Allianz signs five-year sponsorship deal with Women's Bundesliga

By Zjan Shirinian

Allianz has signed the first title sponsorship deal with the Women's Bundesliga ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesApril 12 - A five-year sponsorship deal between insurance giant Allianz and the Women's Bundesliga has been described as a "quantum leap" for the league.

Japan Football Association vice-president Tashima runs for FIFA Executive Committee seat

By Emily Goddard

Tashima Kohzo is aiming for a seat on the FIFA Executive Committee ©Getty ImagesApril 10 - Tashima Kohzo, the vice-president and executive general secretary of the Japan Football Association, has revealed he will run for a seat on the FIFA Executive Committee to help boost the sport's development across Asia.

Northern Ireland Sports Minister threatens funding cut if women's football ignored

By Gary Anderson

April 9 - The IFA has been warned it needs to develop girls' and women's football or face funding cuts ©Bongarts/Getty Images The Irish Football Association (IFA) has been told girls' and women's football has to become a priority or else they face the threat of funding cuts in the future.

Confederations Cup "added $4 billion to Brazil GDP", says study

By David Owen

The Confederations Cup, won by Brazil, created more than 300,000 jobs according to the study by the Economic Research Institute Foundation ©Getty ImagesApril 8 - The Brazilian Government has fired a numerical salvo in the direction of critics who continue to argue that hosting sporting mega-events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games is not in the country's best interests.

United States women's football coach Tom Sermanni sacked

By Zjan Shirinian

Tom Sermanni had been head coach for just 15 months ©Getty ImagesApril 6 - The coach of the United States women's football team has been fired, just weeks after the squad suffered their second straight defeat for the first time in 13 years.

FIFA rejects calls to oust Russia from World Cup

By Emily Goddard

FIFA has rejected calls from the US to oust Russia from the Brazil 2014 World Cup over its occupation of Crimea ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 3 - FIFA has rejected a call from two United States Senators to oust Russia from this year's World Cup and strip the nation of its hosting rights for the 2018 edition over its occupation of Crimea.

FIFA secretary general emphasises support for African football

By Paul Osborne

FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke has emphasised FIFA's support of football in Africa during a seminar in Johannesburg, South Africa ©FIFA/Getty ImagesApril 3 - FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke has pledged support for football in Africa and claimed he wanted to see an African team in the final of the World Cup.

Sony and FIFA announce plans to broadcast World Cup matches in 4K resolution

By Gary Anderson

April 3 – FIFA and Sony have announced that three matches from this year's World Cup will be broadcast in 4K resolution ©Getty Images Three matches from this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be broadcast in 4K resolution, also known as Ultra HD, for the first time following an announcement by football's world governing body and its official partner Sony.

Barcelona banned from making transfers for 14 months by FIFA after breaking rules

By Zjan Shirinian

Barcelona will not be able to make any transfers for 14 months ©Getty ImagesApril 2 - Spanish champions Barcelona have been banned from making any transfers for 14 months after being found to have breached rules on signing international players aged under 18.
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