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FIFA executive attacks 'stupid cliche' about women in soccer

FIFA executive attacks 'stupid cliche' approximately women in soccer

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe's female representative on FIFA's ruling council says one of her missions is to eradicate a ''stupid cliche'' approximately women ''looking like false men playing football or lesbian.''

Evelina Christillin, a veteran Italian sports executive, was elected unopposed on Wednesday by the UEFA Congress to assume one of six new guaranteed FIFA leadership roles for women in a drive for greater gender equality in the male-dominated sport.

Asked approximately changing women's football, Christillin said: ''It's very significant because I hate this stupid cliche approximately women looking like false men playing football or lesbian or whatever it is.''

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FIFA president Infantino open to 40-team World Cup, co-hosts

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is open to a 40-team World Cup in 2026, with several countries serving as co-hosts.

Infantino's comments Tuesday show that FIFA will consider co-hosting by the United States, Canada & Mexico. They are expected bidders for 2026, with the CONCACAF region favored to host for the first time since 1994, when 24 teams played in the U.S.

In his presidential election campaign, Infantino supported expanding the tournament & hosting across a region.

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FIFA clears Kosovo players to make World Cup debut

FIFA clears Kosovo players to make World Cup debut

ZURICH (AP) — Amid last-minute confusion approximately which players are eligible to play for Kosovo, soccer's newest national team will have a full squad to pick from on Monday in its World Cup debut.

FIFA said less than five hours before kickoff in Finland that it approved six players to represent Kosovo who were already with the squad to face Finland in Turku.

Five of the six players confirmed by FIFA, including goalkeeper Samir Ujkani, had formerly represented Albania, which borders Kosovo. The case of midfielder Valon Berisha, who played for Norway before Kosovo gained FIFA & UEFA membership in May, was the last to be resolved before the 9:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) kickoff.

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Havelange reshaped FIFA but career ended in disgrace

Havelange reshaped FIFA yet career ended in disgrace

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – One of Joao Havelange's favorite utterances was that when he arrived at FIFA house to take over as president in 1974, he found $20 in the till & headquarters that were falling apart.

When he left 24 years later, he said there was $4 billion in the coffers, $100 million worth of property & soccer's governing body had more members than the United Nations.

During his presidency the Brazilian, who died at the age of 100 on Tuesday, transformed FIFA & its flagship competition, the World Cup.

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FIFA corruption trial could start in Sept. or Oct. 2017: U.S. judge

FIFA corruption trial could start in Sept. or Oct. 2017: U.S. judge

By Nate Raymond

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The federal judge overseeing the wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer's global governing body FIFA said at a hearing on Wednesday that a trial could commence in September or October of 2017.

U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York, said prosecutors had sought an early 2017 trial date, yet given the amount of evidence still being processed that September or October was more realistic.

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FIFA chief wants two more Africa slots in expanded World Cup

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End of the old boys club? FIFA moves spur hope for equity

As the drumbeat for gender equity in soccer grows louder with the approach of the Olympics in Rio, there are signs that women's issues are being taken seriously by FIFA.

Critics say it's a positive & long overdue step to shattering the governing body's reputation as an old boys' club.

New President Gianni Infantino appointed a woman, Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura as secretary general last month, & announced the creation of a women's soccer division at the recent FIFA Congress in Mexico City.

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FIFA allows Indonesia back to global table

FIFA allows Indonesia back to global table

By Brian Homewood

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Indonesia's suspension from international soccer for government interference in the country's soccer federation has ended after almost a year, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

However, the FIFA Congress confirmed the existing suspensions for Kuwait & Benin over government interference in their soccer associations.

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FIFA unveil 2026 World Cup bidding process

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FIFA unveil 2026 World Cup bidding process

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