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

FIFA, Hacked Again, Braces for New Revelations

Posted by - October 31, 2018

LONDON — FIFA acknowledged this week that its computer systems were hacked earlier this year for the second time, and officials from European soccer’s governing body fear they also might have suffered a data breach. The hack on FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, occurred in March and is not thought to be connected to a

FIFA Averts ‘Institutional Crisis’ by Delaying Major Vote

Posted by - October 27, 2018

KIGALI, Rwanda — Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, backed down on Friday from plans to hold a vote on the creation of two new competitions that would have meant profound changes for global soccer after he was told that they would lead to an “institutional crisis” for the sport. The last-minute about-face came after

FIFA Says Saudi State Funds Won’t Pay for New Tournaments

Posted by - October 25, 2018

KIGALI, Rwanda — FIFA moved to quell months of speculation that Saudi Arabia would invest billions in two new soccer tournaments by writing to its board to say that any possible deal will not include cash from state-owned investment funds. The claim is detailed in a lengthy document sent to members of FIFA’s governing council

FIFA and UEFA Headed to Showdown Over Plan for New Tournaments

Posted by - October 24, 2018

LONDON — Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, is pressing forward with a plan for two new global tournaments that could reshape soccer’s international calendar, putting it on the agenda for a meeting of the sport’s leaders this week. But one of the organization’s most powerful stakeholders is not happy about it, and is threatening

Kylian Mbappe, Alexandre Lacazette and Ross Barkley feature in FIFA Team of the Week

Posted by - October 10, 2018

FIFA NEWS The trio all received upgrades after putting in fantastic performances for their sides French duo Kylian Mbappe and Alexandre Lacazette have been rewarded for their performances by being including in the FIFA Team of the Week. Chelsea’s Ross Barkley also features after scoring and assisting against Southampton on Sunday. Lacazette, Mbappe and Barkley

FIFA Report Details Plan to Remake Soccer’s Transfer Market

Posted by - September 13, 2018

Any proposals, even if they are accepted by FIFA’s board, are unlikely to be adopted soon. The report predicts that it will take as long as two years for the clearinghouse to be set up, and there is no timetable to conclude talks on measures to limit transfer fees. Changes that may be adopted as