<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2018 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 15 Dec 2017 08:58:00 GMTFri, 20 Apr 2018 16:14:05 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Australia hit all-time high as USA end 2017 on top]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=12/news=australia-hit-all-time-high-as-usa-end-2017-on-top-2924260.htmlUSA will bring in another new year as the top-ranked women’s national team after holding on to top spot in the final FIFA Women's World Ranking of 2017.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Women RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Europe's play-off participants learn fate ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=europe-s-play-off-participants-learn-fate-2915188.htmlThe match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia™ have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich on Tuesday.

 
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Tuesday's European play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-you-need-to-know-about-the-european-play-off-draw-2914803.htmlThe draw will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Tuesday 17 October at 14:00 (local time) and will be live streamed on FIFA.com and FIFA's YouTube channel. 

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Huppenkothen and Hierro to present European play-off draw ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=huppenkothen-and-hierro-will-present-european-play-off-draw-2913919.htmlRenowned Mexican TV presenter Vanessa Huppenkothen and former Spain captain Fernando Hierro will conduct the official draw for the European playoff matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Who can qualify from Europe on Sunday?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=who-can-qualify-from-europe-on-sunday-2911578.htmlSun, 08 Oct 2017 10:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=9/news=the-week-in-numbers-2907968.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with goal feats from big-name forwards.]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:45:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Germany oust Brazil as qualifying heroes soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=9/news=germany-oust-brazil-as-qualifying-heroes-soar-2907633.htmlFIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug-of-war with Brazil for top spot.]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[European nations vie for France 2019 slots]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=9/news=european-nations-vie-for-france-2019-slots-2907740.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to the first two rounds of European qualifying matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, with the continent's giants all set to enter the fray and begin battling it out for the eight available places.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:32:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Two Door Cinema Club talk football]]>/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2017/m=9/news=two-door-cinema-club-talk-football-2906781.htmlFIFA.com hears from renowned indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club about performing at a Russia 2018 stadium, the shock of seeing one of their all-time footballing heroes at one of their shows, the upcoming FIFA Football Awards and more.  ]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:38:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=The Best – FIFA Football Awards 2017<![CDATA[Europe's big names close in on automatic qualification]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=europe-s-big-names-close-in-on-automatic-qualification-2906875.htmlFIFA.com reviews Monday's FIFA World Cup qualifying action in Europe where several of the continent's traditional heavyweights moved within touching distance of winning a ticket to Russia.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Heavyweight duels await as stakes rise in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=heavyweight-duels-await-as-stakes-rise-in-europe-2905711.htmlWed, 30 Aug 2017 07:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Spain end Women’s U-19 EURO final hoodoo]]>/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=spain-end-women-s-u-19-euro-final-hoodoo-2904838.htmlFIFA.com reviews the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship after Spain cast aside several years of heartbreak to win the final of a tournament which saw three other teams book qualification to France 2018.]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018<![CDATA[O'Neill: World Cup place would be phenomenal]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=o-neill-world-cup-place-would-be-phenomenal-2904505.htmlFIFA.com speaks exclusively with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill about his World Cup memories, hopes of leading his country to Russia 2018, Northern Ireland's staggering rise up the FIFA Ranking and more. 

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Northern Ireland looking to cement legacy ]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=8/news=northern-ireland-looking-to-cement-legacy-2903159.htmlAhead of the Women's Under-19 EURO in Northern Ireland, FIFA.com speaks exclusively with tournament director Sara Booth and head coach Alfie Wylie about how the competition can leave a lasting legacy on the women's game in the country. 

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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:06:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[European octet eye France 2018 slots]]>/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=7/news=european-octet-eye-france-2018-slots-2902306.htmlWith the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 having culminated on 6 August with a victory for the Netherlands, the spotlight has now turned on the UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship, which kicks off on 8 August.

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Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
<![CDATA[Germany on top after two-year wait]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=7/news=germany-on-top-after-two-year-wait-2900464.htmlGermany have capped a sensational week on the international stage by returning to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time since being knocked off the top spot exactly two years ago.

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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[High stakes as qualifying resumes in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=high-stakes-as-qualifying-resumes-in-europe-2876818.htmlFIFA.com previews the latest round of qualifiers in Europe, where some of the continent's heavyweights face crucial matches in the race to secure direct passage to Russia 2018.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[131st IFAB AGM agenda confirmed]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=1/news=131st-ifab-agm-agenda-confirmed-2865567.htmlWed, 01 Feb 2017 09:11:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=Release<![CDATA[Rodgers: Nobody has been better than Suarez this year]]>/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2016/m=11/news=rodgers-nobody-has-been-better-than-saurez-this-year-2855650.htmlSun, 27 Nov 2016 19:12:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=The Best – FIFA Football Awards 2016<![CDATA[Modric: Croatia can wait serenely until spring]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=modric-croatia-can-wait-serenely-until-spring-2849719.htmlSun, 13 Nov 2016 14:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[European favourites march on]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=european-favourites-march-on-2849524.htmlFriday's UEFA qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ saw the favourites keep their focus to either go top of their groups or extend their leads at the summit. FIFA.com rounds up Friday's action.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Europe
<![CDATA[VAR progress core to IFAB ABM discussions]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=11/news=var-progress-core-to-ifab-abm-discussions-2847823.htmlThe IFAB’s Annual Business Meeting (ABM) took place in London at Wembley Stadium today, chaired by Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of The Football Association. 

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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:02:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=News
<![CDATA[131st Annual Business Meeting of The IFAB to take place at Wembley ]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=11/news=131st-annual-business-meeting-of-the-ifab-to-take-place-at-wembley-2847450.htmlTue, 01 Nov 2016 14:12:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=News<![CDATA[England held, Germany push on]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=england-held-germany-push-on-2842764.htmlTue, 11 Oct 2016 23:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Revenge, a winning debut and impressive underdogs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=revenge-a-winning-debut-and-impressive-underdogs-2842084.htmlSun, 09 Oct 2016 00:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Europe<![CDATA[New eras, new coaches, new nations]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=new-eras-new-coaches-new-nations-2830142.htmlFIFA.com previews the opening action in UEFA qualifying for Russia 2018 where 13 tickets to the world stage are for grabs.]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Europe's FIFA World Cup qualifiers in numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=europe-s-fifa-world-cup-qualifiers-in-numbers-2824388.htmlFIFA.com whets your appetite for the UEFA Zone’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in statistical form.]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[McAlery, the visionary skipper who brought football to Ireland ]]>/news/y=2016/m=7/news=mcalery-the-visionary-skipper-who-brought-football-to-ireland-2812542.htmlFIFA.com highlights the story of John McAlery, the Irish Football Association's first skipper and the man often credited for bringing football to the Emerald Isle. ]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:01:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=7/news=the-week-in-quotes-2804861.htmlFIFA.com's weekly look at the best quotes from around the footballing world includes Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from international football, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing his move to Manchester United in his unique way, Iceland's president-elect showing that he's just like any football fan and much more. ]]>Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:18:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[Hard toil pays off for winning trio]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/373/8/index.htmlSun, 26 Jun 2016 08:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=6/news=the-week-in-quotes-2803602.htmlFIFA.com's weekly look at the best quotes from around the footballing world includes Croatia’s goalkeeper explaining how he saved a Spanish penalty, a Swedish defender being sent off for breaking wind, Robbie Brady discussing his out-of-body experience and much more.

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:40:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News
<![CDATA[Gillespie: Northern Ireland players have made the country proud]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/316/7/index.htmlFIFA.com about his nation's exploits at UEFA EURO 2016 and their historic progression to the last 16.]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:18:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Germany ease through but pain for Spain]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/308/2/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews the conclusion to Groups C and D at UEFA EURO 2016 as Germany and Poland advanced with tight wins, while Croatia stunned Spain.]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:31:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Green and White Army taking Europe by storm]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/242/7/index.htmlSun, 19 Jun 2016 11:19:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=6/news=week-quotes-roy-keane-cristiano-ronaldo-elmo-fuchs-david-villa-2802381.htmlFIFA.com's weekly look at the best quotes from around the footballing world includes Roy Keane threatening to kick players, Sesame Street’s Elmo confused about how the offside rule works, Christian Fuchs prepares to take on Cristiano Ronaldo, Lars Lagerback dampens expectations for Iceland at UEFA EURO 2016 and more.

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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:26:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News
<![CDATA[Northern Ireland shock Ukraine, England grab late win]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/214/6/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews Thursday's UEFA EURO 2016 action as England defeated Wales in injury time Northern Ireland won their first-ever match at the tournament, while Germany and Poland played out the first 0-0 draw of the competition.]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Modric inspires Croatia, Germany make solid start]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/132/6/index.htmlFIFA.com takes a look back at matchday 3 of UEFA EURO 2016 which was notable for a successful opening display by Germany, plus wins for Poland and Croatia.]]>Mon, 13 Jun 2016 01:50:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Spain's crown up for grabs at star-studded EURO]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/070/8/index.htmlFIFA.com previews the newly-expanded and much-anticipated 2016 edition of the UEFA EURO as Spain attempt to defend their crown.]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:16:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[European teams prepare for continental challenge]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=5/news=a-flurry-of-friendlies-as-european-teams-prepare-for-continential-chal-2793728.htmlThu, 02 Jun 2016 08:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Germany end frustrating run, Portugal, Netherlands impress]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=germany-end-frustrating-run-portugal-netherlands-impress-2773382.htmlWed, 30 Mar 2016 09:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Josh Magennis: From goalkeeper to goalscorer]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/277/144/0/index.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis about his incredible transition from shot-stopper to striker, while also looking ahead to UEFA EURO 2016.

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:03:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[Father-son team-mates]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=father-son-team-mates-2770898.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at a number of father-son combos who have graced the same pitch in a competitive fixture as contemporaries. ]]>Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:00:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Off The BallKind=News<![CDATA[O'Neills relishing landmark EURO challenge]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/277/048/8/index.htmlFIFA.com hears from the respective managers as they ahead to June's UEFA EURO.]]>Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:29:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Bursting, bouncing and bulletproof]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=bursting-bouncing-and-bulletproof-2769291.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a ‘bouncing’ farewell and 30x3.]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:06:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Elleray: This should reduce controversy and confusion]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=3/news=elleray-this-should-reduce-controversy-and-confusion-2768735.htmlFIFA.com caught up with former English Premier League referee David Elleray to discuss the new edition of the Laws of the Game, presented at the 130th AGM of the IFAB in Cardiff.

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Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:48:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=News
<![CDATA[Infantino: We have taken a historic decision]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=3/news=infantino-we-have-taken-a-historic-decision-2768731.htmlThe International Football Assocation Board convened in Cardff for its 130th Annual General Meeting, with topics from video assistant referees to the so-called 'triple punishment' of a red card, penalty and ban for denying a goalscoring on the agenda.

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Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:32:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=News
<![CDATA[IFAB agrees to introduce experiments with video assistant referees]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=3/news=ifab-agrees-to-introduce-experiments-with-video-assistant-referees-2768643.htmlA landmark decision by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at its 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cardiff, Wales, will pave the way for the introduction of live experiments with video assistant referees in football.

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Sat, 05 Mar 2016 13:13:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=Release
<![CDATA[Northern Ireland native putting leadership training into practice]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=northern-ireland-native-putting-leadership-training-into-practice-2766549.htmlFIFA.com sat down with former Northern Ireland women's captain Sara Booth, who talks the about the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme and her objectives as Tournament Director for the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship 2017.

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:34:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Origins of Suarez and Messi's genius]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=6/news=belgians-invent-the-two-man-penalty-1644041.htmlAfter Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi's remarkable penalty against Celta Vigo, we recall two early examples of the two-man penalty which was also made famous by the likes of Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen and Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Nesbitt: I'm under strict orders, no autographs]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=nesbitt-i-m-under-strict-orders-no-autographs-2754427.htmlFIFA.com on nerves, accents, keeping his cool around Cristiano Ronaldo and why he is leaving his autograph book at home.]]>Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:43:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015