By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 19, 2020) US Soccer Players - A quick litmus test. When you hear the phrase "rules changes" in the context of soccer, what's your first reaction? If your answer is suspicion, disgust, concern, or anything along those lines, you've generally got plenty of company in this sport, where tradition tends to hold sway. Soccer was one of the last major professional . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with a question that may only be an issue in retrospect. With all of the world's professional sports leagues impacted by the global pandemic looking to get the games in, will this be the summer of too many options? The Bundesliga is the only major European league that will finish by the end of the month, but we now know the 2019-20 Champions and Europa Leagues will be . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with FIFA acting on the transfer window issue. With leagues resuming their suspended seasons, contracts haven't ended on schedule. That brings the summer transfer window into question, with the business of moving players also impacted by the pandemic. It also raises issues over the contracts themselves. FIFA addressed that with two temporary adjustments to its . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with FIFA president Gianni Infantino's "Shape a better football" message for the federations. In part, Infantino pointed to the obvious steps necessary for the game to return to normal. Resume the schedule, eventually allow fans in the stadiums. He was careful to highlight the different situations for leagues trying to return to play. "Football is already underway or . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts in the Bundesliga. Tyler Adams subbed on in the 59th minute of RB Leipzig's 4-2 win at Cologne. Trailing from the 7th minute, Patrik Schick equalized for Leipzig in the 20th. Christopher Nkunku made it 2-1 in the 38th with Timo Werner scoring in the 50th minute. Cologne pulled a goal back in the 55th. Leipzig's Dani Olmo finished off the scoring in the 57th . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the International Football Association Board, soccer's rule-making body, officially allowing leagues to use five substitutes on a temporary basis. The rule adjustment is in response to concerns over fixture congestion and player fatigue as leagues attempt to resume their seasons. "For competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are . . .
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Monday's soccer news starts with FIFA floating an idea to help soccer's return. With compacted schedules for leagues trying to get the games in, FIFA is reportedly considering allowing five substitutes instead of three. The idea is that this would help solve the fatigue problem with clubs playing games multiple times a week. Since player fatigue and overuse was already a growing concern voiced . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with FIFA immediately paying its member federations their operating funds for 2019 and 2020. The total for the 211 federations is $150m. Each federation will receive at least $500k. That allocation normally depends on satisfying FIFA guidelines. "The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with comments from Concacaf and MLS about getting the games in once its safe to resume professional soccer. AP's Rob Harris with Concacaf president Victor Montagliani talking about the potential for no international soccer until next year. The idea for not using the international windows in September, October, and November isn't exactly a surprise, but it would mean 16 . . .