FIFA give nod towards North American bid

The ruling council of soccer's world governing body Fifa is likely to back a three-nation North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup when it meets on Tuesday in Bahrain.

Messi ban reduced on appeal

Messi ban reduced on appeal

FIFA has lifted a four-match international suspension on Argentina forward Lionel Messi, world soccer's ruling body said on Friday, in a significant boost to his team's faltering World Cup qualifying campaign.

FIFA hear Messi appeal

FIFA hear Messi appeal

Argentina forward Lionel Messi's appeal against his four-match international ban for insulting a match official was being heard by FIFA on Thursday, a source close to football’s governing body said.

China get 2030 hosting boost

China get 2030 hosting boost

China's hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup got a boost from FIFA.

Nine World Cup places for Africa

Nine World Cup places for Africa

FIFA announced its proposed slot allocation for the expanded 48-team World Cup on Thursday, including an automatic place for Oceania, 16 places for Europe - up from 13 - and a six-team inter-zonal playoff tournament for two more spots.

Ahmad backing Moroccan World Cup bid

Ahmad backing Moroccan World Cup bid

New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

Brazil first to qualify for Russia

Brazil first to qualify for Russia

Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina's campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.

Clubs against expanded World Cup

Clubs against expanded World Cup

The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the 2026 tournament is unacceptable, European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Tuesday.

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