MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s anti-monopoly commission announced Thursday it has fined 17 soccer teams for conspiring to impose a cap on the salaries of women soccer players.
The commission said the teams will be fined about $9 million for illegal practices.
LONDON (AP) — Intensifying its opposition to FIFA's push for biennial World Cups, UEFA complained Wednesday that Gianni Infantino's world body has yet to respond to its request for talks to discuss the concerns of European nations.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation has urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court’s decision to throw out the wage discrimination portion of a lawsuit filed by members of the women’s national team, arguing the law doesn't require the federation to pay the players "tens of millions of dollars in phantom revenue it never received.”
NEW YORK — In the midst of difficult negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball and its players’ association are scheduled to start a grievance hearing next Monday over the union’s claim the 2020 pandemic-affected season was too short.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rose Lavelle thrilled her hometown fans with a goal and three assists in the first 15 minutes, Alex Morgan scored three goals and the United States women routed Paraguay 8-0 in an exhibition on Tuesday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The United Soccer League is launching a professional women's league that will compete as a second division below the top-tier National Women's Soccer League.
Mallory Pugh was soccer's next big thing as a teenager but she has faded from the limelight as she struggled with injuries and consistency.
Now healthy, Pugh has returned to the U.S. national team more determined than ever.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will finally start speaking to soccer clubs, leagues and players’ unions this month in the latest steps announced Monday in its push to organize a men's World Cup every two years.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German and Portuguese soccer federations issued strong critiques of plans to hold the men's World Cup every two years, warning Friday it means players risk more injuries and that women's competitions will be overshadowed.
CLEVELAND (AP) — No Carli Lloyd isn't reconsidering her retirement — even after a five-goal game.
Lloyd hit a career high for goals in the U.S. national team's 9-0 rout of Paraguay on Thursday night.
The Washington Spirit's postponed match against the Portland Thorns has been deemed a forfeit by the National Women's Soccer League.
Portland will earn the victory and three points for the match, which was originally scheduled for Sept.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA intensified its push for hosting the men’s World Cup every two years on Thursday by garnering support from soccer fans around the world to help combat resistance from Europe and South America.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lisa Byington is making history as the Milwaukee Bucks’ new play-by-play voice on their television broadcasts.
The Bucks announced the hiring Wednesday and said Byington is the first woman to work as a full-time television play-by-play announcer for any major men’s professional sports team.
Alex Morgan says the U.S. women's national team needs to make sure players aren't losing any of their existing compensation under the identical contract proposals the U.S. Soccer Federation has made to both the men's and women's teams.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Impoverished Afghans living in a long-abandoned military compound in the southern city of Kandahar say they’re devastated by the Taliban order to expel them from their homes.
ISLAMABAD--- Members of Afghanistan’s women soccer team and their families arrived in Pakistan after fleeing their country in the wake of the Taliban's takeover, local media said Wednesday.
It was unclear how many Afghan women players and their family members were allowed to enter in Pakistan.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation said it had offered identical contract proposals Tuesday to the players' associations for the men's and women's national teams, and the governing body said it would refuse to agree to a deal in which World Cup prize money is not equalized.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The first Women’s Champions League group-stage draw Monday placed defending champion Barcelona with Arsenal, Hoffenheim and Danish club HB Køge.
The revamped 16-team group stage replaces the 32-team knockout tournament.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League were forced to forfeit their scheduled Saturday match against OL Reign because the Spirit violated the league's medical protocols, the league said.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the U.S. Soccer Federation asked the unions of the women’s and men’s national teams to agree to equalize FIFA’s World Cup prize money on their own.
USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone sent an open letter making the request, which called for the men’s national team to allow the USSF to reallocate a portion of FIFA’s World Cup payments to the federation to the women’s team.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the U.S. Soccer Federation asked the unions of the women’s and men’s national teams to agree to equalize FIFA's World Cup prize money on their own.
USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone sent an open letter Friday making the request, which called for the men’s national team to allow the USSF to reallocate a portion of FIFA’s World Cup payments to the federation to the women’s team.
LONDON (AP) — Setting out her vision as England manager, Sarina Wiegman was sure of one thing — the Women's World Cup should remain every four years.
There's no need for FIFA to push through plans to double the frequency of its flagship tournament, according to Weigman.
LONDON (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino found a curious salesman to push his plan to double the frequency of World Cups: a coach who spent his career until now complaining about the spate of international tournaments.
GENEVA (AP) — North Korea was formally suspended from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics by the IOC on Wednesday as punishment for refusing to send a team to the Tokyo Games citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
ATLANTA (AP) — Patrick Cantlay won the FedEx Cup and it’s $15 million prize, and he did it style on Sunday.
World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis was hired by FIFA to be lead adviser on the future of women’s soccer as the governing body ramps up a campaign to turn the tournament into a biennial event.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Saturday night's National Women's Soccer League game between the Portland Thorns and the Washington Spirit has been postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak among the Spirit players.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has “grave concerns” about FIFA's plans to stage World Cups every two years and is astonished by the lack of consultation by Gianni Infantino's governing body, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.
LONDON (AP) — United States international Tobin Heath is staying in English soccer.
The 33-year-old forward signed for Arsenal in the Women’s Super League on Friday, having played at Manchester United last season.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a soccer world increasingly embracing technology to make sure referees' on-field decisions are correct, CONCACAF appears content to live with blown calls in its most important games.
They move from place to place at a moment's notice in a desperate bid to evade the Taliban — girls whose lives are in danger simply because they chose to play a sport they loved.
TORONTO (AP) — Honduras stopped a training session ahead of its World Cup qualifier against Canada after spotting a drone above the field, according to reports in Honduran media.
“I’d imagine there’s probably a lot of people in Canada that fly drones, I'm sure," Canada coach John Herdman said Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but still broke the men's international scoring record before adding a second goal as Portugal beat visiting Ireland 2-1 in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday.
Ronaldo grabbed his 110th goal in the 89th minute to move ahead of former Iran striker Ali Daei.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Western Michigan University from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement against four female soccer players, ruling they are likely to prevail on claims it violates their constitutional religious rights.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Four female soccer players at Western Michigan University challenged the school's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for athletes Monday, saying it violates their Christian beliefs.
SEATTLE (AP) — Megan Rapinoe scored two first-half goals and OL Reign beat the Portland Thorns 2-1 on Sunday in front of an NWSL-record crowd of 27,248 fans.
The matchup between the Northwest rivals was part of a doubleheader with the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers meeting in the nightcap at Lumen Field.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cindy Parlow Cone will seek a full four-year term as U.S. Soccer Federation president in February 2022.
The former national team midfielder became president March 11, 2020, when Carlos Cordeiro quit following a backlash over the federation's role in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by women's national team players.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Players from Afghanistan women’s national soccer team had an “important victory” on Tuesday when they were among a group of more than 75 people evacuated on a flight from Kabul.
Angel City FC has acquired U.S. national team forward Christen Press and hired coach Freya Coombe as the team prepares to begin play in the National Women’s Soccer League next season.
Angel City, which is owned by a group that includes Serena Williams, Mia Hamm and Natalie Portman, acquired the rights to Press from Racing Louisville.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Morgan Weaver came off the bench and scored in the 87th minute to give the Portland Thorns a 1-0 victory over Lyon in the Women's International Champions Cup final Saturday night.
CONCACAF has announced a new Women's World Cup qualification tournament structure and a Women's Gold Cup, aimed at creating more opportunities for elite competition in the region.
The CONCACAF W Championship will take place next summer and serve as qualification for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fifteen-year-old Olivia Moultrie scored her first professional goal on a free kick and the Portland Thorns went on to defeat the Houston Dash 3-1 on a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw Wednesday night in the Women's International Champions Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Coming off the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. women's national team will play a series of four matches in September and October.
The team will play Paraguay in Cleveland on Sept. 16 and again on Sept.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Thorns have traded goalkeeper Adrianna Franch to KC NWSL in exchange for goalkeeper Abby Smith and $150,000 in allocation money.
Franch had been with the Thorns since the 2016 season, appearing in 65 matches with 198 saves and 26 shutouts.
U.S. forward Carli Lloyd is retiring after a decorated career that included a pair of World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals, as well as a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games.
The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year known for her dramatic hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final will play four as-yet unannounced friendly matches this fall with the U.S., and finish out the season with her club team, Gotham FC.
LONDON (AP) — In frantic phone calls and voice messages, Khalida Popal can hear the distress and tearful pleas for help.
The football players in the Afghanistan women’s national team that Popal helped establish now fear for their lives after the Taliban swept to regain control of the country after two decades.
NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is such a fan of #MeToo pioneer Tarana Burke that the soccer star chose Burke's upcoming memoir, “Unbound,” for her new book club before she had even read it.
“She is such an incredible person and whatever it is she's writing will be worth everyone reading,” Rapinoe said during a recent telephone interview.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s top two soccer divisions will have a female chief executive for the first time next year.
Donata Hopfen is to take over from outgoing German soccer league (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert on a three-year contract from January 2022, the governing body said Saturday.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A jury found a massage therapist guilty Thursday of sex crimes against five people, including three female soccer players at the University of Kansas.
Jurors returned guilty verdicts on all eight counts against Lawrence massage therapist Shawn P.