PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappé signed a new three-year contract to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after one of soccer’s most-coveted players turned down the chance again to join Real Madrid, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.
The U.S. women's national team has not only been wildly successful on the field, the players have also been unabashedly outspoken, using their platform to advocate for equal rights for themselves and others.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's national team will prepare in Europe beginning Nov. 14 for the World Cup in Qatar at a location to be decided, Juninho Paulista, the coordinator of the Brazilian soccer body, said Friday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Gabriel Slonina, the 18-year-old Chicago Fire goalkeeper who's viewed as a potential future standout, will remain with the American national team program and turn down an invitation to join Poland.
Malik Tillman, Haji Wright, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Djordje Mihailovic are joining the U.S. national team for four World Cup prep matches next month, signalling open spots remain on what is expected to be a 26-man roster in November.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Veteran strikers Paolo Guerrero and Raul Ruidiaz have been left out of the Peru squad for the World Cup qualifying playoff against an Asian team next month.
Peru will take on Australia or the United Arab Emirates on June 13 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Striker Paulo Dybala was in the Argentina squad for the friendly against Italy on June 1 at Wembley Stadium.
The recovering Leandro Paredes was left out on Friday.
GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sports because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday.
Clint Dempsey acknowledges the limelight changed him later in his career as he felt responsible for his club and American soccer.
Four years removed from playing and on the eve of his induction into the U.S.
CHICAGO (AP) — FIFA intends to announce the 2026 World Cup sites during a news conference in New York on June 16.
Seventeen U.S. stadiums in 16 areas remain in the bidding for the first 48-team World Cup, with the Los Angeles area submitting both SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, site of the 1994 World Cup final.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland have filed blackmailing charges against the former manager of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Cezary Kucharski publicly accused the Poland national team captain and his wife of tax irregularities in Germany and threatened to reveal the details if they didn’t pay 20 million euros ($21.1 million).
Ismail Elfath is the lone American among 36 referees selected by FIFA on Thursday for this year’s World Cup.
The 40-year-old was born in Morocco, moved to Austin, Texas, at age 18 in 2001 to attend at the University of Texas and refereed his first Major League Soccer match in 2012.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Italian club Spezia challenged FIFA at sport’s highest court Thursday trying to overturn a two-year transfer ban for alleged trafficking of young players from Africa under the previous owner.
GENEVA (AP) — Female referees will make World Cup history this year by working games at a major men’s tournament for the first time in Qatar.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania replaced Russia with Estonia for a friendly on June 13.
Albania had two matches scheduled with Russia in the UEFA Nations League but canceled both after Russia was suspended from UEFA for the country's invasion of Ukraine.
PARIS (AP) — Veteran forward Olivier Giroud was left out of the France squad and uncapped Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara summoned on Thursday for Nations League games.
AC Milan striker Giroud, who is on the verge of winning the Italian league, is only three behind Thierry Henry's national scoring record of 51 goals.
The 36 referees appointed by FIFA on Thursday to work the 2022 World Cup from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 in Qatar:
Abdulrahman Al Jasson, Qatar; Iván Barton, El Salvador; Chris Beath, Australia; Raphael Claus, Brazil; Matthew Conger, New Zealand; Ismail Elfath, United States; Mario Escobar, Guatemala; Alireza Faghani, Iran; Stéphanie Frappart, France; Bakary Gassama, Gambia;
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban called out Texas A&M on Wednesday, saying the school was “buying” players with name, image and likeness deals.
The Aggies signed the top recruiting class in the country earlier this year.
The U.S. Soccer Federation reached milestone agreements to pay its men's and women's teams equally, making the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money.
The U.S. Soccer Federation has agreed to pay its men’s and women’s national teams equally in a historic move that was years in the making.
The collective bargaining agreements announced Wednesday include identical pay structures and equal distribution of World Cup prize money, something that had been a major sticking point.
Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin has been approved by FIFA to switch his national team affiliation to Guatemala from the United States.
Guatemala's governing body made the announcement Tuesday.
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has retired from international soccer, the Gabon federation said Wednesday.
The federation said it received a letter from the Barcelona striker and Gabon captain on Tuesday informing it of his decision, after playing for the national team for 13 years.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former University of Kansas soccer goalie has been killed and her husband has been charged with first-degree murder in her death, police said.
Officers found Regan Noelle Gibbs, 25, fatally wounded Monday night in her apartment in Lawrence, Kansas.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian government has declared a public holiday in Tirana for next Wednesday when the capital city hosts the Europa Conference League final between Roma and Feyenoord.
There will be a pedestrian-only zone as part of measures "to organize in the most exemplary way one of the most major events that have occurred in Albania,” Interior Minister Bledi Cuci said Wednesday.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were all called back into the 32-man Belgium squad on Wednesday ahead of upcoming Nations League matches.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez had rested the Red Devils' big names for matches in March to focus on players with fewer than 50 international appearances.
The U.S. Soccer Federation agreed to landmark collective bargaining agreements with its men's and women's teams, equalizing compensation for the first time.
EMPOLI, Italy (AP) — Wearing a message of “United for Ukraine” on their shirts, Ukraine’s national soccer team won its second straight friendly match by beating Italian Serie A club Empoli 3-1 on Tuesday.
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says next month's soccer exhibition between his nation and Iran is ill-advised.
Preparing for its first World Cup since 1986, Canada hosts Iran on June 5 at B.C.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — It is thanks to one of its fullbacks that Rangers arrives at the Europa League final with the competition’s best attack and in good position to end a 50-year drought without a European title.
The Chicago Fire's Gabriel Slonina, an 18-year-old viewed as a goalkeeper of the future for the U.S. national team, was listed on Poland's 39-man roster announced by coach Czesław Michniewicz on Tuesday ahead of four Nations League matches next month.
NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Demspey says he thinks American goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Matt Turner should consider going on loans for the start of next season to get sharp ahead of the World Cup if they are not going to be playing regularly for their Premier League clubs.
ZURICH (AP) — Cameroon’s recruitment drive ahead of the World Cup continued on Monday with FIFA approving the change in international eligibility of former France Under-21 winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou.
CAIRO (AP) — Sao Tome and Principe was thrown out of the African Cup of Nations qualifying tournament on Monday for breaching COVID-19 protocols in a preliminary tie against Mauritius in March.
Sao Tome and Principe fielded a player in the two-leg tie who hadn't submitted to a compulsory pre-match COVID-19 test or provided proof of a recent test, the Confederation of African Football said.
American midfielder Richy Ledezma scored his first goal for PSV Eindhoven, putting the visitors ahead in the second half Sunday in a season-ending 2-1 victory at Zwolle.
The 21-year-old from Phoenix ran onto a long through pass after the ball took two bounces and beat goalkeeper Kostas Lamprou with a right-foot shot from 8 yards to break a 1-1 tie in the 73rd minute.
Gyasi Zardes and Diego Rubio scored first-half goals on penalty kicks and the Colorado Rapids extended their home unbeaten streak to 22 matches with a 2-0 victory over Western Conference-leading LAFC in MLS play on Saturday.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — China withdrew as host of soccer's 2023 Asian Cup on Saturday in the latest cancellation of the country's sports hosting duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Asian Football Confederation praised Chinese soccer officials for making “this very difficult but necessary decision in the collective interests of the AFC Asian Cup.”
Shannon Boxx embraced the impact she could have on a younger generation even as she was redefining the role of a defensive midfielder for the U.S. women's national team.
Boxx played during a time when the national team was predominately white.
The United States has landed another World Cup.
Before you start celebrating or making travel plans, a couple of caveats:
BERLIN (AP) — The top four clubs in the Russian soccer league said Friday they have filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against being banned from next season's European competitions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — American defender Aaron Long's calf injury appears to be relatively minor, according to New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber.
The 29-year-old center back left Tuesday night's 3-0 win at D.C.
The draw for the 2023 Women's World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will be held on Oct. 22 in Auckland.
The draw, announced early Friday in New Zealand, will determine the groups for the preliminary stage of soccer's premier women's event, which will include an expanded field of 32 teams.
Rugby’s biggest tournament is finally heading to the United States.
Now comes the hard part for the sport’s leadership: Generating enough interest and sustainability to secure the sport's place in a crowded U.S.
LONDON (AP) — The name “FIFA” can bring to mind images of the World Cup and soccer’s greatest players, like Pele, Zinedine Zidane or Lionel Messi.
Canada will prepare for its first World Cup since 1986 with an exhibition against Iran on June 5 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Canada plays Curaçao at Vancouver on June 9 and is at Honduras on June 13, both in the CONCACAF Nations League.
MILAN (AP) — The last time Juventus ended the season without a trophy, AC Milan took the Serie A title and Inter Milan won the Italian Cup.
This year could see a repeat of 2011.
The two Milan clubs are fighting it out at the top of Serie A, with Inter two points behind its city rival with two matches remaining.
MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Ukraine is back on the soccer field.
The Ukrainian men's national team returned to action Wednesday for the first time since the invasion by Russia, beating German club Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in a charity fundraiser.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's friendly match against rival Argentina scheduled for June in Australia has been canceled.
The game was planned as part of Brazil's preparations for the World Cup, but Brazilian soccer confederation coordinator Juninho Paulista said Wednesday that their Argentina counterparts made the decision to call it off.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA opened a disciplinary case Wednesday looking into whether Ecuador fielded an ineligible player during World Cup qualifying, a case that could see the country thrown out of this year's tournament in Qatar.
ZURICH (AP) — Electronic Arts will stop making its hugely successful FIFA video game in its current name, marking a split in one of soccer’s most successful and lucrative partnerships after the sides failed to strike a new licensing deal.
VIENNA (AP) — The 2024 European Championship final will be at Berlin’s Olympiastadion and the opening match will be at Bayern Munich's stadium, UEFA's executive committee decided on Tuesday.
Matches will be played in Germany in three clusters of venues with groups split between only two of them.