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Philadelphia Union

Edu named to PST Team of the Week, expansion announcement today, Dempsey out as US takes on Denmark, more

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Curtin weekly presser today at 12:30 pm. Edu named to ProSoccerTalk's Team of the Week. Minneapolis expansion announcement today. Dempsey injured before USA-Denmark friendly. More.

Meet the team event, 90th Minute returns, more fallout from Dallas loss, Minneapolis expansion announcement, more

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The postponed Meet the Team event takes place tonight, preceded by the return of the 90th Minute Radio Show. More fallout to Saturday's loss. League expected to announce Minneapolis expansion on Wednesday. More.

Recaps and reaction to Union’s loss to Dallas, league wrap, NT’s news, more

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A roundup of of the weekend's news following the Union's home loss to Dallas.

Another snow, Union-Dallas previews, more

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Union's bad luck continues with snowy game day. Union-Dallas previews. Men and Women's World Cup news. More.

More reaction to that call, Chaco named to SI TOW, league could expand beyond 24 teams, more

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Union news. League confirms advanced talks with Minnesota United for next MLS franchise. Garber says league considering expanding beyond 24 teams. More news.

That call, what Blake needs, league results, US qualifies for U-17 WC, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's draw at RSL. League results. US U-17s qualify for WC after PK shootout. More news.

Ready for RSL, Philly Gold Cup, more news

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Union's first road game of 2015 on Saturday. Reaction to Philly Gold Cup final announcement. Much more.

Union set new ratings record, Gaddis named to SI Best XI, USWNT advances to Algarve Cup final, more

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Broadcast of season opener a new ratings high. Gaddis named to SI's Best XI for Week 1. USWNT scoreless draw with Iceland enough to reach Algarve Cup final. More news.

News ahead of season opener, league news, and more

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Snow? Bah. Let's get this party started right now!

Union bits, CBA talks continue, more news

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Union confirm Berry loan, sign Catic. CBA talks continue in Washington DC. More news.

Major League Soccer

MLS should not play through FIFA dates; By Steve Davis

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A lot of us in soccer media have said this already. For years, in fact. But we keep saying it because ... well, because it deserves to be said. Again and again until something changes.

MLS is about to plow through a FIFA fixture window, and every time it happens we mark it down under "bad policy.

MLS should not play through FIFA dates; By Steve Davis

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A lot of us in soccer media have said this already. For years, in fact. But we keep saying it because ... well, because it deserves to be said. Again and again until something changes.

MLS is about to plow through a FIFA fixture window, and every time it happens we mark it down under "bad policy.

Champions League

Soccer vs the away goals rule

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The away goals rule has high profile critics, but it solves a problem that will always exist with two-leg series. Read More

Soccer News: The Champions League quarterfinals

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Friday's soccer news has the draw for the quarterfinal round of the 2014-15 Champions League and issues for both Manchester clubs. Read More

Soccer News: Blatter says no thanks to debate

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter makes the obvious choice when it comes to a public presidential debate in Thursday's soccer news update. Read More

World Cup

FIFA’s Overpowering Control

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Today in class we discussed how FIFA, as a governing body where regular fans don't really have any say in it (we can't vote, for example), seems to control everything regarding the world of soccer. When discussing the 2022 Qatar World Cup, it looks likeFIFA is forcing leagues to work around whichever schedule they decide for the tournament winter or summer.

FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final

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FIFAhasdisclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Winter, with the Final coming on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day.

The reasoning for such an unprecedented move from the traditional Summer schedule to a Winter one is essentially focused on the climate in Qatar.

FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final

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FIFAhasdisclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Winter, with the Final coming on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day.

The reasoning for such an unprecedented move from the traditional Summer schedule to a Winter one is essentially focused on the climate in Qatar.

CONCACAF U-17 Championship: USMNT 0 – Jamaica 0 (5-4 pen)

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The USMNT advanced on penalties over Jamaica to take one of the four CONCACAF qualifying spots in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Read More

Officially The ‘Worst Team In The World’, Bhutan Play First Ever World Cup Qualifying Game…And Win!

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By Chris Wright

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Despite being ranked as the 209th best international side in a field of 209 sides, Bhutan recordeda remarkable shock win to get their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign off to a flyer!

Having only joined FIFA in 2000, Bhutan are currently officially rankedthe worst team in the world yet still managed to battle their way to a 1-0 victory over Sri Lanka who are perched a lofty 36 rungs higher on FIFA's ranking ladder in their first ever World Cup qualifying fixture in Colombo on Thursday.

Soccer News: Selling soccer at Yankee Stadium

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NYCFC is selling the 400 level at Yankee Stadium, meaning another chance for a full stadium this weekend in MLS. Read More

FIFA’s reluctance to rectify construction working conditions ahead of Qatar 2022 is disgraceful

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FIFA's recent announcement that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November/December just undermines what everyone who lives outside of FIFA headquarters knows – that the World Cup never should have been awarded to Qatar in the first place. At this point, the apparent corruption, miscalculations, lack of commonsense judgment, and all-around bloated, cartoonish villainy surrounding FIFA and its Qatar World Cup is so ridiculous that it hardly matters anymore what time of year the tournament takes place.

FIFA’s reluctance to rectify construction working conditions ahead of Qatar 2022 is disgraceful

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FIFA's recent announcement that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November/December just undermines what everyone who lives outside of FIFA headquarters knows – that the World Cup never should have been awarded to Qatar in the first place. At this point, the apparent corruption, miscalculations, lack of commonsense judgment, and all-around bloated, cartoonish villainy surrounding FIFA and its Qatar World Cup is so ridiculous that it hardly matters anymore what time of year the tournament takes place.

No Confederations Cup for Qatar in 2021

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On the heels of the news that the 2022 Men's World Cup in Qatar will be held in the winter, FIFA yesterday announced that Qatar has lost its hosting privileges for the 2021 Confederations Cup. The reason: because summers in Qatar reach an averageof 100ºF (38ºC). This fact is something the entire world has known for YEARS, is the main reason for the 2022World Cup'sswitch to November, and is one of the main reasons the general soccer community was against having the World Cup in Qatar at all (that and the whole "slave laborers"thing).

Soccer News: Red Bulls vs Cosmos

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The Red Bulls get a reminder of the competition in the New York market with the Cosmos doing some advertising in Thursday's soccer news. Read More

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

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FIFA's pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the move of the World Cup will have on three different club seasons.

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

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FIFA's pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the move of the World Cup will have on three different club seasons.

Does world soccer really need FIFA?

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FIFA made a World Cup decision that now has the European leagues and clubs once again questioning the organization's decisions. Read More

Soccer News: Sky Sports and MLS

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Wednesday's soccer news has MLS getting a TV deal in the UK and more responses to the 2022 FIFA World Cup starting in November. Read More

Concerns about switching World Cup 2022 to winter are overblown

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I don't like the idea of a World Cup in Qatar any more than ... well, any more than about 99 percent of the globe's soccer fans, as far as I can tell.

This apparent shift to a winter event is a tourniquet that stops the bleeding on one wound opened by FIFA's controversial choice; at least we won't remember the 2022 World Cup as the one where some poor player actually bursts into flames on the field.

Asia

It just gets better and better.

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That was sarcasm. There is no shortage of reasons to cringe over World Cup 2022, unfathomably still set to take place in Qatar. Seriously, what will it take for UEFA to stand up like a big boy and say no to FIFA? Because that is exactly what it will take to change things for the proper.- Greg Seltzer

Todas las selecciones del mundo - All national teams in the world

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Todas las selecciones del mundo - All national teams in the world

Toutes les sélections dans le monde - Tutte le nazionali del mondo

Alle nationalen Teams der Welt - Все сборные в мире

Todas as seleções do mundo - 世界中のあらゆる代表チー

Alla landslag i världen - 所有的国家队世界

جميع المنتخبات الوطنية في العالم - Dünyadaki tüm milli takımlar

Բոլոր հավաքականները աշխարհում - Alle nationale teams in de wereld

כל הבחרות הלאומיות בעולם - Wszystkie drużyny narodowe świata

Όλες οι εθνικές ομάδες στον κόσμο - oate echipele naționale din lume

ทั้งหมดทีมชาติในโลก - Minden nemzeti csapat a világon

세계의 모 국가 대표팀 - Všechny národní týmy na světě

تمام تیم های ملی در جهان - Timu zote kitaifa katika dunia

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The Rest

Switching Nationalities

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Amidst the controversy that surrounds FIFAs decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the winter, I've been thinking quite a bit about some of FIFAs policies. In particular FIFA's nationality policies became of particular interest to me.

Article 7 of the FIFA Statutes (the Regulations Governing the Application of Statutes) is quite relevant in this case.

Soccer News: Avaya Stadium opens

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The San Jose Earthquakes' new stadium and Jurgen Klinsmann's roster highlight the Monday soccer news. Read More

The founding of the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association

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A look at the founding of the EPSA, originally known as the Foot Ball Association of Eastern Pennsylvania and District, in April, 1913, six days after the founding of the United States of America Football Association, known today as the US Soccer Federation.

Fifa World Rankings March 2015

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Fifa's World Rankings for March 2015 2014 were published on Thursday at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

2014 world cup champions Germany remain at the top of the Fifa rankings followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, France, Uruguay and Italy.

Football bits

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DAVE MACKAY DIES, IFAB HONOURS PK INVENTOR AND PARMA ON THEIR LAST LEGS
* Tottenham legend Dave MacKay has died aged 80. The Scottish midfielder epitomised the midfield enforcer in British football in the 1960s, forming a flowering partnership with Spurs' elegant skipper Danny Blanchflower.

FIFA STREET

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When video games such as Madden and NBA established themselves as clear popular favorites in the sales charts for the United States, the EA Sports Brand decided to take it out on the street. With the introduction of NFL and NBA Street, these games not only revolutionized the culture of the video game industry, but it transformed the sports industry.

Linc Gold Cup final announcement expected, Union take on Crew, Berry loan report, more

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Linc expected to be announced as host of Gold Cup final. Union face Crew. Reports says Austin Berry headed to South Korea. League news. 2022 WC fallout. More.