DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran arrested a prominent former member of its national soccer team on Thursday over his criticism of the government as authorities grapple with nationwide protests that have cast a shadow over its competition at the World Cup.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Arsenal forward Caitlin Foord scored two goals Saturday to lead Australia to a 4-0 win over Sweden in an international women’s soccer friendly.
Foord has five goals in her past three internationals.
NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala and Deportivo Cali forward Linda Caicedo were among those honored by the Women's International Champions Cup for advancing women's soccer.
Others who were named to the third annual WICC Best XI on Monday were England national team coach Sarina Wiegman, journalists Jeff Kassouf and Anna Kessel, U.S.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Sarah Asimrin still hears it from her uncles sometimes: “You’re a girl, it’s not right.” But on a recent evening, the 13-year-old Jordanian was on her club’s soccer field practicing alongside other girls and boys.
Alex Morgan has been included on the United States women's roster for a pair of exhibition matches against Germany after missing the team's recent games in Europe with a knee injury.
Mallory Pugh and Taylor Kornieck, who also missed the Americans' losses earlier this month to England and Spain, were also named to the 24-player roster.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The defending champion United States will face the Netherlands in the group stage of the women’s soccer World Cup next summer, setting up an early repeat of the 2019 World Cup final.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Merritt Paulson removed himself Tuesday as the chief operating officer of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League.
Players for the Chicago Red Stars have called on owner Arnim Whisler to sell his stake in the team following a disturbing report into misconduct in the National Women's Soccer League.
The players issued a joint statement Monday, a move that comes after the Red Stars' board of directors voted last week to remove Whisler as chairman and forbid him from participation in team operations.
The U.S. Soccer Federation received three new reports of misconduct in the sport this week after details of systemic emotional abuse and sexual misconduct in the National Women's Soccer League were revealed in an independent investigation, U.S.
The Portland Thorns have dismissed a pair of team executives in the wake of an investigation into misconduct in the National Women's Soccer League.
The Thorns' move Wednesday came a day after owner Merritt Paulson removed himself from a decision-making role with the team.
An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women's Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players, according to a report released Monday.
SAO PAULO (AP) — The second leg of the Brazilian women's soccer final set a new South American record attendance for clubs of the region, in another sign of the growth of the sport.
Corinthians 4-1 win against Internacional in Sao Paulo brought 41,070 fans to the NeoQuimica Arena on Saturday.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manchester United wing Adriana Leon scored an early first-half goal and it stood up through a number of good Australian scoring chances as Tokyo Olympic champion Canada beat the Matildas 1-0 in a women's soccer friendly on Saturday.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Andries Jonker was appointed coach of the Netherlands women's soccer team on Wednesday, succeeding Mark Parsons who left the post after a disappointing Euro 2022 which saw the defending champions knocked out in the quarterfinals.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's been a little more than a year since Olivia Moultrie signed with the Portland Thorns after suing to join the National Women's Soccer League at just 15 years old.
For Moultrie, the lasting lesson of her legal odyssey is that women should have the same opportunities to reach the top tier of U.S.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. national team midfielder Sam Mewis will miss the remainder of her season with the Kansas City Current because of what the club called “a long-standing progressive injury to her right leg” that occurred before she joined the team.
LONDON (AP) — Izzy Short, 13, struggles to pick her favorite England player as she anticipates the team’s appearance in Sunday’s final of the European soccer championships.
LONDON (AP) — England against Germany at Wembley Stadium. A final that underlines the growing stature of women's soccer in Europe and echoes decades of history.
When host nation England takes on Germany in the European Championship final Sunday, it will have a tournament-record crowd of nearly 90,000.
There have been messages of support and praise from the royal family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — The Women's Copa America soccer tournament starts Friday in Colombia at a time when the sport is clearly evolving in South America but at significantly different speeds and opportunities for players.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's chances of finally breaking through at a major women's tournament took a hit Tuesday when Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas injured her knee in training and was ruled out of the European Championship.
The United States qualified for its first Olympic men's soccer tournament since 2008 when the Americans beat Honduras 3-0 at San Pedro Sula on Friday night in the semifinals of the Under-20 championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean.
SEATTLE (AP) — OL Reign have acquired the rights to forward Tobin Heath from Racing Louisville.
The Reign signed Heath for the rest of the National Women's Soccer League season, with an option for 2023.
Angel City forward Christen Press has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.
Press was injured during Saturday's game against Racing Louisville and was helped off the field by a trainer and a teammate.
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The Bulgaria men's soccer team was involved in a bus crash in Georgia ahead of a Nations League game, leaving one player needing intensive care treatment, UEFA said on Saturday.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Kenya women’s soccer team failed Friday in a bid to be reinstated in the African Cup of Nations that kicks off next month with a legal technicality cited.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport verdict also ensured Kenya cannot advance to the 2023 Women’s World Cup because the African championship is a qualifying event to the FIFA tournament.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Women’s International Champions Cup will feature European teams Chelsea and Lyon, as well as Mexico’s Monterrey and the host Portland Thorns.
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored five goals for Argentina for the first time in a 5-0 rout of Estonia in a friendly match in Spain on Sunday, becoming the fourth-highest scorer for a national team in men's soccer.
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.
LONDON (AP) — English soccer player Jake Daniels said he is gay on Monday in a trailblazing moment for the European men's game.
The 17-year-old forward made the announcement at the end of his first season as a professional player with second division club Blackpool.
The National Women's Soccer League embarks this weekend on its milestone 10th season with two new teams, a new commissioner and the determination to move on and grow after a series of scandals.
Angel City FC, with its star-studded ownership group, and the San Diego Wave, with former U.S.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League are joining forces for a charity match to benefit relief efforts in Ukraine.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference announced Wednesday that it will restart men’s soccer this fall, boosted by three new schools along with soccer-only members Kentucky, South Carolina and West Virginia.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — There could be another world-record crowd on hand to watch Barcelona's semifinal in the women's Champions League as the club announced Tuesday that all tickets for the match against Wolfsburg at the Camp Nou Stadium were picked up in just over 24 hours.
MADRID (AP) — The ovation when the world-record crowd was announced at the Camp Nou Stadium was just as loud as when Barcelona had scored its goals.
Everyone in attendance knew they were part of something special: Never before had so many people watched a women’s soccer match.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Women's soccer celebrated a milestone Wednesday when a world-record crowd of more than 91,000 people watched Barcelona defeat Real Madrid 5-2 in the Champions League at the Camp Nou Stadium.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — On the day Russian troops surged into Ukraine a month ago, the players of women's soccer club FC Kryvbas were heading to the airport on their way to a training camp and games in Turkey.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's government joined the wave of European opposition on Sunday to playing any sports games against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
The move was notable as Albania is among the few national teams in men's soccer with games scheduled soon against Russia in official competitions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Christina Aguilera, actor Gabrielle Union and designer Rachel Zoe are included in a new group of investors in National Women's Soccer League expansion team Angel City.
The investors in the team's latest funding round were announced Wednesday, ahead of Angel City's first season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Vlatko Andonovski earned $357,597 over his first full year as U.S. women’s soccer coach, less than 28% of the $1,291,539 that went to men’s coach Gregg Berhalter.
The Canada men's soccer team will have players from clubs in 11 different countries for three crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Canada, ranked No. 40, faces a challenging schedule with three matches in three countries across seven days, starting Thursday in Honduras against the 76th-ranked team.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Former U.S. and Costa Rica coach Steve Sampson has reversed his decision to retire and will remain as men's soccer coach at Cal Poly.
Sampson had said Nov. 4 that he was retiring after seven seasons.
DUISBURG, Germany (AP) — Two German soccer clubs asked Monday for their game to be replayed after it was abandoned following racist abuse.
The third-division game between Duisburg and Osnabrück was halted Sunday after monkey chants were aimed at Osnabrück forward Aaron Opoku, the referee said.
After nearly a decade of crisscrossing the country and the globe for her professional career, Alex Morgan is headed home to Southern California.
Morgan is joining the San Diego Wave, which will begin play in the National Women's Soccer League next season.
The U.S. Soccer Federation and the union for its women's national team agreed to a three-month extension of their labor contract through March, a move announced on the same day players filed a brief asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their equal pay claim.
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Isaiah Reid scored twice, including a goal just 27 seconds into the match, and Clemson defeated Washington 2-0 to win the NCAA College Cup championship on Sunday.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil had just ended its prohibition on women's soccer when 36-year-old striker Gabriela Zanotti was born. She grew up playing mostly with boys and fully aware that she found very little chance of becoming a professional footballer in a country where top-flight clubs only cared about men.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Amanda Cromwell was hired Tuesday as coach of the National Women's Soccer League's Orlando Pride.
The 51-year-old Cromwell, a former U.S. national team player, spent nine seasons as the coach at UCLA and led the Bruins to the national championship in 2013, her first year.
MUNICH (AP) — No spectators will be allowed in the stadium next week when Bayern Munich hosts Barcelona in the Champions League because of stricter coronavirus measures, the governor of the German state of Bavaria said Friday.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn men’s soccer coach Ray Reid announced Thursday that he is retiring after 33 years as a head coach, 25 of them with the Huskies.
Reid, 61, ends his career with a record of 457-149-78 and four national championships.