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FIFA ranks Australia-New Zealand as best 2023 World Cup bid

ZURICH (AP) — The Australia and New Zealand joint bid was the highest rated by FIFA on Wednesday of three candidates to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. FIFA said Australia-New Zealand scored 4.1 points from a maximum five in evaluating its project plan for the first 32-team women’s tournament. Japan scored 3.9 and Colombia […]

Qatar interested in bidding for 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Qatar is keen on on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation has expressed an interest in hosting the world’s biggest sporting events in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first time as […]

4 games per day in group stage of 2022 World Cup in Qatar

LONDON (AP) — The 2022 World Cup will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage and matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. FIFA released the schedule for the first World Cup to be played in November and December on Wednesday, with kickoff […]

And then there were 8: CONCACAF hexagonal becomes octagonal

NEW YORK (AP) — CONCACAF is changing its World Cup qualifying hexagonal to an octagonal in response to the coronavirus pandemic and delaying the start until next June. The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras receive byes directly to the octagonal, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football announced Monday. […]

Australia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup

GENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women’s World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. The joint bid beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA’s ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for women’s soccer. FIFA […]

Women’s World Cup heads to a welcome Down Under in 2023

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Women’s World Cup is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after a concentrated effort by the joint bidders to secure the global soccer event in the southern hemisphere for the first time. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the mother of a 2-year-old daughter who should be […]

Australia-NZ favored for 2023 Women’s WCup after Japan quits

Australia and New Zealand became the clear favorites to jointly host the 2023 Women’s World Cup after Japan withdrew from bidding ahead of the FIFA vote on Thursday. The combined South Pacific bid performed significantly stronger than its only remaining rival, Colombia, in the FIFA inspection report — scoring 4.1 to 2.8. Japan was marked […]

Bayern chair says UEFA ‘didn’t do a great job’ on City case

UEFA “didn’t do a great job” investigating Manchester City after the English club’s two-year ban from European competitions was overturned, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Monday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled two weeks ago that some of UEFA’s accusations of financial violations by City could not be proven and others were “time-barred” […]

The Latest: Canucks say Vancouver out of NHL hub city race

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Vancouver Canucks say the city is out of the running to act as a hub for the NHL playoffs. Canucks Sports and Entertainment thanked British Columbia health officials for their support during the bid to host the NHL’s summer […]

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