Why is Morocco struggling to stay in the 2026 World Cup contest?

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

FIFA is struggling to move on from the most tainted chapter in its history, even as it attempts to award another World Cup.With less than three months to go until the host of the 2026 World Cup is decided, FIFA is still assessing allegations of skullduggery around the voting more than seven years ago for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.Can the expedited contest between North America and Morocco really be bulletproof, free of scandal, as soccer’s governing body promises?There’s intrigue ...

AFC welcomes lifting of Iraq ban for competitive matches

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Saturday welcomed the FIFA Council’s decision to lift a ban on Iraq, allowing the country to host competitive matches in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala. Iraq has largely been starved of international matches on home soil since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, although the country held a handful of friendlies, including a February 28 match against Saudi Arabia in Basra. “This is a significant moment in shaping the future of football in ...

Morocco bid: $16bn for 2026 World Cup venues, infrastructure

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Morocco says it will need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated.With less than three months until the FIFA vote, the north African nation on Saturday presented details of its proposal to take on the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.The North American bid plans to rely on existing infrastructure, including large NFL stadiums already hosting events.When FIFA insiders ...

FIFA finally approves video review to use at World Cup 2018

Saturday, 17 March 2018

FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup. The last step toward giving match officials high-tech help in Russia was agreed to on Friday by FIFA's ruling council chaired by President Gianni Infantino. "We are extremely happy with that decision," Infantino said at a news conference, adding it would lead to "a more transparent and fairer sport. We need to live with our times." FIFA will now look to sign a World Cup sponsor for video ...

FIFA lifts 15 year ban on Iraqi football

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The International Football Federation FIFA has lifted a long running ban on Iraq hoisting international games in the war ravaged country.FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday the decision to allow Iraq to host international matches in three cities, ending a ban that lasted since 2003.“We have decided today that three cities where we tested conditions for friendly matches for a year, Erbil, Basra and Karbala, were secure and adequate," Infantino said.The Iraqi team played ...

Pakistan’s international ban lifted by FIFA

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Pakistan’s ban from international soccer has been lifted by FIFA following the end of “undue third-party interference” in the country's football federation (PFF), the world governing body said on Wednesday. The ban, in force since October, had barred Pakistan’s teams, including the senior national side, from playing in international competition while the PFF was denied access to FIFA development and training programs. FIFA said it lifted the ban after an administrator ...

Football’s laws body approves VAR for World Cup

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Football’s lawmakers on Saturday approved video assistant referee technology (VAR) for this summer’s World Cup, in one of the biggest changes to the sport in years. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), meeting in Zurich, rubber-stamped a move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.“We came to the conclusion that VAR is good for football”, Infantino told reporters shortly after IFAB announced the decision. He added ...

Delays for VAR referrals negligible compared to other stoppages - Infantino

Friday, 2 March 2018

FIFA president Gianni Infantino defended the time it takes to clarify incidents referred to the video assistant referee (VAR) by saying the delays are negligible when compared to other stoppages that take place during a match. The system that allows off-pitch referees to re-examine a decision or an incident referred to them by the match official has been used in Bundesliga and Serie A this season and trialled in some English FA and League Cup games. However, VAR’s ...

Infantino still committed to video assistant referees at World Cup

Monday, 26 February 2018

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has not had any second thoughts about using video assistant referees (VAR) at this year’s World Cup, he told Reuters on Monday, despite recent controversies involving the new technology. His UEFA counterpart Aleksander Ceferin said, however, that the system would not be used in next season’s Champions League. VAR, which allows match referee to review decisions on a pitchside monitor or by consulting an assistant who monitors the game on a video, has ...

Banned ex-FIFA head Blatter backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct.Blatter tweeted on Thursday that “Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again!”The 2010 World Cup was staged in South Africa.Referencing the rival joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Blatter tweeted “co-Hosting rejected by FIFA after 2002.” That’s when the World Cup was in South Korea and ...

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