North American qualifying for 2022 World Cup delayed

Thirty lower-ranked nations were due to play four qualifiers each this year but those games should now start in March 2021. Only three of those teams will advance to join the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras in a final eight-team group, from which three teams will qualify directly for the 2022 tournament […]

Israel Plans to Broadcast 2018 World Cup to Arab States as Gesture of Respect

Israel named the decision to broadcast the 2018 World Cup “a historic step,” that confirms the status of the Arabic language and the respect that Israel has for it, as Arabs amount to 20 percent of the country’s population. The FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15. The matches will take place at 12 venues in 11 cities […]

Michael Cheika quits as Australia head coach after crashing out of Rugby World Cup

“I have no regrets making that call, but yes, I would love to stay on. I really feel attached to the team and it is an honour to have this role as the coach of Australia. I take it with a lot of pride and a lot of honour. But, like I said, I made […]

Putin critical of Russia’s soccer team ahead of World Cup

Russia has won just one of its last 10 games and crashed out of this summer’s European Championship without winning a game. Despite all this, the team has been set a target of reaching the semifinals in 2018.

CONCACAF to change World Cup qualifying schedule

“Many parts of the region continue to have very challenging public health situations, and that has been a key factor in this decision. Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.”

FIFA, Twitter ‘In Panic’ as English Team May Boycott 2018 World Cup

Meanwhile Spanish publication AS has reported that FIFA is in a state of panic over growing international calls for a World Cup boycott. “Publicly, world football’s governing body has remained silent, but high-ranking officials are privately acknowledging that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal has been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Tensions have reached breaking point,” the publication wrote.

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.

USA Rugby announces steps towards World Cup bid, backed by MLR owners

Mortlock did not reply to an email seeking comment but Patterson said: “San Diego Legion and other MLR owners created Rugby Growth Investments to fund opportunities at all levels of the North American rugby ecosystem. Partnering with USA Rugby to finance a RWC bid for 2027 would be transformational event that would fast-track game-wide growth.”

ICC World Cup 2019: Full list of awards, prize money and statistics

Need to accept it as a part and parcel of life: Kane Williamson on New Zealand’s dramatic loss in World Cup final

Rugby should look at 1987 World Cup and take another leap into unknown

That will only occur if inroads are made into countries such as the United States, Germany and Brazil, not to forget Japan. That requires the focused, dynamic leadership that runs contrary to the way the game is set up. The past few months have given unions the chance to reflect as they watch their bank […]