Fifa’s treatment of Women’s World Cup final keeps ‘virus’ contained | Marina Hyde

Gianni Infantino possibly meant well in saying ‘this virus of women’s football will spread’ yet 2019’s showpiece is on the same day as the Copa América and Concacaf Gold Cup finals Like anyone else waking up after being cryogenically frozen since the 19th century, I reflexively believe all the things Fifa says about itself. Nowhere is world football’s governing body more convincing than in its stated desire to grow the women’s game in the buildup to next year’s Women’s World Cup in France. Related: From Ellie Roebuck to Ebony Salmon: 10 young English footballers to watch | Suzanne Wrack Continue reading...

Fifa must do more to highlight the quality in the women’s game | Eni Aluko

Fifa got the Luka Modric decision right at the Best awards but naming Marta as the women’s best sends the wrong signals Fifa’s annual Best awards were held in London on Monday and it is fair to say they have created much debate. I can see why and no more so, in my opinion, than in regards to the women’s prize. Marta is one of my favourite players, and one of the best players I’ve had the privilege of coming up against, so I say this with the greatest respect: there are other players who were in a much stronger position to be named the best female player of 2018. Related: Luka Modric and Marta win Fifa player of the year awards in London Continue reading...

Fifa to discuss plans to curb agents’ fees and re-introduce licensing system

• New regulations will mean only players pay agents
• Loan system may be overhauled to end player stockpiling Fifa has taken initial steps towards trying to control the vast amounts of money being paid out of football to agents, agreeing in principle to discuss setting a limit on agents’ fees. At a meeting in London on Monday, the Fifa football stakeholders committee, which includes representatives from clubs, leagues and the worldwide players’ union Fifpro, agreed to introduce a “clearing house” system to process transfer payments, and to reinstate a form of licensing system for agents, which Fifa abandoned in 2015 to widespread criticism. Continue reading...

Sam Kerr snubbed by Fifa again as Marta wins sixth gong

  • Matildas striker finishes ninth in Fifa world’s best female player vote
  • Veteran rewarded for captaining Brazil to Copa America win
Matildas striker Sam Kerr has been overlooked by Fifa for a second year running, with Brazilian legend Marta picking up the women’s player of the year award in London on Monday night. An undisputed great of the game, Marta is a previous five-time winner, being voted the world’s best female footballer in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Continue reading...

Luka Modric and Marta win Fifa player of the year awards in London

• Modric beats Ronaldo to men’s prize, Salah wins Puskás award
• 32-year-old Marta wins women’s award for first time since 2010Luka Modric has been named the Fifa men’s footballer of the year at a ceremony in London, with Brazil’s Marta crowned the world’s best female player. The 33-year-old Modric won the Champions League for the third time in a row with his club, Real Madrid, in May before leading Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, where they lost 4-2 to France. Continue reading...

Official in Fifa bribery scandal jailed for nine years over football racketeering

• Ex-president of South American governing body took bribes
• Sentence handed down by court in New YorkA former South American football official has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges arising out of the sprawling Fifa bribery scandal. Juan Ángel Napout of Paraguay was sentenced in New York on Wednesday. A jury convicted him late last year of racketeering and other charges stemming from a corruption scandal that shook the sport’s international governing body. Continue reading...

US federal court sentences José Maria Marin to four years for corruption

• Former president of Brazil Football Federation arrested in 2015
• Marin is first Fifa official sentenced after US-led investigationThe former Brazil Football Federation president José Maria Marin has been sentenced to four years in prison by a United States federal court following his conviction for corruption. The 86-year-old was one of seven Fifa officials arrested at a Zurich hotel in May 2015. Related: Said & Done: Mourinho’s pledge, two bags of granola and 140 goats Continue reading...

US federal court sentences José Maria Marin to four years for corruption

• Former president of Brazil Football Federation arrested in 2015
• Marin is first Fifa official sentenced after US-led investigationThe former Brazil Football Federation president José Maria Marin has been sentenced to four years in prison by a United States federal court following his conviction for corruption. The 86-year-old was one of seven Fifa officials arrested at a Zurich hotel in May 2015. Related: Said & Done: Mourinho’s pledge, two bags of granola and 140 goats Continue reading...

England up to sixth and France first in Fifa rankings as Germany plummet

• World Cup run sees Gareth Southgate’s side up six from 12th
• Belgium are second and Brazil third – Germany drop to 15th England’s World Cup success has seen them climb to sixth place in Fifa’s world rankings. Gareth Southgate’s side have jumped six places after reaching the semi-finals in Russia last month – the furthest they had progressed in the tournament since 1990. Related: World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia Continue reading...

Just how close is Australia to being suspended by Fifa? | Jonathan Howcroft

It is a doomsday scenario but faced with another FFA failure to pass reform the stakes are rising fast “Welcome to day one of the 20-day PR war.” That was the foreboding message I received last Wednesday by someone close to the latest chapter in Australian football’s governance crisis.
Wednesday was 1 August, the day after the Congress Review Working Group submitted its report to Fifa. As predicted, it was a day full of media releases, a day awash with spin but bereft of substance, and the start of a run of up to 20 days of filibustering. Continue reading...

Digital Ronaldos stay strong in bid for eWorld Cup glory

Playing the Fifa video game was once regarded as a fun hobby but 32 players from around the world are battling this week in London for a $250,000 winner’s cheque On the big screen at the O2 Nicolas99fc is nibbling at his top lip. Short, skinny and barely filling out his junior-sized football shirt, the Argentinian – real name Nicolás Villalba – does not look like an athlete feared the world over. But this is eSports, where the skills required for success are as much mental as physical, and the 18-year-old is favourite to win this weekend’s Fifa eWorld Cup and take home $250,000. Related: Extreme eSports: the very male, billion-dollar gaming industry at a stadium near you Continue reading...