<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2014 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 21 Jul 2015 14:23:00 GMTTue, 21 Jul 2015 14:24:05 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[World Cup qualifying: the story so far]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=world-cup-qualifying-the-story-so-far-2660791.htmlWith the Preliminary Draw set to take centre stage this week, we look back at the first steps on the road to Russia 2018, with 76 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches having already been played across Asia and North America.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Guam train continues as Japan, Iran blush]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=guam-train-continues-as-japan-iran-blush-2649326.htmlGuam and the Philippines continued their fairytale starts to Asian Zone qualifying on Matchday 2, while Japan and Iran were held to unforeseen draws and two teams recorded 6-0 wins.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian powerhouses eye opening victories ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=monday-asian-powerhouses-eye-opening-victories-2648433.htmlFIFA.com previewing all the action.]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Upsets, thrashings and 11th-hour saviours]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=upsets-thashings-and-11th-hour-saviours-2646383.htmlThu, 11 Jun 2015 22:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asian minnows face tough opening tasks ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=asian-minnows-face-tough-opening-tasks-2639811.htmlWed, 10 Jun 2015 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Varied reactions across Asia after Russia 2018 draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=varied-reactions-across-asia-over-russia-2018-draw-2590780.htmlFIFA.com looks at the reaction to Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup qualifying draw in Asia, with coaches from across the continent providing their views on the looming campaign.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian draw throws up derbies and drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=draw-throws-up-derbies-and-drama-2590319.htmlTue, 14 Apr 2015 10:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[World Cup draw looms large in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=world-cup-draw-looms-large-in-asia-2590022.htmlMon, 13 Apr 2015 06:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[FIFA programmes boost Afghan football]]>/development/news/y=2015/m=4/news=fifa-programmes-boost-afghan-football-2583596.htmlWed, 08 Apr 2015 17:32:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Goal ProgrammeKind=News<![CDATA[Colourful Nadim forges her own path to success ]]>/development/news/y=2015/m=4/news=colourful-nadim-forges-her-own-path-to-success-2581599.htmlFIFA.com speaks with charismatic Sky Blue FC striker Nadia Nadim about being a role-model for Muslim players, her unique back-story and that headband.]]>Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:31:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Hopefuls shine through to Asian finals]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2015/m=4/news=hopefuls-shine-through-to-asian-finals-2581159.htmlWed, 01 Apr 2015 06:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Skeledzic: Afghan job my greatest challenge]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/253/210/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com about his excitement at becoming Afghanistan's new national team coach and his vision for the nation's football future.]]>Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:39:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Pakistan beat Afghanistan in friendly]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:10:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Philippines, Palestine set up decider]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 28 May 2014 04:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Faqiryar: A real football fairytale]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Afghanistan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar speaks exclusively to FIFA.com about how his side's South Asia Football Federation Cup win brought the country together, and his hopes for footballing development in his nation.

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Tue, 06 May 2014 16:26:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News
<![CDATA[Regenass: Our programmes have evolved]]>/development/news/y=2014/m=4/news=regenass-our-programmes-have-evolved-2323606.htmlFIFA Director of Member Associations and Development Thierry Regenass talks exclusively to FIFA.com about the implementation and enforcement of development regulations and the evolution of FIFA's assistance programmes.

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Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:41:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News
<![CDATA[Asian Cup to be expanded to 24 teams]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/231/992/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:15:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Portugal go third, Greece and Scotland soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=4/news=portugal-go-third-greece-and-scotland-soar.htmlThu, 10 Apr 2014 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA celebrates first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace]]>/sustainability/news/y=2014/m=4/news=fifa-celebrates-first-international-day-sport-for-development-and-peace-2314269.htmlSun, 06 Apr 2014 09:56:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[England, Egypt and Panama climb]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=3/news=england-egypt-and-panama-climb-2295968.htmlThu, 13 Mar 2014 08:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[An American’s Afghan odyssey]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/229/522/6/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com talks to him about his journey of discovery in a faraway land.]]>Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA invests USD 200 million in football development in 2013]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=12/news=fifa-invests-usd-200-million-football-development-2013-2247063.htmlWed, 18 Dec 2013 09:59:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[Portugal and Brazil return to top ten]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=11/news=portugal-and-brazil-return-top-ten-2230272.htmlThu, 28 Nov 2013 09:55:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Ahmadi reaping rewards for bravery]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/220/223/3/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com spoke exclusively to Afghanistan international Sandjar Ahmadi, whose brave decision paved the way for him to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer.]]>Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:55:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Football fever gripping Afghanistan]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=10/news=football-fever-gripping-afghanistan-2196007.htmlFIFA.com reports from Afghanistan, where a successful Afghan Premier League campaign, ever-improving national sides and the support of FIFA are boosting the beautiful game.]]>Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:47:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Goal ProgrammeKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA equipment helps save player's life]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=9/news=fifa-equipment-helps-save-player-life-2172478.htmlA FIFA Medical Emergency Bag (FMEB) has been credited in helping to save the life of Afghanistan's Farzad Ghulam, who suffered a minor cardiac arrest in a SAFF Championship semi-final in Nepal.

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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:04:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=MedicalKind=News
<![CDATA[Afghanistan stuns India to win SAFF title]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/217/252/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA to implement first Goal project in Indonesia ]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=9/news=fifa-implement-first-goal-project-indonesia-2167539.htmlWed, 04 Sep 2013 18:21:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Goal ProgrammeKind=News<![CDATA[Pakistan appoint Shamlan after Bahrain stint]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/215/639/4/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Pakistan appointed Bahrain's Mohammed Shamlan as their new coach ahead of the South Asian Football Federation Cup (SAFF). 

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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Amiri: Football brings Afghans together]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/215/611/5/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com about Afghanistan hosting an international for the first time in a decade, their 3-0 victory over Pakistan, how football unites the country and their FIFA World Cup ambitions.]]>Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:39:06 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Afghan fans abuzz over return of international football]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/215/413/7/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 19 Aug 2013 03:36:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Historic week showcases Afghan football success]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=8/news=historic-week-showcases-afghan-football-success-2152825.htmlFri, 16 Aug 2013 10:06:21 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Goal ProgrammeKind=News<![CDATA[USA hold top spot, Germany stationary]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=7/news=usa-hold-top-spot-germany-stationary-2141911.htmlFri, 02 Aug 2013 09:10:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Women RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Talismanic Arezou's high hopes for Afghanistan]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com recently caught up with the talismanic goal scorer to discuss the progress and development of the game in Afghanistan.]]>Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:26:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Croatia and Ecuador on the up]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=4/news=croatia-and-ecuador-the-2056322.htmlThu, 11 Apr 2013 09:00:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA’s investment in Afghanistan pays-off]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=4/news=fifa-investment-afghanistan-pays-off-2053392.htmlFri, 05 Apr 2013 09:32:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[Additional transparency for better development]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=3/news=additional-transparency-for-better-development-2039088.htmlWed, 20 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[Asians soar as Colombia go outright sixth]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=3/news=asians-soar-colombia-outright-sixth-2029807.htmlThu, 14 Mar 2013 09:01:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Familiar trio head up Asian contenders]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013<![CDATA[Asian giants face challenge in Doha]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=The Qatari capital Doha is set to host the AFC qualifiers for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013, as teams hope for one of the three tickets to the event in September. FIFA.com previews the qualifiers.

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Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013
<![CDATA[Blatter: Football must bring people together]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2013/m=1/news=blatter-football-must-bring-people-together-1981323.htmlMon, 07 Jan 2013 20:59:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012<![CDATA[Lali: Football can achieve great things ]]>/sustainability/news/y=2012/m=11/news=lali-football-can-achieve-great-things-1960108.htmlFIFA.com.]]>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:55:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=Football for HopeKind=News<![CDATA[Tough draw for Chinese champions]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/196/686/0/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[A month of FIFA development: October 2012]]>/development/news/y=2012/m=11/news=month-fifa-development-october-2012-1940380.htmlFIFA.com brings you our monthly round-up of the most recent development projects and events during October.]]>Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:21:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[What is international football’s biggest rivalry?]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/189/347/8/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com wants to know what you feel is the biggest rivalry in the international game.]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:36:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Have Your Say<![CDATA[Toofan Harirod claim first Afghan title]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/178/841/9/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Toofan (Typhoon) Harirod, representing the western province of Herat, landed the first Afghan championship on Friday after seeing off Simorgh Alborz.

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Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:07:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News
<![CDATA[New hope for Afghanistan]]>/news/y=2012/m=6/news=new-hope-for-afghanistan-1649572.htmlFIFA.com reveals in this latest edition of Video of the Week.]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:30:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Video of the WeekKind=News<![CDATA[Chetri shines as India retain crown]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 12 Dec 2011 07:43:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[India down Afghans to retain SAFF title]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Sun, 11 Dec 2011 16:07:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA awards further TV rights for 2015-2022]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2011/m=10/news=fifa-awards-further-rights-for-2015-2022-1533484.htmlThu, 27 Oct 2011 09:16:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=TVKind=Release