Football

FIFA to double women’s development funding

By David Owen

FIFA has announced that it is to double its development funding for women's football over its next four-year cycle ©AFP/Getty ImagesFIFA has announced that it is to double its development funding for women's football over its next four-year cycle, culminating with the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

FIFA to dip into solidarity fund to help Ebola-hit countries

By David Owen

FIFA has promised to provide financial help to countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus ©AFP/Getty ImagesFIFA plans to dip into its solidarity fund to help three impoverished West African nations - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - stricken by the deadly Ebola virus.

Nigeria avoid FIFA ban after football chief Maigari returns to work

By Gary Anderson

FIFA has lifted threat of international ban on Nigeria after Aminu Maigari has been reinstated as NFF President ©Getty ImagesFIFA has lifted the threat of an international ban on Nigeria after the President of the country's football federation, Aminu Maigari, was allowed to return to work in the capital Abuja.

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup may yet clash with Winter Olympics

By Gary Anderson

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar could still take place at the same time as the 2022 Winter Olympics ©AFP/Getty ImagesNew fears have been raised over the possibility of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar clashing with that year's Winter Olympics, even though FIFA President Sepp Blatter had ruled out the prospect last year. 

Blatter confirms he will run for fifth term as FIFA President and calls for introduction of TV replays to challenge referees

By Gary Anderson

Sepp Blatter has confirmed he will seek a fifth term as FIFA President ©Getty ImagesSepp Blatter has confirmed he will stand for a fifth term as President of football's world governing body FIFA during a video interview broadcast at the Soccerex Conference in Manchester, where he also hinted television referrals may be trialled as early as next year's Under-20 World Cup.

"Certain individuals" could face punishment over FIFA World Cup bids following ethics report delivery

By Paul Osborne

Michael Garcia has delivered a 350-page report to FIFA's Adjudicatory Chamber on the bidding processes of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups ©Getty Images"Certain individuals" could face punishment over the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids following recommendations by FIFA Ethics Committee chairman Michael Garcia, a statement from football's governing body has claimed.

Path clears for Blatter's FIFA re-election as Platini rules himself out of Presidential race

By Zjan Shirinian

Michel Platini (left) has been highly critical of Sepp Blatter (right), but has chosen not to run against his for the FIFA Presidency ©Getty ImagesUEFA President Michel Platini has said he will not stand against Sepp Blatter for the leadership of football's governing body FIFA.

UEFA postpone Israel Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium over security concerns

By Zjan Shirinian

UEFA has decided to postpone Israel's first Euro 2016 qualifier home game because of ongoing security concerns ©AFP/Getty ImagesUEFA has postponed Israel's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium because of security concerns in the country.

Libya withdraws as host of 2017 African Nations Cup

By Duncan Mackay 

Libyan fans will be denied the opportunity to cheer on their side at home after the country withdrew as host of the 2017 African Nations Cup ©AFP/Getty ImagesLibya has stepped down as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals as ongoing fighting in the country delays plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament, it was announced today. 
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