International Soccer

How The World Cup Works: A Guide For Everyone

The 21st edition of the World Cup kicks off in Moscow on June 14. It’s the most popular tournament for the world’s most popular game. But do you actually know how the World Cup works?

The World Cup has had dozens of different formats since its inception in 1930. Since the World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams ahead of the 1998 edition, the tournament has finally found a system it likes. FIFA has stuck with the same format of eight groups of four turning into a 16-team knockout playoff for six tournaments now, including Russia 2018. 

Insane Women’s World Cup Ticket Fiasco Enraging Fans Weeks Before Kickoff

The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off in less than three weeks in France. FIFA announced fans who bought Women's World Cup tickets could print them out starting on Monday. 

Women's World Cup tickets were cheap and fairly easy to score, even for the final and semifinals, as we outlined here. But it appears FIFA’s ticketing system had some major flaws. 

Almost immediately on Monday, people began to notice a huge problem — and FIFA’s response was even more infuriating. 

Martino Omits Carlos Vela, Chicharito, Héctor Herrera From Preliminary Mexico Gold Cup Roster

Tata Martino announced a 29-man, preliminary Mexico Gold Cup roster on Tuesday and a few big names were left off the squad.

Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Héctor Herrera and Jesus Corona were all omitted from Martino’s team ahead of friendlies against Venezuela and Ecuador to warm up for the Gold Cup. The roster will be trimmed to 23 before the start of the Gold Cup on June 15 against Cuba. 

USWNT Blanks South Africa 3-0 To Begin Send-Off Series

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is only 25 days away, and the USWNT is showing how prepared it is to defend the title. In its first Send-Off Series match against South Africa on Sunday night in Santa Clara, California, the USWNT struggled to find the back of the net until the 36th minute.

Samantha Mewis took matters into her own hands when she beat a South African defender at the top of the box and put the U.S. on the scoreboard. 

Leon Bailey, Perhaps Concacaf’s Best Young Player, Finally Agrees To Jamaica Call-Up

In great news for Jamaica, the 2019 Gold Cup and fans attending the USMNT’s upcoming friendly against the Reggae Boyz at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is reportedly finally set to make his international debut for the side after years of disputes between the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the player and his representative, step-father Craig Butler.

England Reveals Women’s World Cup Squad With Help From Celebs Like David Beckham, Ellie Goulding, Emma Watson And Prince William

Making the England Women's World Cup squad is a dream come true for the 23 players selected. 

Thankfully, the folks in the media department at the England FA realized that the reveal video for the men’s World Cup roster last year was kinda weird

So when it came time to announce the 2019 England Women’s World Cup squad on Wednesday, the Lionesses received fantastic, individualized messages from some of England’s biggest stars — and some we assume are also famous.

Costa Rica’s Castro Is Looking Better Than Mexico’s Efrain Alvarez, USA’s Gianluca Busio At Concacaf U-17 Championship

Watch a couple minutes of Concacaf U-17 Championship highlights and one thing is clear: There is a lot of talent in the youth ranks at some of North America and Central America. 

This isn’t that surprising to anyone who follows MLS these days. Two of the biggest stars in the field are Mexico’s Efrain Alvarez and the United States’ Gianluca Busio, two 16-year-olds who are already making waves in MLS. 

Claudio Reyna’s Son Helps Save U-17 USMNT With 3-Goal Comeback To Open Concacaf U-17 Championship

Giovanni Reyna scored on a 24-yard free kick to cap a rally from two goals down as the U-17 USMNT beat Canada 3-2 to open the Concacaf U-17 Championship on Thursday in Bradenton, Florida. 

Reyna, the son of former USMNT captain and current NYCFC director of operations Claudio Reyna, had a goal and an assist for the U.S. youth team as it began its quest to qualify for the U-17 World Cup to be played in Brazil later this year.

Jill Ellis Announces USWNT World Cup Roster To Defend 2015 Title With A Couple Key Inclusions

Coach Jill Ellis unveiled her USWNT World Cup roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Thursday, the 23 players who will attempt to defend their title and win a record fourth championship.

The 2019 USWNT World Cup roster includes few surprises. Half of the squad (12 of 23) returns from the 2015 team, including eight who started the final. 

Is Man U Actually Ready To Jump Ship On De Gea?

After what looked like a promising rebound year for Manchester United plummeted, the club will look into Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the offseason, according to rumors.

Oblak’s recent contract extension has the goalkeeper inked with the Spanish club until 2023 with a €120 million buyout.