• Venezuela coach offers to quit if it helps players’ dispute

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente has offered to step down if it helps the national soccer team’s dispute with their federation.

  • FIFA sponsors demand ‘independent oversight’ of reforms

    LONDON (AP) — Five World Cup sponsors have written to FIFA’s executive committee demanding “independent oversight” of the reform process in their latest intervention that highlights concerns about their links to soccer’s scandal-battered governing body.

    Updated: 1:26 pm

  • Marin having trouble coming up with $1M cash bond

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Brazilian soccer federation president Jose Maria Marin is having trouble coming up with the $1 million he is to post as part of his bond on federal corruption changes.

    Updated: 10:53 am

  • Head of Brazilian federation subject of senate investigation

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The embattled president of the Brazilian soccer confederation is under investigation for marketing deals with a major carmaker.

  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, laments after missing a goal during their Spanish La Liga soccer match, between SD Eibar and Real Madrid, at Ipurua stadium in Eibar, northern Spain, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Real Madrid won the match 2-0. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    Neymar on Ballon D’Or shortlist alongside Messi, Ronaldo

    ZURICH (AP) — Neymar has made the three-man Ballon D’Or shortlist for the first time, alongside Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and title holder Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • In this Nov. 22, 2010, file photo, Joao Havelange, a former FIFA president, speaks during an interview at the Soccerex Global Convention in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Havelange is being treated in a Rio de Janeiro hospital for respiratory problems. The 99-year old Brazilian, who handed over the FIFA presidency in 1998 to Sepp Blatter, was hospitalized a year ago for a similar problem. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    99-year-old Havelange released from Rio de Janeiro hospital

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former FIFA president Joao Havelange was released Saturday from a Rio de Janeiro hospital where he was treated for 12 days for what doctors called “respiratory problems.”

  • Ukraine handed 1-game stadium ban for racism

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine was ordered to play a game behind closed doors as part of a UEFA punishment for racist behavior at last month’s European Championship qualifier against Spain.

  • Asian soccer body urges support for FIFA candidate Salman

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman received an endorsement Friday from his executive committee colleagues at the Asian soccer confederation.

  • Del Nero quits FIFA executive committee, Sarney takes over

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian Football Confederation said its president Marco Polo del Nero stepped down Thursday from FIFA’s executive committee and will be replaced by Fernando Sarney.

  • Qatar launches probe after rains exposed poor construction

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has launched an investigation after heavy rains exposed poor construction in a country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a deluge that saw water cascade through the roof of its $15 billion main airport.