Big five leagues spend record 573 million dollars in January window

France led the way as the top five leagues in Europe spent a record 573.2 million dollars on new players from abroad in the January transfer window, the ruling body FIFA said on Friday.

Argentina stay top in FIFA rankings; Afcon champs Cameroon 33rd

Argentina continue to lead football's world rankings in an all but unchanged top 10 while Cameroon rose 29 places to 33rd thanks to their Africa Cup of Nations title in the latest list issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA.

FIFA hands match-fixing detection to Sportradar; closes its division

Football's ruling body FIFA on Friday announced an agreement with data company Sportradar to detect match-fixing as it closed its own division to combat corruption in this area.

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 Portugal and Zinedine Zidane who coached Real Madrid to Champions League glory.

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 Kosovo and Croatia, played in Shkoder, Albania, on October 6.

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 October 6.

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 competition in European qualifiers on Monday.

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 around the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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.

Argentina remain top of the pile of unchanged FIFA rankings 

Argentina retained their place as the top men's football team in the world in FIFA's latest rankings released Thursday.

FIFA sets ticket prices for 2018 World Cup

The cheapest price for a 2018 World Cup match ticket for non-Russia fans will be 105 dollars, football's world governing body FIFA said Tuesday.

FIFA chief Infantino sticks to 40-team World Cup plan

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has again underlined his support for an expanded 40-team World Cup despite criticism of the extended 24-team Euro 2016 format.

Blatter: "I continue being president of FIFA"

Joseph Blatter believes he remains technically president of FIFA despite having been suspended from all activities related to football and replaced by the international football organization's ethics committee in December.

FIFA president Infantino hits back over conspiracy claims

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has rejected claims he plotted to remove the former chairman of the independent audit and compliance committee, and said he aimed to publish details of his salary.

Blatter says payments were "fair and clean" in FIFA probe

Banned former FIFA president Joseph Blatter has denied claims he enriched himself over the last five years at football's governing body.

FIFA: Blatter and other top officials skimmed 80 million dollars

Three former FIFA top officials including Joseph Blatter enriched themselves by more than 79 million Swiss francs (80 million dollars) in the last five years, an internal investigation by the world football body has revealed.

Corruption allegations against FIFA and football

Chronology of events around corruption in football and at the ruling football body FIFA since a first round of arrests ahead of the 2015 FIFA congress.

FIFA punishes Croatia for incidents at two friendlies

The international football federation, FIFA, has ordered Croatia to play their next two home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors and fined it with 150,000 Swiss francs after incidents at two recent friendlies, played against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, and against Hungary in Budapest.

FIFA committee recommends two-year ban for ex-German football boss

FIFA's ethics committee Friday opened adjudicatory proceedings against former German football federation (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach and will consider a two-year football ban.

FIFA audit and compliance chief Scala resigns in reform row

FIFA's independent audit and compliance chairman Domenico Scala resigned Saturday in protest at a congress decision he says "undermines" reforms at football's scandal-hit governing body.

FIFA president Infantino defends new council rights

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has defended a decision to allow its new-look council the right to appoint and dismiss members of key governance and compliance committees.

FIFA appoints Fatma Samoura as No 2, admits Kosovo, Gibraltar

FIFA Friday appointed Senegalese UN executive Fatma Samoura secretary general while giving Kosovo and Gibraltar the go-ahead to play in World Cup qualifiers as football governing body's newest members.

Platini to quit after football ban upheld but reduced

Michel Platini will step down as president of European football's governing body UEFA after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld his football ban but reduced it from six to four years.

Platini football ban reduced to four years in CAS ruling

UEFA president Michel Platini's six-year ban from football was reduced to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday.

Kosovo admitted as 55th member of UEFA, Platini still welcome back

Kosovo has been admitted as the 55th member of UEFA at the 40th congress of the European football confederation in Budapest on Tuesday while banned president Michel Platini could yet be welcomed back.

Platini appeals against ban at CAS hearing

UEFA president Michel Platini appealed on Friday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a six-year ban from football.

Infantino criticizes Panama Papers TV deal reports as "disgrace"

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described reporting over a TV contract which emerged in the leaked Panama Papers affair as a "disgrace."

Swiss police search UEFA offices over TV deal

Swiss police searched the headquarters of European football body UEFA in Nyon on Wednesday and were handed details of a contract with an offshore marketing agency signed off by new FIFA president and former UEFA executive Gianni Infantino.

FIFA president Infantino welcomes probe over TV contract

FIFA president Gianni Infantino welcomes "any investigation" relating to a TV contract he signed while working for UEFA.

FIFA ethics committee probes awarding of 2006 World Cup to Germany

The FIFA ethics committee has started a probe against six men led by football icon Franz Beckenbauer in connection with the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

FIFA reports 122 million dollars in losses for 2015

Joseph Blatter earned 3.63 million Swiss francs (3.32 million euros) as FIFA president in 2015 and football's governing body Thursday reported losses of 109.8 million euros (122 million dollars) in a year plagued by scandals.

FIFA seeks "tens of millions" in damages over corruption charges

FIFA has filed for restitution of "tens of millions of dollars" from former football officials indicted in the United States on corruption charges.

Blatter confident on ban appeal, says 2006 WC probe "German problem"

Former FIFA president Joseph Blatter believes his six-year football ban will be overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

FIFA ethics committee looks at probe into German payments

FIFA's ethics committee is examining a law firm's report into investigations of payments made by German officials in connection with the 2006 World Cup.

Merkel calls for transparency amid football probes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more transparency in football in comments following corruption investigations which have affected the sport's governing body FIFA and the German federation DFB.

Blatter offers Infantino help but warns on friends

Joseph Blatter has offered his help to newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino but has told him miracles will be expected and friends "become rare."

Infantino to play football before starting football reform job

New president Gianni Infantino will play football on his first official working day Monday before starting the daunting task of implementing reforms to lead FIFA out of its deepest crisis.

Putin congratulates Infantino, sees close cooperation with FIFA

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Gianni Infantino on his election as president of FIFA and highlighted cooperation between the 2018 World Cup hosts and football's world governing body.

Infantino president, reforms approved as FIFA seeks fresh start

Gianni Infantino was elected FIFA president on Friday in what football's ruling body hopes will be a major step towards restoring credibility amid continuing US and Swiss corruption investigations.

Infantino top in FIFA vote but 2/3 majority missed; second round

Switzerland's Gianni Infantino leads the first round of voting for the presidency of the ruling body FIFA but fails to miss a required two-thirds majority as a second round of voting is needed.

FIFA approves wide-ranging reform package

Football's beleaguered ruling body FIFA approves a wide-ranging reform package with an overwhelming majority of 89 per cent to restore its credibility in the wake of corruption probes.

Kuwait, Indonesia remain suspended; 207 FIFA members to vote

The cases of suspended FIFA members Indonesia and Kuwait will be dealt with at the next ordinary congress of the ruling football body in May

Report: German World Cup organizers paid FIFA for increased grant

New research by a German news magazine has thrown fresh doubts on a claim that the country's 2006 World Cup organizers made a payment to FIFA to secure a grant of some 170 million euros (187 million dollars) from football's governing body.

Final meetings and lobbying ahead of FIFA congress

Five of football's six confederations were holding final meetings on the eve of Friday's extraordinary congress of the ruling body FIFA where a new president will be elected and a crucial reform package is presented for approval.

Blatter, Platini bans reduced; FIFA executives want reforms approved

Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini have had appeals against football bans rejected, and although the bans were shortened from eight to six years, they will miss Friday's crucial congress of the corruption-tainted ruling body FIFA.

Swiss authority identifies 152 suspicious transactions in FIFA probe

Switzerland's money laundering watchdog has identified 152 suspicious banking transactions in relation to possible football corruption, a prosecution spokesman says.

Beleaguered FIFA set to elect new president and pass reform package

FIFA elects a new president to succeed now banned Joseph Blatter and is to approve a wide-ranging reform package at its congress Friday in order to restore credibility. Further meetings including a UEFA congress are also scheduled amid hopes there will be no further arrests of officials in connection with corruption investigations.

Blatter at FIFA headquarters to appeal eight-year ban

Jospeh Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters Tuesday to appeal against his eight-year ban from all football-related activity.

Corruption allegations against FIFA

Chronology of corruption allegations directed against the ruling football body FIFA.

FIFA former secretary general Valcke banned 12 years by ethics committee

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who served as right-hand man to Joseph Blatter for almost a decade, was Friday banned for 12 years by the ethics committee of football's world governing body.

FIFA candidate Infantino visits Iran in battle for votes

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino arrived in Iran on Wednesday after deciding to leave no stone unturned in his bid for votes in this month's FIFA presidential election.

European clubs against expanded World Cup, back Infantino for FIFA

Leading European clubs will oppose any plans to expand the World Cup finals to 40 nations and are not considering a "super league" as an alternative to the Champions League, it emerged Tuesday from the European Club Association (ECA) general meeting in Paris.

Belgium remain top in FIFA rankings; Hungary, Palestine climb

Belgium maintained first place and Hungary rose to a best ever 19th in the latest football world rankings issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA, with most changes coming in the lower regions.

Infantino gets broad European backing for FIFA presidential bid

The football federations of 2018 World Cup hosts Russia, Denmark and Moldova were the latest on Wednesday to announce their support of Gianni Infantino in his bid for the presidency of the world governing body FIFA.

Infantino unveils plans for first 90 days if elected FIFA president

Gianni Infantino unveiled a plan of action on Monday for his first 90 days if he's elected FIFA president.

Real and Atletico Madrid to appeal against FIFA transfer bans

Real and Atletico Madrid will appeal the transfer bans placed on them by world football body FIFA, the Spanish clubs said Thursday.

Italy refused to vote in protest over Ballon d'Or list

A spokesperson from the Italian football federation (FIGC) said that the refusal to vote was meant to be a signal to the world football governing body.

FIFA chamber to appeal, wants tougher bans for Blatter, Platini

FIFA ethics investigatory chamber intends to appeal against the eight-year bans imposed on Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini and is calling for tougher sanctions.

World Footballer of the Year award winners

Lionel Messi and Carli Lloyd were on Monday crowned as the FIFA Ballon d'Or winners for 2015. The following is a list of all men's and women's winners since the FIFA World Player award was introduced in 1991. Men's award: Year Name Country Club(s)

Blatter to appeal FIFA ban, lawyer says

Joseph Blatter, the barred head of the world football body FIFA, will appeal his eight-year ban, his lawyer said Sunday.

Blatter, Platini get full reasons for bans from FIFA ethics body

Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini have been sent the full reasons for their eight-year bans from football, the ethics committee of the ruling body FIFA said on Saturday.

Report: Platini withdraws candidacy from FIFA presidential election

UEFA president Michel Platini has withdrawn his candidacy for the FIFA presidency, French sports daily L'Equipe reported Thursday.

Belgium retain first place in FIFA rankings, Croatia 18

Belgium maintained first place in an unchanged top 10 of football's world rankings issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA.

CONCACAF chief agrees extradition to US

Suspended senior FIFA official Alfredo Hawit has agreed to be extradited to the United States on corruption charges, Swiss officials said Wednesday.

FIFA ethics committee recommends nine-year ban for Valcke

Suspended FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke faces being banned from football for nine years on the recommendation of the ethics committee of the game's world governing body.

Corruption, doping and terror cast a dark shadow over 2015 sport

Usain Bolt sprinted to yet another world title treble in 2015 while three major football organizations led by FIFA need a new president after the old ones were swept away by corruption affairs. A major doping affair around the ruling athletics body IAAF and Russia also overshadowed Bolt's achievement.

TIH urges Croatian Football Federation to publish names of its sponsors, data on funds received from FIFA

The survey shows that the Croatian Football Federation does not make its financial reports publicly available and it also does not publish annual reports on its activities.