World Cup finals expanded to 48 teams from 2026

The World Cup finals will be expanded to 48 teams from the 2026 edition, football governing body FIFA confirmed at a council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

Blatter says he has lost CAS appeal against football ban

Former FIFA president Joseph Blatter said Monday he has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a six-year ban from football.

Ronaldo, Griezmann and Messi leads FIFA awards shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been joined by Antoine Griezmann in final shortlist for the FIFA best men's player of 2016 award announced Friday by the world governing body.

Ranieri, Santos, Zidane make FIFA awards coaching shortlist

Claudio Ranieri, manager of surprise Premier League champions Leicester City, has made the shortlist for football's best coach of the year award alongside Euro 2016 winner Fernando Santos of...

Brazil rise to second and Chile to fourth in FIFA rankings

Argentina retained first place in the global football rankings issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA, with Brazil rising to second and South America now having three teams in the top four.

Former Honduran president Callejas faces life ban from football

Honduran ex-president Rafael Callejas is facing a life-ban from football following a FIFA ethics committee investigation, the world football governing body said Wednesday.

Croatian Football Federation fined 50,000 Swiss francs over incident in Shkoder

A disciplinary commission of the international football federation FIFA has fined the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) 50,000 Swiss francs over incidents at a World Cup 2018 qualifier between...

FIFA brings fans into voting for new "best player" awards

Fans will help to decide on the choice of the best players and coaches of the year 2016, FIFA said Monday in announcing the procedure for a new version of the world player of the year award.

FIFA launches disciplinary proceedings against Croatia, Kosovo

The international football federation FIFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Croatia and Kosovo over the inappropriate conduct of their fans during a World Cup 2018 qualifier played on...

Argentina increase lead in FIFA rankings; Brazil, Kosovo climb

Argentina increased their lead in the football world rankings issued on Thursday by the ruling body FIFA while resurgent Brazil climbed five places into joint fourth.

FIFA opens proceedings against Blatter over salary and bonus payments

The FIFA ethics committee has opened new proceedings against banned former president Joseph Blatter relating to bribery and corruption, the world football governing body said Friday.

Turkey hold Croatia to 1-1 draw; Spain, Italy, Wales off to winning starts

Spain, Italy and Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales began their World Cup campaigns with victories while newcomers Kosovo earned their first point and scored their first goal in international...

Kosovo boosted before World Cup opener as FIFA lets players switch

World Cup debutants Kosovo are being boosted Monday before their first-ever qualifier against Finland as players are still being assessed for eligibility, world governing body FIFA said.

Swiss probe Beckenbauer, ex-DFB officials over World Cup payment

Swiss prosecuting authorities have opened criminal proceedings against football great Franz Beckenbauer and former senior German football federation officials in connection with a payment made...

Ex-FIFA president Havelange dies aged 100

Joao Havelange, whose nearly quarter-century reign as FIFA president oversaw the expansion of the game globally but was also marred by corruption, has died in hospital in Rio de Janeiro.