FIFA President Gianni Infantino

MOSCOW | The Latest: Will Smith shares some love for Ronaldo, Neymar

MOSCOW  — The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 5:15 p.m. Will Smith loves Cristiano Ronaldo, won’t hear a bad word spoken against Neymar, and accepts Brazil could have done better. Smith will perform the official World Cup song before Sunday’s final, and was asked how Brazil’s quarterfinal exit compared … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Will Smith shares some love for Ronaldo, Neymar

MAE SAI, Thailand | The Latest: Croatia World Cup squad offers Thai boys support

MAE SAI, Thailand — The Latest on the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach in a cave in northern Thailand (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Croatia’s national soccer team, which is competing in the ongoing World Cup, has offered its “support and love” to the young Thai soccer team trapped in a cave. … Continue reading MAE SAI, Thailand | The Latest: Croatia World Cup squad offers Thai boys support

MOSCOW | The Latest: Marcelo out of Brazil lineup to face Mexico

MOSCOW — The Latest on the World Cup (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Tite has called in Filipe Luis to replace Marcelo for Brazil’s World Cup round of 16 game against Mexico. Marcelo had back spasms in the opening minute of Brazil’s last group match against Serbia and didn’t recover in time to return to … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Marcelo out of Brazil lineup to face Mexico

MOSCOW | The Latest: Infantino, Trump welcome success for joint bid

MOSCOW — The Latest at the World Cup, including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 3:30 p.m. FIFA President Gianni Infantino calls it “a nice message” that the United States, Canada and Mexico will work together to host the 2026 World Cup. Infantino says after the member federations voted … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Infantino, Trump welcome success for joint bid

MOSCOW | The Latest: FIFA overhauls team rankings to end manipulation

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA meetings ahead of the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 5:40 p.m. FIFA’s quirky rankings system to rate 211 men’s national teams and decide seeding in World Cup draws is getting a reboot. FIFA says it approved a new formula which rewards teams for playing … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: FIFA overhauls team rankings to end manipulation

MOSCOW | FIFA delays talks on possible 48-team World Cup in Qatar

MOSCOW (AP) — Talks on exploring a 48-team World Cup in 2022 have been taken off the agenda at FIFA’s annual congress Wednesday. FIFA says a request to start a feasibility study into adding 16 teams to the Qatar-hosted tournament has been withdrawn by South American body CONMEBOL. FIFA President Gianni Infantino says his staff … Continue reading MOSCOW | FIFA delays talks on possible 48-team World Cup in Qatar

GENEVA | FIFA has hectic month of football politics before World Cup

GENEVA (AP) — Before the World Cup kicks off in Russia, expect a hectic month of football politics that could transform the face of the game. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is driving his agenda of adding new and bigger competitions, even as FIFA prepares a June 13 vote in Moscow to pick a 2026 World … Continue reading GENEVA | FIFA has hectic month of football politics before World Cup

FIFA panel adds video review to soccer laws ahead of WCup

ZURICH /March 3, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — FIFA’s rule-making panel approved adding video review to the laws of soccer on Saturday, clearing the way for its use at the World Cup in June. The panel, known as IFAB, voted unanimously to begin updating the game’s written rules to include video assistant referees (VAR) and let competition … Continue reading FIFA panel adds video review to soccer laws ahead of WCup