CONCACAF postpones World Cup qualifiers to March

Under CONCACAF’s qualifying format, the winners of each of the six first-round groups will play a two-legged knockout tie for a place in the last phase. Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras have already secured a place in the final round by virtue of their rankings.

Vietnam suspends national team call-up as World Cup Asian qualifiers delayed again

“With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches,” the statement said.

North American qualifying for 2022 World Cup delayed

ZURICH (AP) — The start of World Cup qualifying for lower-ranked teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean was postponed Tuesday until next year, which means there aren’t enough remaining dates in the current FIFA calendar to complete the program.

CONMEBOL clears Messi to play in opening World Cup qualifier

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — Lionel Messi will be free to play in Argentina’s opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador next month after the forward’s suspension was deemed to be no longer valid, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday.

Dota vu: Valve’s world cup of e-sports is having another moment in the spotlight

This week, I spoke with Victor Goossens, the co-CEO of Team Liquid, the group that won TI7 and collected a prize of $10,862,683. Not every team operates like Liquid, which is a pro organization with investor funding and e-sports teams represented in League of Legends and Counter-Strike. It covers the expenses of its five Dota […]

Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

“The difference between fa’afafine and transgender are loosely defined by the spiritual and physical,” Kaimana says. “Those that identify as transgender express their physical gender differently from their assigned sex at birth. Whereas fa’afafine, we inherently recognise that we carry energies of both sides. The way we choose to express ourselves physically is irrelevant to […]

Ronaldo at the double, France see off Croatia in World Cup final repeat

Southgate can use that distraction and a lack of match fitness ahead of the start to the Premier League season on Saturday as excuses for the Three Lions’ lack of sharpness going forward, in sharp contrast to their free-scoring form in qualifying for Euro 2020 prior to the coronavirus shutdown.

India football players remember how Stimac stirred team to play well against Qatar last year

“Nobody knew that this dinner and speech would have such an impact. That’s the power of words for you. At those moments, those words gave us great confidence. When I think of the whole experience now, I feel lucky that I am a part of this highly talented group.” Gurpreet, who made 11 saves in […]

Draw against Qatar stands out right up there with the best: Sunil Chhetri

— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 10, 2020 Coach Igor Stimac made four changes to the starting line-up from the team that lost against Oman, but the biggest setback was when Chhetri could not recover in time from his viral infection.

AFC Cup, AFC Futsal Club Championship 2020 cancelled

Vietnam could wait until 2022 for World Cup qualifiers FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have revealed that they are set to reschedule the Vietnam national team’s remaining 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures against Malaysia, Indonesia, and the UAE to next year.