Tuesday's soccer news starts with the latest in Spain's La Liga attempting to play a game that counts in the United States as soon as this January. La Liga has a deal in place, but received pushback from the Spanish federation, the Spanish players' union, and now FIFA itself. ESPN's Adriana Garcia has a statement from FIFA president Gianni Infantino. He isn't exactly thrilled with the idea of . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with a suggestion. If you really want to understand how contemporary soccer operates, you should spend some time with two books. Neither of them has anything to do with the game on the field. No histories of tactics or attempts to quantify what might happen over the next 90 minutes through the creative application of statistical modeling. Red Card by Ken Bensinger is . . .
We start the soccer news with FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirming something that makes sense from a global perspective. FIFA's leader isn't necessarily a fan of closed leagues and strict economic systems. Speaking to SI.com's Brian Straus and The Washington Post's Steven Goff following a visit to the White House, Infantino said, "But personally, coming from a different background, I . . .
The soccer news starts with FIFA releasing their list of nominees for The Best Men's Coach 2018 award. This award includes national teams, and best of luck to Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov, England's Gareth Southgate, Belgium's Roberto Martinez, Croatia's Dalic Zlatko, and France's Didier Deschamps. It's not exactly a shock that these are the World Cup semifinalists plus Russia. We're going to . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the obvious. The World Cup concludes on Sunday (11am ET - Fox) with France vs Croatia and FIFA's president Gianni Infantino already letting us know that this is the best World Cup ever. Wait, what? "Since a couple of years I was saying that this will be the best World Cup ever," FIFA said. "Today I can say it even more, with more conviction... It is the best World . . .
The soccer news starts with another round of angst over instant replay at the 2018 World Cup. Should Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo have seen red against Iran? Would the final day of the group stage played out differently if it wasn't for the referees opting to reconsider their decisions? These questions and more in soccer's latest soap opera. BBC Sport looks at those latest examples calling . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - Once again, instant replay is an issue. Added late to the World Cup, what FIFA wants the world to refer to as Video Assistant Referee, or VAR, is already inviting fans to come up with alternative colorful acronyms. For fans of soccer leagues using instant replay, this isn't surprising. There's an old software concept that goes like this. . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Early Wednesday morning in the US, we learned that the United bid won the rights to the 2026 World Cup. It was a landslide win in the end for the US, Canada, and Mexico’s joint bid. Morocco ended up not being as much of a factor as some expected. Voters opting for neither of them turned out to not be a factor at all. Under new . . .
The soccer news starts with a few firsts from FIFA. Early Wednesday morning in North America, FIFA selected the joint North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. It was the first vote that included the entire FIFA Congress and the first time three countries will jointly host a World Cup. The North American bid beat Morocco and the option to vote to reopen the bid. Depending on how negotiations . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 12, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's going to be quite the week for FIFA. On Wednesday, world soccer's governing body votes on a World Cup host for 2026. On Thursday, the 2018 World Cup begins at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. It's FIFA's version of the prom where they've already named themselves king, queen, court, emcee, and DJ. This is their show, pushing past their crises, . . .