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AMSTERDAM | Vandals paint swastikas on buildings in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Vandals suspected of being soccer hooligans from The Hague have painted graffiti including swastikas and anti-Semitic texts on buildings in Amsterdam. The graffiti was discovered Friday, ahead of Sunday’s match between ADO and Ajax in The Hague. Ajax fans are banned from attending the match. ADO director Mattijs Manders says “we as … Continue reading AMSTERDAM | Vandals paint swastikas on buildings in Amsterdam

ZURICH | FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players in 2 transfer windows

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned Chelsea from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering young players. The Premier League club has the right to appeal against the sanction, which covers the next two transfer windows and also includes a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000). FIFA punished Chelsea for … Continue reading ZURICH | FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players in 2 transfer windows

PARIS | US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women’s World Cup

PARIS — The defending champion United States is again placed in a group with Sweden for the Women’s World Cup next summer in France. The draw for soccer’s premier tournament was held Saturday at a gala event in Paris amid a backdrop of unrest in the country. There were widespread clashes between police and demonstrators … Continue reading PARIS | US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women’s World Cup

St. Louis News: President Lewis Reed Response to Passage of MLS Resolution

The Board of Aldermen approved Resolution 180 with 26 aye votes, 2 no votes and 1 did not vote on Nov. 30 ST LOUIS, MO – Today, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved Resolution 180, which shows the MLS support for a potential soccer team in St. Louis. Board of Aldermen President … Continue reading St. Louis News: President Lewis Reed Response to Passage of MLS Resolution

FIFA Proposes Annual Club World Cup

As you read this, there is a challenge at the FIFA headquarters: a proposal to have a Club World Cup is being rejected by European football teams.  They claim that such a tournament will undermine the Champions League supremacy.  According to Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, this has come as a surprise since the … Continue reading FIFA Proposes Annual Club World Cup

Women’s soccer: Wait and see approach to FIFA strategy

FIFA’s new global strategy to grow the women’s game is prompting both praise and skepticism. Soccer’s governing body has been addressing the women’s side of the sport in the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal announced this week that focuses on the grassroots level … Continue reading Women’s soccer: Wait and see approach to FIFA strategy

SEATTLE | US and Sounders striker Clint Dempsey retires from soccer

SEATTLE — Former U.S. national team captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement, effective immediately. In a statement issued Wednesday by the Sounders, the 35-year-old Dempsey said he believes it’s the right time to step away from the game. Dempsey is tied with Landon Donovan as the greatest U.S. goal scorer, … Continue reading SEATTLE | US and Sounders striker Clint Dempsey retires from soccer