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Inside Los Angeles’ Bidding Process to Host the 2026 World Cup

In early 2018, before the Los Angeles Football Club had participated in its first Major League Soccer match and Banc of California Stadium at Exposition Park had opened, the L.A. World Cup Host Committee began the process to campaign for its spot as a host city for the 2026 World Cup. The international competition hosted […]

Electronic Arts Spins Loss of FIFA Rights, Plans Soccer Gaming Future

Electronic Arts, the venerable video game company, is facing a turning point in its critical sports division. The company announced Tuesday that it would be parting ways with FIFA after the next game in the franchise is released, ending a 20-year partnership that led to the world’s most popular soccer video game. So while the […]

FIFA Launching Soccer-Focused Streaming Platform FIFA+

World soccer’s highest governing body is getting into the streaming game. FIFA, which is headquartered in Europe and is the organization that oversees the World Cup, has unveiled FIFA+, a free, ad-funded platform launching today as an app and website that will encompass live soccer games from domestic leagues around the world, plus archive clips […]

World Cup Organizers Suspend Russia From Top Soccer Competitions

Russia has been suspended from all top soccer competitions staged by FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, and European soccer governing body UEFA “until further notice.” The sanctions, unveiled on Monday, follow Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and an earlier and controversial decision to impose restrictions on the Russian team in marquee soccer competitions ahead of the […]

World Cup Organizers Plan Ban on Russian Flag and Name, Not Russian Team

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, bowed on Sunday to pressure from its members and vocal fans to penalize Russia for the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The soccer organization proposed a series of restrictions on the Russian team, including banning Russia’s name, flag and anthem, and requiring all matches involving the Russian team to be played […]

Fox Sports Extends Deal With Twitter for FIFA World Cups

Fox Sports, which owns the English-language broadcast rights to the FIFA World Cup through 2026, is extending its deal with Twitter for coverage of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Soccer fans will get to see match highlights, almost in real-time, […]