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We’ll be providing full coverage of tonight’s friendly match in Chicago between the US and Poland. Keep it here for all the pre-match and in-match commentary, and we’ll follow it up with a post-match recap.FINAL WHISTLE: An entertaining match between USA and Poland ends in a 2:2 tie. That’s all from the press box. Look for post match reaction in a separate post.

90+2 One last free kick chance for Holden.

90′ Corner from Holden starts a pinballing sequence in front of goal–but no luck for the US. Of course, it’s at the goal opposite my position,… Continue reading

A historic milestone was hit in the world of Twitter: 20 billion short little bursts, 19.9 of which belong to Darren Bent.

But in the process of learning about Twitterstones, we’ve found this surprising little nugget:

Twitter’s popularity in Japan has soared in the past year with the company estimating that the Japanese send about 12% of all tweets worldwide, second only to the US. One reason for this surge is that it is possible to say much more in Japanese than in English within Twitter’s 140 character limit. Twitter activity reached an all time high of 3,283 tweets… Continue reading

U19 Tournament hosts France celebrate after demolishing the Netherlands 4-1

CROATIA 1 – 2 SPAIN

Debutants Croatia were unable to overcome 4-time Champions, Spain, in the their first game of the of the competition despite taking the lead before half-time (42′).  The Croatian goal came as a bit of a surprise since the Spanish side had been dominating possession (shocking!)- but the Croatian were abel to break through with a long range effort from Andrijaševi?.  However, thats all Spain needed to rally and come from behind to score twice in the second half.  Thiago Alcántara brought Spain… Continue reading

Tryouts soccer

What if you were told that there are wiser methods of helping your team win through efficient soccer coaching? To take an example, before the tournament day, you must work hard at conditioning the kids at both the mental and physical level.

If you help them understand that they are working harder than the opposition, they will be better equipped to win.

Before the kick off: Warm-up soccer drills are able to give away a lot about a team. As an example, who will play from which position and their roles.

The kick off – make a… Continue reading

Team of the Day: Japan. How impressive has this team been over the course of this World Cup? Just an alarmingly organized and well-drilled side which is maximizing the very most of its talents – and today, the offensive talents were finally put on show when Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo were handed a set piece.

The world shall stop revolving, some six billion people stop breathing when those two stand over a free kick against Paraguay. Justo Villar best get some adult diapers ready. Team of the Day II: New Zealand. Excuse me – undefeated New Zealand.

Soak… Continue reading

Tryouts soccer

What if you were told that there are wiser methods of helping your team win through efficient soccer coaching? To take an example, before the tournament day, you must work hard at conditioning the kids at both the mental and physical level.

If you help them understand that they are working harder than the opposition, they will be better equipped to win.

Before the kick off: Warm-up soccer drills are able to give away a lot about a team. As an example, who will play from which position and their roles.

The kick off – make a… Continue reading

FIFA News

Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, and Paul Pogba star in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a rapid goal, some on-song Lions, and an all-time Barça-Real record being under threat. [read]

At the fifth FIFA Executive Football Summit of the 2017/2018 series in Amsterdam, representatives from 21 FIFA member associations held discussions on the FIFA Forward Programme, the future of youth a [read]

The Hamburg District Court has issued a preliminary injunction against Switzerland-based viagogo AG, banning the company from offering tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ via its viagogo.de on [read]

Karen Duggan speaks to FIFA.com about Republic of Ireland's quest to make the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ their first major tournament and explains why she has opted against turning profe [read]

In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week we look back to 1974 and the spectacular scenes that greeted the beaten Netherlands team on [read]

With just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018, with Germany remaining on t [read]

Presidents and general secretaries from 21 FIFA member associations and three confederations (AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA) debated issues, including the FIFA Forward Programme and the future of youth and w [read]

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies an [read]

Trinidad and Tobago will be the setting for the ninth edition of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, which begins on Thursday, with three places at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup up for [read]