Fans mourn Pelé at public viewing in Brazil stadium
Thousands of mourners began paying their respects to Pelé in a solemn procession past his coffin at the Vila Belmiro Stadium in his hometown of Santos on Monday. The Brazilian soccer great died Thursday after a battle with cancer. Pelé's coffin was placed on the field where he scored some of his best goals.news.yahoo.com
Denmark reignites European dispute with FIFA at World Cup
European soccer showed its public frustration with FIFA president Gianni Infantino again Wednesday at the World Cup — this time in the Denmark camp. Denmark pledged it wouldn't vote for Infantino, who is running unopposed for re-election in March. Danish soccer federation president Jesper Møller also hinted at wishing to walk away from FIFA membership.news.yahoo.com
European teams abandon plan to wear armbands at World Cup
FIFA's threat of on-field punishment for players forced World Cup teams to back down Monday and abandon an anti-discrimination campaign aimed at host nation Qatar. The captains of seven European nations won't wear armbands supporting the “One Love” campaign in games after FIFA said the players would be shown yellow cards. The decision came three days after beer sales at stadiums was suddenly banned under pressure from the Qatari government and two days after FIFA president Gianni Infantino delivered an extraordinary tirade defending the host nation's human rights record.news.yahoo.com
Qatar's World Cup opener shows its reemergence after boycott
Qatar opened the Middle East’s first World Cup on Sunday with its ruler sitting next to the leaders of two Arab countries that only a year and a half earlier had been part of a boycott trying to bring the energy-rich nation to its knees. No leaders of major Western countries were seen at the opening ceremony for the tournament in Qatar, which has faced intense criticism, particularly in Europe, over its treatment of migrant laborers and the LGBTQ community.news.yahoo.com
FIFA picks 2026 World Cup cities, predicts US `No 1 sport'
Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Seattle and Kansas City, Missouri, were the newcomers among the 11 U.S. sites picked to host games at the 2026 World Cup, while Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida, were left out.
FIFA unveils biennial World Cup plan, UEFA threatens boycott
FIFA detailed its plan for reshaping international soccer around playing the men’s World Cup every two years despite European opposition that could lead to a boycott. Joined by retired greats, FIFA unveiled the proposal Thursday but the pushback from Europe was immediate as UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed it could launch a boycott by its teams which have dominated soccer’s marquee event since Brazil won in 2002. About 80 former internationals including World Cup winners went to Qatar for two days of FIFA-hosted talks and emerged with consensus for playing the tournament twice as often.news.yahoo.com
US women's soccer pay dispute intensifies, as FIFA approves an expanded World Cup
However, it also confirmed that amount will rise to $440 million for the next men's World Cup, in Qatar in 2022. Ahead of the Women's World Cup final in July, Infantino proposed doubling the total prize money to $60 million in 2023. It means that dozens more member associations can organize their women's soccer programs and funding, knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying. The United States National Soccer Team Players Association, the labor organization for members of the men's national team, showed its dissatisfaction with the details of Cordeiro's letter. The pay dispute erupted in March, four months before the team went on to retain the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.cnbc.com
U.S. Women's World Cup victory sets off immediate calls for equal pay
Immediately after the U.S. Women's National Team won the 2019 World Cup on Sunday, fans started calling for another victory: Giving the women equal pay. Equal pay!" As of Sunday, the U.S. women's team has won four World Cups more than any women's soccer team in the world. The prize pot for the women's team this year was $30 million compared to $400 million for last year's Men's World Cup. The women's team and U.S. Soccer tentatively agreed in June to mediate the lawsuit once the World Cup was over.cbsnews.com