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Africa elected Ahmad for change – FIFA chief

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday the election of Ahmad Ahmad as Confederation of African Football chief was “a vote for change” after almost 30 years under Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.

Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital this month by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20.

Africa elected Ahmad for change – FIFA chief

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday the election of Ahmad Ahmad as Confederation of African Football chief was “a vote for change” after almost 30 years under Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.

Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital this month by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20.

‘Ball in Israeli court,’ says Palestinian FA chief

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Zurich (AFP) – Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub insisted on Thursday the ball is now in Israel’s court after a meeting at FIFA headquarters to discuss Israeli clubs playing in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians argue that the presence of six Israeli football clubs playing on land containing settlements seen as illegal under international law is in breach of FIFA statutes.

Palestinian, Israeli football officials in ‘heated’ meeting

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Zurich (AFP) – Palestinian and Israeli football officials were involved in “heated” talks Wednesday as FIFA attempted to mediate complaints that Israeli clubs are illegally playing in the occupied West Bank, a source told AFP.

Palestinians argue that the presence of six Israeli football clubs playing on land containing settlements seen as illegal under international law is in breach of FIFA statutes.

Palestinian, Israeli football officials in ‘heated’ meeting

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Zurich (AFP) – Palestinian and Israeli football officials were involved in “heated” talks Wednesday as FIFA attempted to mediate complaints that Israeli clubs are illegally playing in the occupied West Bank, a source told AFP.

Palestinians argue that the presence of six Israeli football clubs playing on land containing settlements seen as illegal under international law is in breach of FIFA statutes.

FIFA museum to remain open despite new cuts – official

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s World Football Museum in Zurich, a landmark project of disgraced former president Sepp Blatter, is not under threat of closure despite a new round of redundancies according to its director.

A total of 36 jobs will be cut at the museum by June in the latest round of redundancies at the Zurich museum which only opened in February last year, but Marc Caprez insisted world football’s governing body would find a way of making it “sustainable”.

FIFA museum to remain open despite new cuts – official

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s World Football Museum in Zurich, a landmark project of disgraced former president Sepp Blatter, is not under threat of closure despite a new round of redundancies according to its director.

A total of 36 jobs will be cut at the museum by June in the latest round of redundancies at the Zurich museum which only opened in February last year, but Marc Caprez insisted world football’s governing body would find a way of making it “sustainable”.

FIFA bars Russia’s Mutko after eligibility test failure

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA has barred Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, chief organiser of the 2018 World Cup, from sitting on the world football’s ruling council after he failed an eligibility test.

Mutko, who has also been accused of involvement in Russia’s sports doping scandal, had been a candidate for a European seat on the FIFA Council to be decided in April.

FIFA bars Russia’s Mutko after eligibility test failure

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA has barred Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, chief organiser of the 2018 World Cup, from sitting on the world football’s ruling council after he failed an eligibility test.

Mutko, who has also been accused of involvement in Russia’s sports doping scandal, had been a candidate for a European seat on the FIFA Council to be decided in April.

Russia’s Mutko ‘barred from FIFA post’

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA has barred Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, chief organiser of the World Cup to be held in his country next year, from sitting on the world body’s ruling council, a source close to FIFA told AFP on Friday.

Mutko, who has also been accused of involvement in Russia’s sports doping scandal, is one of five European candidates for seats on the FIFA Council to be decided in April.

Trump ban could hit World Cup bid: FIFA chief

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London (AFP) – American President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday.

The United States is the favourite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

Trump ban could hit World Cup bid: FIFA chief

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London (AFP) – American President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday.

The United States is the favourite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

FIFA eyes India ‘revolution’ from U-17 World Cup

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New Delhi (AFP) – A top FIFA official believes hosting the Under-17 World Cup has the potential to spark a football revolution in India - and lead to lasting change in the global game.

The run-up to October’s tournament will see a programme called Mission XI Million aim to involve millions of children across the world’s second-most populous nation in trying out the “beautiful game”.

FIFA eyes India ‘revolution’ from U-17 World Cup

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New Delhi (AFP) – A top FIFA official believes hosting the Under-17 World Cup has the potential to spark a football revolution in India - and lead to lasting change in the global game.

The run-up to October’s tournament will see a programme called Mission XI Million aim to involve millions of children across the world’s second-most populous nation in trying out the “beautiful game”.

Rule-makers IFAB to evaluate video assistance for football referees

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London (AFP) – FIFA’s plans to introduce video assistance in time for next year’s World Cup are on the agenda for Friday’s London AGM of rule-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB).

The IFAB will assess various ongoing tests involving video assistant referees (VAR), as well as discussing the possibility of introducing a fourth substitute in games that go to extra time.

Rule-makers IFAB to evaluate video assistance for football referees

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London (AFP) – FIFA’s plans to introduce video assistance in time for next year’s World Cup are on the agenda for Friday’s London AGM of rule-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB).

The IFAB will assess various ongoing tests involving video assistant referees (VAR), as well as discussing the possibility of introducing a fourth substitute in games that go to extra time.

USA down Germany to kick off women’s football SheBelieves Cup

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The United States launched their 2017 season with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday in a duel of FIFA’s top-ranked women’s teams in the SheBelieves Cup women’s tournament.

Lynn Williams scored in the 56th minute to give the United States the victory in the second match of a double-header in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

FIFA chief Infantino promises Africa World Cup dream

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Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.

“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.

FIFA chief Infantino promises Africa World Cup dream

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Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.

“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.

FIFA ban Nigeria’s Adamu for two years

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Zurich (AFP) – Nigeria’s former football official Amos Adamu was on Tuesday banned for two years by world governing body FIFA for ethics violations.

Adamu, a former FIFA executive committee member and West African Football Union president, cannot take part in any “football-related activity at national and international level” for the next two years, FIFA said in a statement.

Former FIFA executive Valcke challenges 10-year ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches.

The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

Former FIFA executive Valcke challenges 10-year ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches.

The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

Smog may force FIFA U-17 World Cup out of Delhi

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New Delhi (AFP) – FIFA could pull Under-17 World Cup matches out of New Delhi because of concerns over air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city, the tournament director said.

Javier Ceppi said that air quality in Delhi was a “serious concern”, particularly after the Hindu Diwali festival which this year falls in October - the month the tournament will be held.

Smog may force U-17 football World Cup out of Delhi

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New Delhi (AFP) – FIFA could pull Under-17 World Cup matches out of New Delhi because of concerns over air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city, the tournament director said.

Javier Ceppi said that air quality in Delhi was a “serious concern”, particularly after the Diwali festival which this year falls in October - the month the tournament will be held.

FIFA boss not worried about hooligans at Russia World Cup

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Doha (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday he did not fear hooligan troubles at the World Cup in Russia next year despite reported threats against foreign fans.

“I am not concerned about trouble in 2018, I have full confidence in the Russian authorities,” Infantino told AFP and a small group of reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Doha.

Wales appeal FIFA poppy mosaic fine

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London (AFP) – The Football Association of Wales will appeal against the fine imposed by FIFA over the displaying of commemorative symbols during a Wales game, the organisation announced on Friday.

The FAW was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,960, 18,750 euros) after a wreath and poppy mosaic were displayed in memory of Britain’s war dead during a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff last November.

United States Men's National Team

Draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup

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FIFA held the draw for the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. The USMNT will play in Group F against Ecuador (May 22 - Incheon Stadium), Senegal (May 25 - Incheon Stadium), and Saudi Arabia (May 28 - Daejeon World Cup Stadium).

"We are proud to have earned a group top seed for the 2017 U-20 World Cup," USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos said.

USMNT falls one spot in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team didn't allow a goal in two recentfriendlies, but it wasn't enough to prevent a slight drop in the latest FIFA rankings

On the heels ofa draw with Serbia and win over Jamaica, the U.S. fell one spot to 29th in the latest FIFA rankings.

U.S. Soccer

Infantino: Travel ban could hurt U.S. 2026 World Cup bid

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino hasn't outright stated the Trump administration's travel ban on Muslim countries would stop the U.S. from winning a 2026 World Cup bid, but the implication of his statements are fairly heavy.

Speaking in London on Thursday, Infantino made clear that a country wishing to host the World Cup must be accessible for all participating nations.

UEFA president: U.S. travel ban would harm potential World Cup bid

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The United States remains a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup but, according to a top FIFA official, a recent political development could have a negative impact on the country's chances of securing the right to house the world's biggest tournament.

UEFA presidentAleksander Ceferin says that U.

Soccer Politics

Year one of Infantino’s FIFA

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Gianni Infantino has a year in as FIFA president with the organization still facing criticism for not doing enough to enact reforms.

UEFA pushes for rank in the expanded World Cup

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UEFA is already positioning itself for spots in the expanded World Cup, looking ahead to 2026 in a way that is only good for Europe.

The Rest

Respect

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Once upon a time on AA we had Rant Friday, well today is Rant Thursday.

Last night's game at Camp Nou may have been exciting and the denouement exceptional but what about the rest of it? And what of our game the night before? My focus here is on Respect.

The cheating exhibited by Suarez, Lewandowski etc is a disgrace.

English teenager to decide which trophies count in Manchester United v Liverpool row, announce FIFA

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FIFA have today announced that, from the start of the 2017/18 season, an English teenager will have the final say on what football achievements are worth celebrating and which are not. Bradley...

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Copa Verde: Brazilian Cup Will Allow Referees To Show Green Cards For Acts Of Fair Play

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As you may recall, a new scheme to reward players for admirable sporting conduct was trialled in Italy's Serie B last year, which ultimately saw Vicenza strikerCristian Galano become football's first official recipient of the'green card'.

As approvedby FIFA, referees can administer the green card for 12 clearly defined "exemplaryacts of virtue", including (but not limited to) admittingto simulation and unseen handballs/fouls, preventing teammates from harassing officials, and generally owning up when incorrect decisions are given.

FIFA 17 Video Game Challenges Human Soccer for Audience Share

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Last night, while channel flipping during the primetime hours, I came across the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series regional final on ESPN2. I found out the promotion with EA Sports has 1.

Is the van Basten plan already over?

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FIFA technical director Marco van Basten's plan for rule changes to soccer wasn't met with a lot of support, but does that make it a bad idea?

Up and down for the best coach in the world

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FIFA's best coach in the world award winner Claudio Ranieri is now facing public speculation that his job might be in danger in the soccer news.

Bayer Leverkusen: Set-Piece Wizard Hakan Calhanoglu Banned For Four Months Over Contract Breach

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Bayer Leverkusen are going to have to do without the services of Hakan Calhanoglu for the rest of the season after the midfielder was handed a four-month ban for breaching his contract.

Specifically, Calhanoglu has beenpunished for breaching a contract he signed with Turkish side Trabzonspor when he was just 17-years old.

Thursday Kickoff: Wenger, Mexico, Subotic and more

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One of the game's top managers is hoping to earn a lenient punishment while Mexico is set to face FIFA on Thursday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted his misconduct charge from the English FA but will request a personal meeting in an effort to earn a more lenient punishment for shoving a fourth official.