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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

Austria celebrate their win over the Netherlands…and 3rd place in Group A.

Fans hoping to see a rematch of the Netherlands-Spain World Cup final played out on a younger stage will be disappointed to learn that they will have to wait at least another two years for the senior European Championships in 2012 after the Netherlands were elimated today.  Because only the top three teams in each group qualify for the U20 FIFA World Cup next year, the Dutch team’s elimination in last place in their group also rules out their participation along with Italy.   Each group’s third… Continue reading

Soccer rules are not difficult to understand, and the simplest rule is that the team that scores the most goals in the course of the game wins.  Soccer is a straightforward game with simple rules to understand.  The maximum length of the ground is 200 yards and breadth is 100 yards.  Referee in the game ensures that all the players follow the set rules.

A soccer game lasts for two separate half, and each period lasts for forty-five minutes.  As per official soccer rules, each team can have ten outfield players and one goalkeeper on… Continue reading

England 1 – USA 1

The hype, the media circus, the promise of a renewed power and a plucky upstart and it was all defined by one man, one ball, one howler.

The World Cup is hours old and we’ve already had what may reign as the tournament’s biggest blooper – it’s really hard to imagine worse. In the 40th minute, Clint Dempsey shot a harmless bounder in to goal and Robert Green just fumbled it, all the way into the back of the net. A cruel goal on England and a cruel goal on Robert Green, who will endure… Continue reading

Flair midfielders are as varied as they are valued. You can discuss the merits of anyone from Hoddle to Rivaldo, as there is no fixed position for the role. Perhaps the only qualification is the ability to turn a match from deep with a piece of individual brilliance. Paul Gascoigne and Steven Gerrard are two driving forces who could influence a match in any number of ways and two of England’s most renowned flair midfielders in the last quarter century. Anyone over the age of 30 will remember Paul Gascoigne’s tears at Italia ‘90 – born of frustration… Continue reading


Karen Duggan speaks to 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, 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]

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 moved a step closer on Wednesday 17 January, with the announcement of the match schedule. [read]

In the hunt to win the first ever MLS Cup, New York Red Bulls have already made a new signing – two-time Grand Finalist Michael Labelle. [read]

As they chase a first FIFA Women's World Cup in the wake of humbling two-time champions Germany, Iceland are reaping the benefits of significant FIFA Forward-supported investment. hears [read]