Women's soccer

December 04, 2019 - 12:15 pm
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a move to raise the quality, profile and value of women’s soccer, UEFA is changing the Champions League format to include a group stage. The 2021-22 edition will have a 16-team group stage with increased revenue from the sale of centralized broadcast and sponsor deals,...
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Messi won the Ballon d'Or for sixth time. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 02, 2019 - 5:03 pm
After becoming the first six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi said he’s far from finished. “I hope to continue for a long time,” Messi said on Monday in Paris from behind a row of the trophies which honor the world’s best soccer player. “I realize that I am very lucky, even if, one day...
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President Donald Trump poses for photos with members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women's Hockey Team during the NCAA Collegiate National Champions Day at the White House, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
November 22, 2019 - 1:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday met with athletes and coaches from 22 collegiate national championship teams. The traditional honorary White House visit for champion college and pro sports teams has become a politically-loaded event in Trump’s presidency. Some athletes, including...
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Everton's Lucy Graham, right, and Manchester United's Katie Zelem battle for the ball during the FA Women's Continental League Cup match at Haig Avenue, Liverpool, England, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019. (Nigel French/PA via AP)
November 16, 2019 - 6:56 am
LONDON (AP) — Katie Zelem had to leave Manchester United to chase her dream, just to get a chance of making a career out of playing the game she loves. Zelem’s journey — from the return to United to becoming captain and a face of Adidas marketing — captures the rapid advances in women’s football in...
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United States forward Carli Lloyd, left, defender Emily Sonnett, center, and midfielder Rose Lavelle celebrate Lloyd's second goal against Sweden during the first half of a women's international friendly soccer match in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
November 09, 2019 - 4:18 pm
The U.S. women's national team has been granted class status in its lawsuit against U.S. Soccer that alleges gender discrimination in compensation and working conditions. U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner's ruling Friday in Los Angeles expands the case beyond the 28 players who originally...
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England's Jill Scott speaks during the press conference at Wembley Stadium, London, Friday Nov. 8, 2019. Returning to play at Wembley Stadium for a third time is a chance for Jill Scott to reflect. Scott using another visit by Germany on Saturday to bask in the advances in women’s soccer in England. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 2:29 pm
LONDON (AP) — Returning to play at Wembley Stadium for a third time is a chance for England midfielder Jill Scott to reflect. But not so much on her experience five years ago against Germany. "I remember coming on," Scott said, "and missing a sitter." The 32-year-old Scott will instead use the...
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November 07, 2019 - 8:27 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's football federation and players' union say they have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that closes the pay gap between the men's and women's national teams. The new four-year CBA announced on Wednesday ensures the Socceroos and Matildas receive a 24% share of...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, file photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea. The South Korean soccer association said Friday, Oct. 18, it has requested that North Korea be punished for blocking rival fans and media from attending a World Cup qualifier between the countries at an empty stadium in Pyongyang. (The Korea Football Association via AP, File)
October 30, 2019 - 12:37 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea won't send its women's soccer team to a regional competition in South Korea in December amid strained ties between the two countries. The East Asian Football Federation said Wednesday that North Korea informed it in mid-September that it won't take part in the...
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Vlatko Andonovski speaks during a news conference Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in New York. U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro named Andonovski as head coach in U.S. Women's National Team on Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 28, 2019 - 6:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Vlatko Andonovski is well aware of the expectations he faces as the new coach of the U.S women's national team. His predecessor, Jill Ellis, led the team to consecutive World Cup titles — an accomplishment her successor can only hope to equal. "What this team has done and what Jill...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski watches from the sideline before the NWSL soccer championship match in Portland, Ore. U.S. Soccer is expected to name Andonovski as the new head coach of the U.S. women's national team Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. A person with knowledge of the deal says, Andonovski, the current coach of the Reign FC in the NWSL, is expected to sign a contract with U.S. Soccer in the coming days. He would replace Jill Ellis, who led the U.S. team to back-to-back World Cup titles during her tenure as coach. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
October 25, 2019 - 2:42 pm
U.S. Soccer is expected to name Vlatko Andonovski as the new head coach of the women's national team. A person with knowledge of the deal said Andonovski, the current coach of the Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, is expected to sign a contract with U.S. Soccer in the coming days. The...
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