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.

Zurich mosque attack probe reveals killing by occultist suspect

The man who opened fire in a Zurich mosque and then took his life had earlier killed an acquaintance with a knife before beginning the shooting spree, investigators said Tuesday.

Man opens fire on praying Muslims in Zurich, injures three men

An assailant shot and injured three men who were praying at a Muslim religious centre in central Zurich on Monday, local police said.

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.

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.

Switzerland to open world's longest rail tunnel on key Alpine route

Switzerland is set to celebrate a world record Wednesday with the new Gotthard tunnel, built to boost cargo traffic in the Alps. But it may take years until the tunnel translates into a transport breakthrough.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Corruption allegations against FIFA

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

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.