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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — More than half of the Spain women’s team no longer want to play in protest at their coach, though they don’t want him removed.
Fifteen players have told the Spanish federation that being on the team has “significantly” affected their "emotional state” and health.
The Zambian soccer federation opened an investigation Friday into claims of sexual abuse in the women's game and said it was taking accusations made on social media serious enough to ask police for help with the inquiry.
MADRID (AP) — Fifteen female soccer players are expected to quit Spain's national team after their demand for a coaching change was rejected by the Spanish federation on Thursday.
The federation said it received identical emails from the 15 players saying they would renounce their places on the team if coach Jorge Vilda wasn’t fired.
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s new professional women’s league will finally get to start after a deal was struck to end a strike by the referees who demanded better wages and work conditions, the Spanish soccer federation said Wednesday.
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland’s soccer federation formally launched a bid Wednesday to host the women’s European Championship in 2025.
The Swiss bid team said nine cities — including Bern, Basel, Geneva and Zurich — are in its plan to host the tournament.
U.S. Soccer says an investigation into alleged abuse and misconduct in the National Women's Soccer League is expected to be completed by early next month.
MADRID (AP) — The start of Spain’s new professional women’s league has been called off after referees refused to work until their demands for better wages and work conditions are met.
The season was scheduled to kick off on Saturday, but the league issued a statement saying that it was impossible to hold the games after the referee crews did not show up.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Scotland and Portugal were handed the advantage of playing at home throughout the European qualifying playoffs for next year's Women's World Cup.
Friday's draw for the nine-team playoffs saw Scotland paired against Austria, a European Championship quarterfinalist two months ago, with the winner advancing to host Ireland.
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s female soccer referees have called a strike as they demand better pay and working conditions, putting in danger the start of the domestic women’s league.
The referees issued a statement late Thursday saying they had “taken the decision to not work any matches of the women’s first division under the present working and economic conditions.”
Representatives for the men's and women's U.S. national teams on Tuesday signed their historic collective bargaining agreements with U.S. Soccer, formally closing a long and sometimes acrimonious fight over equal pay.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rose Lavelle scored the go-ahead goal and the U.S. women's national team won its 13th straight match with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Tuesday night.
The United States also benefitted from an own goal to extend the team's unbeaten streak on American soil to 71 games.
SYDNEY (AP) — Manchester United winger Adriana Leon scored two second-half goals Tuesday as Olympic soccer champion Canada rallied to beat Australia 2-1 and clinch back-to-back wins in an international friendly series that both teams used as preparation for next year’s women’s World Cup.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sophia Smith scored a pair of first-half goals and the U.S. women's national team defeated Nigeria 4-0 Saturday as both teams prepare for next summer's World Cup.
The United States has a 70-game unbeaten streak on American soil — 63 wins and seven draws.
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.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson was contacted in 2019 about former coach Paul Riley's interest in becoming coach of the U.S. women's national team, he disclosed Riley had been fired by the team for cause but Paulson didn't try to shape a decision, the team said.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA judges banned a male soccer official from Zimbabwe for five years on Thursday for sexually harassing female referees.
Obert Zhoya was found guilty of “abusing his position to sexually harass” three women, FIFA said in announcing the verdict of its ethics committee.
San Diego Wave players knew from the beginning that they weren't going to let their status as an expansion team define them.
The aim was to "set a precedent that we can come in the league in year one and compete," Wave defender Kristen McNabb said.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The European Championship in women’s soccer was watched by a tournament-record total live audience of 365 million broadcast viewers, which is double the number from Euro 2017, UEFA said Wednesday.
The recently concluded under-20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica was the first youth tournament to implement FIFA's safeguarding program, aimed at keeping participants and fans safe from abuse, exploitation and harassment.
The National Women's Soccer League opened its first free agency period Friday amid a dispute over which players are qualified.
Players with expiring contracts and at least six years of service and are eligible for free agency for the first time under the collective bargaining agreement.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA lifted a suspension of India’s soccer federation on Friday that ensured the country can host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.
The move was expected this week after India’s Supreme Court handed back control of the national soccer federation to its administration – restoring management of the body to soccer officials as FIFA wanted.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a rare move, authorities in Iran allowed women to attend a soccer game at the Tehran Azadi stadium in the Iranian capital on Thursday evening, local media reported.
Videos posted on social media show women inside the stadium as the national league game between Esteghlal FC, the second most popular team in Iran, and Mes-e Kerman kicked off.
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.
The National Women's Soccer League title game will be aired nationally in prime time for the first time in the 10-year-old league’s history.
The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Oct.
Defender Crystal Dunn will return to practice with the U.S. women's national team as it prepares for the 2023 Women's World Cup with a pair of exhibition matches next month against Nigeria.
Dunn is not quite match fit after the birth of her son in May, but she'll join the team to train for its matches on Sept.
LONDON (AP) — England's record scorer Ellen White announced her retirement from soccer Monday after saying her “dreams came true” when the Lionesses won the Women's European Championship last month.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Monday handed control of the national soccer federation back to its administration in an attempt to get a FIFA suspension lifted.
India's Supreme Court had earlier appointed a three-member committee to manage the affairs of the All India Football Federation and to conduct elections for new office bearers by the end of August under a new constitution.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Forward Daniela Solis is the personification of an ever-growing connection between soccer in the United States and Mexico — one that's only going to intensify as the 2026 World Cup looms.
MURSKA SOBOTA, Slovenia (AP) — Former United States international Heather O'Reilly scored just four minutes into her Women's Champions League debut to give Irish team Shelbourne a 1-0 win over Slovenian club Pomurje on Thursday in the first round of qualifying for the group stage.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European Championship stars Beth Mead and Lena Oberdorf are competing with Alexia Putellas on the shortlist announced Wednesday for the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government is holding discussions with FIFA to settle issues that led to the suspension of the country's national soccer federation and the possible loss of its hosting rights for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October, a government law officer said Wednesday.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court is expected to take up a government plea to settle issues that led to the national soccer federation’s suspension by FIFA and the possible loss of its hosting rights for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA suspended India's national soccer federation late Monday “due to undue influence from third parties,” the sport's governing body said.
The suspension of the All India Football Federation threatens the country's hosting of the Under-17 Women's World Cup scheduled for Oct.
PARIS (AP) — Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was omitted from the 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award on Friday for the first time since 2005.
The Argentina great edged out Poland striker Robert Lewandowski for the Ballon d’Or last year but wasn't nominated this time after an underwhelming first season at Paris Saint-Germain.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The proposed $24 million settlement between U.S. women soccer players and the sport’s American governing body was given preliminary approval Thursday by a federal judge, who scheduled a Dec.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation blamed the newly created professional women’s league on Wednesday for a two-week delay in the draw for this season’s competition.
The federation said the draw will finally take place on Friday after a ruling by Spain’s highest sports authority.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Mark Parsons, the coach who took the defending champion Netherlands to the quarterfinals of the women's European Championships, has left the job by mutual agreement with the Dutch soccer federation.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid wants to start the new season the same way it ended the last one — winning a trophy.
Madrid won the Champions League in its final match last season, and on Wednesday it begins the new season by taking on Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, Finland.
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.
ZURICH (AP) — The United States women’s soccer team extended its five-year reign atop the FIFA rankings on Friday and new European champion England moved up to No. 4.
The U.S. won its regional championship for the third straight time in July and leads No.
LONDON (AP) — England's women's soccer team is continuing to generate unprecedented fan interest following its European Championship victory, with its planned game against the United States at Wembley Stadium in October selling out in less than a day.
The U.S. women's national team is set to face England at Wembley Stadium, the first of two European matches as the United States prepares to defend its title at the 2023 World Cup.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s narrow loss to England in the Women's European Championship final may yet prove more beneficial for women’s soccer in the country than another title would have been.
The team was given a heroes’ welcome back in Frankfurt on Monday, when thousands of flag-waving fans turned up in front of the city hall to show their appreciation for coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and her players.
LONDON (AP) — In soccer-mad England, which sees itself as the home of the world’s game, women and girls finally have a team full of heroes who look like them.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Asian Football Confederation has confirmed a new qualifying format to factor in its expanded number of direct entries for a 48-team World Cup in 2026.
The governing body for soccer in Asia issued a statement Monday saying a four-round qualifying system has been designed in preparation for the eight direct spots and single intercontinental playoff slot allocated to the AFC following the expansion of the World Cup.
LONDON (AP) — Just when it seemed England might again be weighed down by expectations and history, Chloe Kelly made the breakthrough.
Kelly's goal in the second half of extra time — the first time she had ever scored in a competitive international game — propelled England to its first major women's soccer title on Sunday, beating Germany 2-1.
LONDON (AP) — “It's coming home!”
England won a major international soccer tournament on Sunday for the first time in more than half a century. The fact it was the women’s team, not the men’s, that ended decades of pain made it all the sweeter for many fans.