaica

Posted by - October 20, 2018

FRISCO, Tex. — Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half, and the United States earned a spot in the Women’s World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the Concacaf qualifying tournament. Heath’s first came within the first two minutes of the match,

England cricketer Tom Curran not looking past Sri Lanka as World Cup looms

Posted by - October 9, 2018

England seamer Tom Curran refuses to be distracted by next year’s World Cup ahead of the upcoming ODI series in Sri Lanka. Curran broke into England’s one-day side last winter before a series of injuries forced him to miss most of the white-ball summer. Curran was a regular for England last winter Back in the

Carli Lloyd Scores Three Goals as U.S. Takes Aim at World Cup

Posted by - October 8, 2018

CARY, N.C. — The United States used a radically different lineup but had another dominating result. Carli Lloyd scored three goals to fuel a 5-0 victory over Panama on Sunday in the group stage of the Concacaf World Cup qualifying tournament. Christen Press added a goal and two assists for the Americans, who led by

U.S. Women Enter as Favorite in World Cup Qualifying Tournament

Posted by - October 4, 2018

The United States is the defending Women’s World Cup champion and the No. 1-ranked team in the world. But it is not guaranteed a place in next year’s Cup, and though the scenario is unlikely, it could theoretically be eliminated from the tournament months before it begins if things go badly in a regional qualifying