<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2018 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 13 Mar 2017 04:48:00 GMTSat, 16 Jun 2018 22:55:08 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Iran cruise to second Asian title on sand]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-cruise-to-second-asian-title-on-sand-2875647.htmlFIFA.com rounds up all the action from seven days of competition on the beach sands of Pantai Batu Buruk in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls ready to battle in Malaysia]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=asian-hopefuls-ready-to-battle-in-malaysia-2869204.htmlFri, 03 Mar 2017 08:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[New names making waves in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/new-names-making-waves-in-asia-2773544FIFA.com takes a look at five Asian nations with modest historical international records, who reached new highs during Russia 2019 qualifying.]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Seven tickets await on decisive matchday]]>/worldcup/news/seven-tickets-await-on-decisive-matchday-2772687FIFA.com previews what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to round two in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Drubbings, upsets and goal sprees]]>/worldcup/news/drubbings-upsets-and-goal-sprees-2675117FIFA.com reviews all the action across the continent.]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[World Cup qualifying: the story so far]]>/worldcup/news/world-cup-qualifying-the-story-so-far-2660791With 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™
<![CDATA[Guam train continues as Japan, Iran blush]]>/worldcup/news/guam-train-continues-as-japan-iran-blush-2649326Guam 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 World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Asia
<![CDATA[Asian powerhouses eye opening victories ]]>/worldcup/news/monday-asian-powerhouses-eye-opening-victories-2648433FIFA.com previewing all the action.]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Asia<![CDATA[Asian minnows face tough opening tasks ]]>/worldcup/news/asian-minnows-face-tough-opening-tasks-2639811Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Asia<![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]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=2/news=skeledzic-afghan-job-my-greatest-challenge-2532101.htmlFIFA.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[Philippines, Palestine set up decider]]>/live-scores/news/y=2014/m=5/news=philippines-palestine-set-up-decider-2345178.htmlWed, 28 May 2014 04:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Faqiryar: A real football fairytale]]>/live-scores/news/y=2014/m=5/news=faqiryar-ein-fussball-marchen-a-la-hollywood-2334499-2334671.htmlAfghanistan 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[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]]>/live-scores/news/y=2014/m=3/news=american-afghan-odyssey-2295226.htmlFIFA.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]]>/live-scores/news/y=2013/m=10/news=ahmadi-reaping-rewards-for-bravery-2202233.htmlFIFA.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 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[Amiri: Football brings Afghans together]]>/live-scores/news/y=2013/m=8/news=amiri-football-brings-afghans-together-2156115.htmlFIFA.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[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]]>/live-scores/news/y=2013/m=4/news=talismanic-arezou-high-hopes-for-afghanistan-2061673.htmlFIFA.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]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2013/m=1/news=familiar-trio-head-asian-contenders-1996734.htmlMon, 28 Jan 2013 09:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013<![CDATA[Asian giants face challenge in Doha]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2013/m=1/news=asian-giants-face-challenge-doha-1991428.htmlThe 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[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?]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=11/news=what-international-football-biggest-rivalry-1893478.htmlFIFA.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[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]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=12/news=chetri-shines-india-retain-crown-1556129.htmlMon, 12 Dec 2011 07:43:00 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<![CDATA[Afghan star Hadid astride two worlds]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=10/news=afghan-star-hadid-astride-two-worlds-1527058.htmlFIFA.com tells the remarkable story of striker Mustafa Hadid, who plays international football for Afghanistan despite being an amateur and plying his trade in the fifth tier of German football.]]>Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:04:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[A historic day for Palestinian football]]>/worldcup/news/historic-day-for-palestinian-football-1467742Palestinian football took major step in its development as a footballing nation, after it hosted its first ever FIFA World Cup™ qualifier, where they drew 1-1 with Afghanistan.

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Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Favourites progress as stars shine]]>/worldcup/news/favourites-progress-stars-shine-1467720The first round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil has been completed, seeing a barrel-load of goals scored around Asia, with the likes of big-guns Vietnam being joined by first-time qualifiers Philippines.

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Sun, 03 Jul 2011 22:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Stern tests for Asian hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/stern-tests-for-asian-hopefuls-1466177The chance to mix with Asia's big guns is up for grabs this weekend, with 16 of the continent's minnows battling it out in the second legs of the preliminary qualifying round.

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Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Preliminary journey kicks off in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/preliminary-journey-kicks-off-asia-1464834FIFA.com reviews all the action.]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2011 05:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Sixteen hopefuls embark on Brazil path]]>/worldcup/news/sixteen-hopefuls-embark-brazil-path-1463106Asia's lowest-ranked teams are set to begin continental qualifying for the 2014 tournament, with Sri Lanka-Philippines, Bangladesh-Pakistan and Malaysia-Chinese Taipei among the most appetising matches on the menu.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
<![CDATA[Afghanistan embrace new dawn]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2011/m=6/news=afghanistan-embrace-new-dawn-1444909.htmlA victory over Sri Lanka helped Afghanistan climb ten places to 164th - their highest-ever position - on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

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Thu, 02 Jun 2011 08:39:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[No change at the top as Senegal soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2011/m=5/news=change-the-top-senegal-soar-1436470.htmlWith very little action, there was minimal change on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. However, Senegal did leap into the top 50 for the first time in over two years and Afghanistan also made ground.

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Wed, 18 May 2011 09:01:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Brazil 2014 draw stirs Asian hopefuls ]]>/worldcup/news/brazil-2014-draw-stirs-asian-hopefuls-1409548FIFA.com reviews the Asian qualifying draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ which has thrown up a host of intriguing match-ups as some of the continents smaller footballing nations seek a share of the spotlight.]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Asia's Brazil 2014 draw made]]>/worldcup/news/asia-brazil-2014-draw-made-1408931The AFC has conducted the draw for Asia’s first and second round qualifiers for Brazil 2014.

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Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™