South American FIFA World Cup qualifiers to begin in October

Following consultation with the South American member associations, FIFA and CONMEBOL have agreed to postpone the upcoming South American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 initially planned to be played in the international window of September 2020. The qualifiers are now planned to start in October 2020. Taking into account the outcome of the discussions held in the COVID-19 FIFA-Confederations Working Group, the CONMEBOL Council has today requested FIFA to include a replacement international window in January 2022 in the International Match Calendar in order to complete the…

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Mabkhout carries UAE’s renewed World Cup hopes

Ali Mabkhout is UAE’s all-time top scorer Forward has scored six goals in the Qatar 2022 qualifiers to date Appeared at the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and FIFA Club World Cup™ “Taking part in a World Cup is every player’s dream. All of us in the team dream of pulling on the Emirati jersey there,” said Ali Mabkhout in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com during the qualifying campaign for Russia 2018. As it turned out, however, Al-Abyad failed to make the world finals after placing fourth in their group in…

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Final report published on club solidarity funding from France 2019

822 professional and grassroots clubs from 39 MAs receive funding boost USD 8.46 million distributed to clubs that trained, released players for France 2019 Funding to be used for development programmes for women and girls Full report available HERE To mark the one-year anniversary this week since the USA won their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup™, FIFA has today published the final report on the solidarity funding distributed to clubs from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Following the distribution of FIFA funding via member associations (MAs) that took…

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Chastain's moment in the sun

Brandi Chastain scored winning penalty kick against China PR on this day in 1999 Showpiece decider played in front of 90,000 at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Chastain:”The first month or two after, I don’t think I slept very much” You know a moment is important when decades later you can remember exactly where you were when it happened. That is certainly the case when recalling Brandi Chastain’s FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999™-winning penalty kick and subsequent celebration against China PR in front of an overflowing Rose Bowl with 90,000 people…

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FIFA and EA SPORTS extend FIFA eChallenger Series following successful national tournaments

The FIFA eChallenger Series in Asia has attracted over 23 million views so far There was drama aplenty at the FIFA eChallenger Series national events last month Special inter-nation match to take place online between China PR and Korea Republic FIFA and EA SPORTS have announced today that it will extend the FIFA eChallenger Series this weekend to host a day of special inter-nation matches between China PR and Korea Republic. Following the success of the first-ever FIFA-organised EA SPORTS™ FIFA Online 4 program last month, which has attracted over…

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Bebeto: I get emotional talking about my celebration

It is, perhaps, the most iconic celebration in FIFA World Cup™ history. Twenty-six years ago today at USA 1994, Bebeto, in homage to new-born son Mattheus, spontaneously showcased his baby-cradling celebration after scoring in a 3-2 win over the Netherlands. “The day before, I knelt down and asked God to give me one opportunity to score a goal for my son, because I had to pay homage,” Bebeto explained to FIFA.com on the goal’s milestone anniversary. “And the celebration just happened. “I went off to celebrate and Romario and Mazinho…

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Watch Live: FIFA Women's Football Webinar

Watch the FIFA Women’s Football Webinar on The Physical Analysis of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, an online panel discussion featuring FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman, who will talk about the physical development of the women’s game with several experts: Dawn Scott: Scott was the high performance coach for the USA women’s national team from 2010 to 2019 and is now the senior women’s physical performance manager for the England women’s national team Paul Bradley: Reader in sports performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a…

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Relive the FIFA Women's Football Webinar

Watch the FIFA Women’s Football Webinar on The Physical Analysis of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, an online panel discussion featuring FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman, who talked about the physical development of the women’s game with several experts: Dawn Scott: Scott was the high performance coach for the USA women’s national team from 2010 to 2019 and is now the senior women’s physical performance manager for the England women’s national team Paul Bradley: Reader in sports performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a consultant…

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