Soccer Insider: fifa


Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/13/2014

FIFA’s latest rankings and the World Cup’s degree of difficulty

Using FIFA’s latest rankings as a guide, the United States remains in the most difficult World Cup group in Brazil this summer.

By Steven Goff  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, fifa

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Winter weather a huge obstacle to MLS conforming to FIFA calendar

How do you schedule matches when the threat of a storm or deep freeze looms?

By Steven Goff  |  01:38 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fifa, MLS

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013

2014 soccer calendar

A list of more than 50 key dates on the 2014 U.S. and international soccer schedule, including the World Cup in Brazil.

By Steven Goff  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  college cup, fifa, MLS, world soccer

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Video: Ronaldinho goal at Club World Cup

Ronaldinho scores on a sparking free kick but Atletico Mineiro drops a 3-1 result to Raja Casablanca in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinals.

By Steven Goff  |  06:10 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  club world cup, fifa

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013

As the World Cup draw approaches

World Cup draw simulator. Brazil travel challenges. Adidas official ball. U.S. friendly against South Korea. FIFA app for smartphones. Nike’s “Dare to Be Brasilian” video.

By Steven Goff  |  09:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, fifa, U.S. national team

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Europe’s World Cup playoff qualifying draw

Portugal will face Sweden in a heavyweight pairing of a 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff next month.

By Steven Goff  |  09:16 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, fifa

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/17/2013

FIFA rankings and World Cup seeds

Based on global rankings, FIFA has set the top eight seeds ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

By Steven Goff  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, CONCACAF, fifa, uefa

Posted at 11:32 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Spain routs U.S. at FIFA Under-20 World Cup

Details and video from Spain's 4-1 victory over the United States at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

By Steven Goff  |  11:32 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fifa, U.S. soccer, under-20 world cup

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Video: Abby Wambach sets scoring record

Abby Wambach broke Mia Hamm's international soccer scoring record by netting four goals for the U.S. national team against South Korea.

By Steven Goff  |  11:08 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fifa, U.S. soccer, u.s. women's national team

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Tuesday kickaround

Washington Spirit players living in a retirement community. Abby Wambach update. D.C. United stadium update. Matt Reis' father-in-law. Manchester United champions. UEFA Champions League. Sunil Gulati. Bob the reader.

By Steven Goff  |  09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fifa, manchester united, MLS, Roundup, uefa champions league, washington spirit

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Thursday kickaround

Galaxy advances in CONCACAF Champions League. Brad Friedel and Spurs face Inter Milan in Europa League. USA wins Algarve Cup. USA men's friendly vs. Belgium. Americans abroad.

By Steven Goff  |  10:36 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Americans abroad, concacaf champions league, fifa, Roundup, U.S. national team, u.s. women's national team, uefa champions league

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Michael Seaton's U-17 eligibility status

D.C. United's Michael Seaton was in the U.S. under-17 national team's plans until the USSF realized he had represented Jamaica last summer.

By Steven Goff  |  04:25 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CONCACAF, D.C. United, fifa, U.S. national team, U.S. soccer, ussf

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Wambach, Messi are FIFA players of year

U.S. striker Abby Wambach and Argentine forward Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or awards as the FIFA players of the year.

By Steven Goff  |  02:48 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fifa, lionel messi, U.S. national team, U.S. soccer, women's soccer

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Garber responds to Blatter's criticism

MLS Commissioner Don Garber responds to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's criticism of the U.S. pro soccer league.

By Steven Goff  |  06:45 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fifa, Major League Soccer, MLS

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Wednesday kickaround: Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, U.S. national team, MLS, D.C. United, NASL

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, U.S. national team, MLS, D.C. United, NASL

By Steven Goff  |  10:39 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jamaica, U.S. national team, FIFA, MLS, NASL, D.C. United

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Juergen Klinsmann will name U.S. roster for Mexico friendly on Sunday

Juergen Klinsmann will unveil the U.S. roster Sunday for the Mexico friendly next week.

By Steven Goff  |  08:11 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. national team, Mexico, FIFA, Juergen Klinsmann

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 08/08/2012

Wednesday kickaround: U.S. women’s soccer team, Alex Morgan, Pia Sundhage, FIFA men’s rankings, U.S. Open Cup, Manchester United vs. Barcelona, AC Milan vs. Real Madrid, Americans abroad

U.S. women’s soccer, Alex Morgan, Pia Sundhage, FIFA rankings, U.S. Open Cup, Manchester United, Barcelona, Americans abroad

By Steven Goff  |  10:49 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, U.S. women's team, MLS, U.S. Open Cup, Americans abroad, FIFA

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 07/04/2012

Wednesday kickaround: Happy 4th of July

Today’s roundup takes a “four” theme, from MLS to the World Cup and FIFA to uniform numbers.

By Steven Goff  |  10:59 AM ET, 07/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS, FIFA

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Euro 2012: Sepp Blatter says goal-line technology is a ‘necessity’

The latest missed goal call cost Ukraine a chance to advance to the quarterfinals, and now, finally, FIFA’s president is ready to make a change.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA, Euro 2012

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/11/2012

FIFA rankings: Spain is No. 1, USA at 29

Spain remains atop the FIFA rankings, with Germany second and Uruguay third. The U.S. national team is 29th.

By Steven Goff  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA rankings, U.S. national team, Lionel Messi, Spain, Diego Maradona, FIFA

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, officiating changes, Alex Morgan, FIFA rankings

D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, officiating changes, Alex Morgan, FIFA rankings

By Steven Goff  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, U.S. national team, women's soccer, FIFA rankings, CONCACAF

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 02/27/2012

TV & online streaming video for Wednesday friendlies, including USA at Italy, France at Germany, Netherlands at England

Wednesday’s lineup of friendlies includes the U.S. national team at Italy, Germany vs. France and England vs. Netherlands

By Steven Goff  |  07:19 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. national team, FIFA, Italy, TV listings

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 12/21/2011

2012 soccer calendar: European Championship, Olympics, World Cup qualifying, African Cup of Nations

With 2011 winding down, we look ahead to a busy 2012 calendar for soccer/football/futbol/fussball/calcio.

By Steven Goff  |  02:34 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Championship, FIFA, Olympics, World Cup, MLS, NCAA soccer

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Monday kickaround: American Samoa, FIFA rankings, Washington coaches, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, MLS, Maryland Terrapins, NCAA tournaments

American Samoa, FIFA rankings, Washington coaches, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, MLS, Maryland Terrapins, NCAA tournaments

By Steven Goff  |  09:42 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS, FIFA, D.C. United, World Cup, NCAA soccer

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 11/17/2011

David Beckham says Sepp Blatter’s comments about racism in soccer were ‘appalling’

David Beckham says FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s comments about racism in soccer were ‘appalling’

By Steven Goff  |  09:59 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA, David Beckham, MLS Cup

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United, Portland Timbers, MLS, CONCACAF, FIFA, NCAA, TV

D.C. United, Portland Timbers, MLS, CONCACAF, FIFA, NCAA, TV

By Steven Goff  |  08:48 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS, CONCACAF, TV listings, NCAA soccer, FIFA

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 09/21/2011

FIFA rankings: Spain is No. 1, USA at No. 31

Reigning World Cup champion Spain is back atop the FIFA rankings. The United States is No. 31, 11 slots behind archrival Mexico.

By Steven Goff  |  11:26 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA, U.S. national team, Spain

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Galaxy’s Landon Donovan vs. Giants’ Tim Lincecum. EA Sports FIFA Soccer 12. It’s on.

Galaxy star Landon Donovan’s showdown with Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum in EA Sports FIFA Soccer 12.

By Steven Goff  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Landon Donovan, MLS, Tim Lincecum, FIFA

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 07/27/2011

What soccer can learn from baseball in regards to officiating explanations

A controversial play in the Braves-Pirates baseball game, and the umpires’ explanation afterward, should serve as a lesson for soccer.

By Steven Goff  |  12:10 PM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS, FIFA, baseball

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Friday kickaround: Women’s World Cup, FIFA rankings, Ali Krieger chat, MLS, Mike Ammann, D.C. United

FIFA women’s rankings, Ali Krieger online chat, MLS moves, Mike Ammann, D.C. United review.

By Steven Goff  |  09:47 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA, MLS, D.C. United

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 07/10/2011

Sunday kickaround: D.C. United victory, FIFA scandal, USA vs. Brazil in Women’s World Cup

In the Sunday kickaround, we look at D.C. United’s victory at New York, another twist in the FIFA bribe scandal and the Women’s World Cup.

By Steven Goff  |  10:16 AM ET, 07/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, FIFA, Women's World Cup

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Wednesday kickaround: Sepp Blatter, FIFA, Canada, Grenada, DaMarcus Beasley, Argentina, Copa America, Colombia, Women’s World Cup

Sepp Blatter, on brink of winning another term as FIFA president, proposes changes to World Cup selection process. DaMarcus Beasley is looking to sign in Mexico. It’s a busy night for Canadian soccer.

By Steven Goff  |  08:37 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA, MLS, U.S. soccer

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 05/30/2011

Video: The One and Only Sepp Blatter

With FIFA in turmoil and ethics allegations continuing to surface, FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to reporters in Zurich. It was a vintage performance.

By Steven Goff  |  10:38 PM ET, 05/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 05/19/2011

FIFA rankings: Spain remains No. 1, USA 22nd

World Cup champion Spain remains in the top spot in the FIFA rankings. The United States, Spain’s opponent June 4 outside Boston, is No. 22.

By Steven Goff  |  02:32 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FIFA, U.S. national team

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 03/08/2011

FIFA: No major changes to 2014 World Cup allocations. CONCACAF retains 3 automatic berths, one playoff

CONCACAF will receive three automatic berths and one playoff slot. Europe leads the way with 13 invitations to Brazilian-hosted tournament.

By Steven Goff  |  04:26 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup, FIFA, Brazil

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 03/03/2011

FIFA makes no major changes to 2014 World Cup bids: CONCACAF again with 3 automatic slots, one playoff entry

CONCACAF, the region encompassing North and Central America and the Caribbean, will receive three automatic berths in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and send an additional team to a qualifying playoff -- no change from recent tournaments. The organization had been lobbying FIFA to eliminate the playoff stage and...

By Steve Goff  |  10:13 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  2014 World Cup, CONCACAF, FIFA, U.S. men's national team | Tags:  FIFA, World Cup