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12:26 PM ET UEFA has removed Russia’s teams from this year’s European competitions meaning they will not compete at this summer’s European Women’s Football Championships, while Spartak Moscow have been kicked out of the Europa League. The teams have been removed in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s women’s side were set to face
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10:15 AM ET FIFA and UEFA have been urged by the International Olympic Committee to ban Russia from all competitive football in response to the military invasion of Ukraine and ongoing war — a move that would lead to the Russians being expelled from the 2022 World Cup and this summer’s Women’s European Championship. Sources
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2:32 PM ET Associated Press FIFA backed away from immediately expelling Russia from World Cup qualifying on Sunday but said it remained an option, deciding instead the squad can play using the “RFU” acronym for the country’s football federation. The unanimous ruling by the FIFA Bureau, featuring the six regional football confederation presidents, was also
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2:47 AM ET Associated Press FIFA’s fading plan for biennial World Cups was labeled a threat to football and all other sports by the International Olympic Committee on Thursday. IOC President Thomas Bach lambasted FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino, an IOC member for the past two years, for not being in Beijing to hear the criticism.
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9:54 AM ET FIFA is set to implement rules in which clubs will be limited to signing and sending players on loan internationally from next season so that more focus can be given to developing talent, world football’s governing body said on Thursday. The objective of the regulations, delayed by two years due to the
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2:13 PM ET Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas won the Best FIFA Women’s Player award for 2022, marking her third individual award in the last six months. She also won the Ballon d’Or Feminin in November and was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year in August. – Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+
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2:29 PM ET Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s FIFA The Best record when he won the award for a second time on Monday. The Bayern Munich forward retained his FIFA The Best award following an incredible campaign in which he scored a Bundesliga record 41 goals, fighting off competition from Lionel Messi
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9:23 AM ET Lionel Messi will be hoping to add to his seventh Ballon d’Or as he was nominated for FIFA The Best Men’s player of the Year award for 2021, while Alexia Putellas is the favourite for the women’s award. The Paris Saint-Germain forward is up against last year’s winner Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool
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10:32 PM ET New Zealand coach Danny Hay has criticised FIFA for scheduling part of Oceania’s World Cup qualifying tournament outside the international window, saying it would not happen to any other region. The nine-team tournament will be staged in Qatar from March 14-30 to decide which team advances to a playoff against the fourth-placed
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1:14 PM ET Associated Press Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo took their usual places on FIFA’s annual awards list with last year’s winner, Robert Lewandowski, to be voted as FIFA’s best men’s player in the 2020-21 season. – ESPN+ viewers’ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more– Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)–
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4:30 PM ET FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended Formula One’s Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday as the World Cup’s one-year countdown begins. Hasan Bratic/picture alliance via Getty Images FIFA President Gianni Infantino insisted that “all are welcome in Qatar” on Sunday as a digital countdown clock went on display in Doha to mark one year until
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6:42 AM ET ESPN Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email Diogo Jota won a FIFA 22 tournament including several professional footballers. Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images Liverpool forward Diogo Jota won the first two vs. two FIFA 22 Challenge tournament by beating Barcelona‘s Pedri in the final. The tournament included several professional footballers such as
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2:21 PM ET FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings looking into the clashes at Wembley Stadium between police and Hungarian supporters at Tuesday’s game against England, saying it has “zero tolerance against such abhorrent behaviour”. – ESPN+ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (U.S.)– Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)– Don’t have ESPN?
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2:50 PM ET A biennial World Cup will not dilute the “magic” of the tournament as its frequency would have no bearing on its quality and prestige, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday. Soccer’s world governing body FIFA is conducting a feasibility study into the practicalities of staging a World Cup every two years,
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5:09 AM ET FIFA 22 has attracted 9.1 million users since its release, EA Sports have said. Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images EA Sports has said it exploring idea of renaming its annual video game franchise FIFA, just one week after its latest game FIFA 22 was released. The move comes after Konami renamed its
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