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FIFA scraps plans for 48-team World Cup in 2022

Bruce Arena says the USMNT's World Cup qualifying failure in 2017 did not factor into his decision to take the head-coaching job with New England.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

FIFA has given up on its efforts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, football's world governing body announced on Wednesday.

"In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," a FIFA statement read on Thursday.

"Following a thorough and comprehensive...

Ex-FIFA president Blatter: Money at risk of ruining football

He's back.... disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was reportedly invited to the World Cup by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Sepp Blatter has said football must remain accessible.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, ousted during a corruption scandal, has said money is at risk of ruining the sport.

FIFA's Ethics Committee banned Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, from all football activities in 2015 after finding him guilty of unethical conduct related to a global corruption scandal.

Switzerland's attorney general is still investigating cases of suspected corruption involving world football's governing body which date back to 2014 and Blatter's presidency.

"People already...

FIFA makes super-agent Mino Raiola's three-month ban worldwide

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Ross Dyer predict a few notable fixtures from Serie A this weekend with the race for top four at fever pitch.

FIFA has extended agent Mino Raiola's three-month ban imposed by the Italian FA to be worldwide, the sport's governing body announced on Friday.

"The Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today decided to extend the sanctions imposed by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) on the intermediaries Carmine [Mino] and Vincenzo Raiola to have worldwide effect," FIFA said in a statement. "Carmine Raiola is suspended for a period of three months and Vincenzo Raiola for a period of two months....

FIFA rules against solidarity payments over Yedlin's Tottenham transfer

DeAndre Yedlin celebrates after scoring in Newcastle's Premier League match at Manchester City.
Newcastle's DeAndre Yedlin moved from Seattle Sounders in MLS to Tottenham in 2014.

FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) has ruled against Redmond, Washington based youth club Crossfire Premier in its bid to receive solidarity payments related to the 2014 transfer of DeAndre Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders to Tottenham Hotspur, according to documents acquired by ESPN FC.

The five-person panel didn't specify a reason for ruling against Crossfire, but Lance Reich, the attorney representing Crossfire in the case, said he would immediately file a request with the DRC to receive...

Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June's congress in Paris.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

New Brazil football chief promises 'transparency' to help clean up image

The crew weigh up Neymar's level after he fell outside the top 10 in ESPN Brazil's poll of greatest post-Pele players for the Selecao.
Roberto Firmino equalized and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning brace to give Brazil 3-1 come-from-behind victory against the Czech Republic.
International Friendly: Gabriel Jesus (90') Czech Republic 1-3 Brazil
International Friendly: Gabriel Jesus (83') Czech Republic 1-2 Brazil
International Friendly: Roberto Firmino (49') Czech Republic 1-1 Brazil
After Brazil's draw against Panama, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Gab Marcotti delve into where the weaknesses lie for the 5-time world champions.

The next president of the Brazilian football confederation took office Tuesday with allies hoping he can clean up the image of the scandal-tainted body.

Rogerio Caboclo, a 46-year-old finance lawyer, ran as the only candidate and follows a group of men who have been discredited, investigated, suspended from FIFA and even jailed because of corruption.

"I am aware of CBF's worn out image, I will face this. We will increase our governance controls. I will not tolerate any suspicious practice of misconduct,"...