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Victims of FIFA’s scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues

America's soccer player Russo heads the ball as teammate Marlon watches during practice at the America Football club on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 29, 2015. "The majority of soccer clubs in Brazil have big problems," said fellow player Braz. "Players aren't paid, and then you see how the CBF benefits with so much money and luxury," referring to the Brazilian Football Confederation. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren’t as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can’t afford to travel and developmental leagues that can’t pay referees.

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Things to know about the Under-20 World Cup

In this June 10, 2008 file photo, England's rugby team players stretch during their training at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off Saturday, May 30, 2015 in New Zealand. The final will be held at Auckland's 25,000-seat North Harbour Stadium on June 20. (Wayne Drought/NZPA via AP, File) NEW ZEALAND OUT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The under-20 World Cup kicks off Saturday in New Zealand and will likely feature some of the stars of the future. Here’s some things to know:

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