MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have set a world record for the highest attendance at a women's soccer club match, the Spanish league said.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's soccer association announced Saturday that the national women's league will be granted professional status, marking a milestone in a country that is home...
Record crowd expected for women’s game in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A record crowd is expected to attend a women's soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday.
Atletico says no more tickets are available for the Spanish league...
Speaker: Plan to bring back UNM soccer ‘not dead yet’
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf says a plan to bring back men's soccer and other recently cut sports at the University of New Mexico is "not dead yet."
While Serena Williams admittedly doesn't follow soccer, the U.S. women's national team caught her attention with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay.
Women’s World Cup countdown begins in earnest
The Women's World Cup countdown has begun in earnest.
Wednesday marked 100 days until the kickoff of the game's biggest tournament, opening on June 7 in Paris. The 24-team event will be...
NISA given provisional 3rd division sanctioning by USSF
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation has given provisional third division sanctioning to the proposed National Independent Soccer Association.
In soccer-mad Argentina, women fight sexism and inequality
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Almost 90 years after men's soccer turned professional in Argentina, the women's game is still being played by amateur athletes who get little to no money for their work on the field.
Record attendance for women’s soccer match in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A record crowd of 48,121 attended a women's soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in Spain on Wednesday.
Athletic says it was the largest ever attendance for a club-level women's match in Europe. The English Football Association says a crowd of 53,000 watched a game in December 1920 between Dick, Kerr's Ladies and St. Helen's Ladies at Everton's Goodison Park stadium.
Lawmakers want to save university’s soccer, skiing programs
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Key Democratic lawmakers are getting behind an effort to force the University of New Mexico to reinstate men's soccer and other sports slated to be slashed.
A proposal sponsored by House Speaker Brian Egolf and House Appropriations and Finance Committee chairwoman Patricia Lundstrom would set aside $2 million for the school to reinstate the men's and women's skiing teams, beach volleyball and men's soccer programs. Those teams are scheduled to be cut this summer.
Man United women’s game abandoned after Charlton player hurt
LONDON (AP) — A women's soccer game between Manchester United and Charlton was abandoned Sunday after an injury to a player.
Charlton winger Charlotte Kerr was hurt in a collision as United took the lead in the 10th minute of the second-tier FA Women's Championship match.
Charlton said players returned to the locker rooms as Kerr was treated on the field and they waited for an ambulance to arrive with one not already on site at the stadium in Kent, near London.
Davidson goes No. 1 in NWSL draft, will skip senior year
Defender Tierna Davidson, who decided to skip her senior season at Stanford to play professionally in the National Women's Soccer League, went to the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 1 pick in the league's draft Thursday.
Davidson, named U.S. Soccer's Young Player of the Year for her play last season, is also a hopeful for the team that will represent the United States at this year's World Cup in France.
Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women’s soccer
MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future.
Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital.
The president took his time to address most of the concerns brought up by club members, but when asked about when Real Madrid was going to create a women's team, Perez didn't answer.
Maryland wins NCAA men’s soccer title, beating Akron 1-0
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Amar Sejdic scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute and Maryland held off Akron 1-0 on Sunday night to win its fourth NCAA soccer title.
"It's a moment that I've thought of since I came to Maryland. I knew that if the moment came I wanted to be the guy to step up and take it," Sejdic said. "Scoring a goal in a meaningful match like that and celebrating with all the players is something that I'll remember forever."
UEFA signs Visa as women’s soccer sponsor through 2025
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has signed Visa as a sponsor of women's soccer through 2025, giving the European body deals with three payment corporations.
UEFA says the seven-year partnership was possible by "the unbundling by UEFA of sponsorship rights from the men's game."
It means UEFA has three rivals in the payments market — Visa, Mastercard and Alipay — as sponsors.
Nigeria wins Women’s African Cup of Nations
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Nigeria won its 11th title in 13 editions of the Women's African Cup of Nations by beating South Africa in a penalty shootout in the final on Saturday.
The game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and although Nigeria missed its first penalty kick in the shootout, when Onome Ebi hit the post, South Africa missed twice and the Nigerians prevailed 4-3.
South Africa earns first trip to Women’s World Cup
South Africa earned its first trip to the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Mali in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Accra, Ghana.
Forward Thembi Kgatlana, who also plays for the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League, scored in the 31st minute to put South Africa out in front before Lebohang Ramalepe's goal sealed it with 10 minutes left. It was Kgatlana's fifth goal of the tournament.
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2nd-tier United Soccer League recognizes union
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Players in the second tier of U.S. men's soccer leagues have formed a union for collective bargaining.
The United Soccer League said Tuesday its USL Championship clubs have recognized the USL Players Association as their players' exclusive bargaining representative.
USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis says "in many ways, this is simply the next, natural step in the evolution of building a great and enduring professional soccer league."
Women’s soccer: Wait and see approach to FIFA strategy
FIFA's new global strategy to grow the women's game is prompting both praise and skepticism.
Soccer's governing body has been addressing the women's side of the sport in the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal announced this week that focuses on the grassroots level among FIFA's 211 member associations.
US, Canada embark on World Cup qualifying
Crystal Dunn is pragmatic about her shifting roles: Whatever helps get the U.S. women's national team to next year's World Cup in France is fine with her.
Dunn plays midfielder for the North Carolina Courage, which just won the National Women's Soccer League championship after a record-breaking season. On Thursday, she moves to defense when the national team opens the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament with a match against Mexico in Cary, North Carolina.
APNewsBreak: France Football launches Women’s Ballon d’Or
PARIS (AP) — A woman will win the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer for the first time this year.
Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man on Dec. 3 in Paris.
Pascal Ferre, the magazine's editor in chief, told The Associated Press women's soccer has grown so much in recent years it was a logical step to create the new award.
FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France for next year's tournament.
Total prize money will also "significantly increase" from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 tournament, FIFA official Emily Shaw said Thursday at the Women In Sports Law conference.
The total sum will be confirmed by the FIFA Council, which meets Oct. 25-26 in Rwanda, she said.
Tobin Heath’s time is here with World Cup looming
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Less than a year ago, Tobin Heath lamented that being injured was the "worst thing in the whole entire world."
Now healthy, the midfielder for the Portland Thorns and the U.S. national team looks like she's having the time of her life.
UNM regents vote to uphold contested athletics cuts
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Regents at New Mexico's flagship university on Friday voted for a second time to cut men's soccer and other teams, citing longstanding financial challenges within the troubled athletics department and failures by the school to meet federal gender equity mandates under Title IX.
The unanimous vote followed hours of public testimony that included emotional pleas to preserve the soccer team along with men's and women's skiing, beach volleyball and women's diving.
The Latest: UNM regents vote again to cut sports
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on University of New Mexico regents' consideration of athletics cuts (all times local):
University of New Mexico regents have voted again in favor of cutting men's soccer and three other teams in an effort to get spending under control within the school's troubled athletics department.
The cuts also are aimed at meeting federal Title IX requirements for ensuring gender equity.
Complaint: New Mexico violated law in vote to cut sports
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawyer wants a state judge to toss out a University of New Mexico's decision to eliminate four sports, claiming the school violated the state's open meetings law
ZURICH (AP) — Six players from European and French champion Lyon are among 10 candidates to win FIFA's best women's player award.
The Lyon group includes captain Wendie Renard of France, plus Dzsenifer Marozsan and Saki Kumagai, the captains of Germany and Japan.
Three candidates who play in the National Women's Soccer League are United States international Megan Rapinoe, five-time FIFA winner Marta of Brazil, and Australia forward Sam Kerr.
Decision to cut New Mexico men’s soccer spurs anger
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The men's soccer team at the University of New Mexico has had a dozen NCAA tournament appearances and hopefuls from around the world have competed to play for the program.
But regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to cut the program, which has among the highest profiles nationally of Lobos men's sports.
New Mexico regents move forward with cutting sports
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Board of Regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to eliminate four sports teams and make other changes to its troubled athletic department to address persistent budget problems and failures to meet federal gender equity requirements under Title IX.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on University of New Mexico proposal to eliminate sports (all times local):
The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has voted in favor of recommendations to eliminate four sports as the school's troubled athletics department works to control its spending.
New Mexico to eliminate 4 sports to curb spending
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four University of New Mexico sports are facing the chopping block - including the highly regarded men's soccer program - under a series of recommendations made late Wednesday by university president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Eddie Nuñez.
The next senior World Cup is in France, not Qatar
MOSCOW (AP) — The "next" World Cup got plenty of hype in Russia. A massive cube was alight with video images of "Qatar 2022" in Gorky Park, while the ground floor of the high-end shopping mall at Red Square was devoted to displays touting the event.
But apart from a social media campaign, there was little attention on the (actual) next senior World Cup: the women's tournament next year in France.
US finalizes soccer games vs Brazil, England, Italy
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team has finalized exhibitions against Brazil, England and Italy, though it remains uncertain when the Americans' new coach will be in place.
The U.S. will play Brazil on Sept. 7 at East Rutherford, New Jersey, four days before a previously announced match against Mexico at Nashville, Tennessee.
She's already an internationally recognized soccer player with a World Cup title and an Olympic gold medal. She's also the author of a series of kids' books.
Now you can add actor to Alex Morgan's resume.
The U.S. national team forward makes her movie debut in a new feature "Alex & Me" about a young player who is inspired by Morgan. Nickelodeon's Siena Agudong stars alongside Morgan, who plays herself.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on National Soccer Hall of Fame inductees (all times local):
Former U.S. forward Tiffeny Milbrett was surprised by her selection to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Thursday by former teammate Brandi Chastain in Portland, Oregon.
Milbrett, a standout at the University of Portland, played for the national team from 1991-2006, amassing 100 goals in 206 appearances. She played in three World Cups and two Olympics.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The successful coach of the University of New Mexico's men's soccer team lobbied Monday against the possible loss of his program as administrators consider eliminating multiple sports teams to get finances under control within the troubled athletics department.
Coach Jeremy Fishbein told reporters his program was among those being "very seriously" considered for elimination. He and other alumni plan to address the Board of Regents at a meeting Tuesday.
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University had 57 Conference USA Academic Medal recipients and 202 student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll. Academic medal winners had a 3.75 GPA or better during the 2017-18 academic year while honor roll students maintained at least a 3.0 GPA
To hear Becky Sauerbrunn reference the "twilight" of her career is a bit unsettling. It's abundantly clear from watching the 32-year-old defender on the field that she's still at her peak.
But Sauerbrunn is thinking about a legacy as the U.S. national team readies for World Cup qualifying this fall. If the defending champions make the field for women's soccer's premier event in France next year, it will be her third World Cup.
University of Idaho soccer players fight to save program
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — The University of Idaho is facing a budget dilemma that could result in cutting three of its athletic programs.
Vandals soccer captain and senior defender Kelly Dopke, who also is the student-athlete advisory committee president, was in a meeting last Wednesday with President Chuck Staben when she learned the potential for the school to cut the programs: women's soccer, swimming and diving, and men's golf.
Bob Warming has been named the head coach of the Nebraska-Omaha men's soccer.
Former England women's soccer team coach Mark Sampson was being investigated for intimidating a female UEFA official with a metal pole at the 2017 European Championship before he was fired.
A review by The Associated Press of UEFA disciplinary cases uncovered details of the investigation that led to Sampson being banned for three games for "insulting, aggressive and insistent actions," including profane abuse.
US men’s soccer to play Bolivia in Philadelphia suburb
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team will play Bolivia in an exhibition at Chester, Pennsylvania, on May 28, a matchup between nations that failed to qualify for the World Cup.
The match, announced Thursday, comes before the Americans play Ireland in Dublin on June 2 and versus France at Lyon on June 9. The U.S. plans to train in the Philadelphia area for about a week ahead of the Bolivia match on Memorial Day.
U.S. women’s soccer team set for key tournament to shape World Cup lineup
This week the U.S. womens national team takes on Germany, France and England in the SheBelieves Cup, a yearly tournament that includes four of the worlds best teams. After the mens abject failure to qualify for the World Cup, the women are on guard against a failure of their own. This tournament will be key in establishing the team that will go into World Cup qualifying this fall. The U.S. is still the top-ranked team in the world, but head coach Jill Ellis still has some question marks to address, especially on defense.
Fritz Schmid named New Zealand soccer coach
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Switzerland-born Fritz Schmid has been appointed head coach of the New Zealand men's soccer team on a four-year contract.
Schmid, whose previous role was as technical director of the Malaysian Football Association, is a former assistant coach of the Austria national team. He was also an assistant at FC Basel between 2002 and 2009 when it won the Swiss Cup four times and twice qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
New York Red Bulls add Carlo Acquista to scouting department
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The New York Red Bulls have hired Carlo Acquista as an assistant scout.
Sporting Director Denis Hamlett announced the hiring of the Adelphi coach on Thursday.
Acquista spent the last 11 seasons at the helm of Adelphi's men's soccer program. He guided the school to three-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a NCAA Division II quarterfinal in 2016.
Badgers men’s soccer: Chris Mueller, Mark Segbers picked in top 10 of Major League Soccer draft
Two University of Wisconsin men’s soccer players were selected in the top 10 of the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Friday in Philadelphia.
Senior Chris Mueller was selected No. 6 overall by Orlando City SC and senior Mark Segbers was picked at No. 9 by the New England Revolution.
Brian, Sauerbrunn to miss training camp due to injuries
CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Morgan Brian and defender Becky Sauerbrunn will miss the U.S. women's soccer training camp ahead of a Jan. 21 exhibition against Denmark at San Diego.
Brian will remain with Lyon in France following nagging injuries, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday. Sauerbrunn has a stress reaction in her left foot that necessitates several weeks of rest.
Twenty-four players are attending the training camp in the Los Angeles area.
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Pulisic, 19, becomes youngest US men’s soccer player of year
CHICAGO (AP) — Nineteen-year-old Christian Pulisic has become the youngest winner of the U.S. Soccer Federation's Male Player of the Year award.
The USSF said Thursday that Pulisic received 94 percent of the votes. Landon Donovan had been the youngest winner, earning the honor at 21 in 2003.
A midfielder from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Pulisic had six goals and four assists in nine games for the national team this year and was involved in 13 of the 17 American goals in games he played.