An Iranian Soccer Fan’s Dream Comes True Without Her

ISTANBUL — Zeinab Sahafi didn’t want to be an activist. All she ever wanted to be, she said, was a regular fan, another of the millions of soccer obsessives around the world who every week step into stadiums to scream and shout in support of their teams for 90 minutes, and then return and do […]


Ex-Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger Is Moving to FIFA

Out of front-line soccer since ending a two-decade coaching career at Arsenal that many credit with revolutionizing English soccer, Arsène Wenger has agreed to join FIFA to spread his gospel to a wider audience. Wenger, a 69-year-old Frenchman, has agreed to become FIFA’s technical head, though his official title with the organization has not been […]


Almost 700 soccer players were traded on transfer deadline day — here are the biggest ones you may have missed, including Mauro Icardi’s surprise move to Paris Saint-Germain

Nearly 700 transfers were completed during Monday’s transfer deadline day in European soccer. Clubs across the continent spent $189 million, which is the most ever during a single day in September. Mauro Icardi’s move from Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain was the stand-out transfer, with the Argentine moving initially on loan with a later option […]


Chile’s Road to the Women’s World Cup Started With an Indignity

PARIS — Three years ago, long before Chile’s soccer team made its first appearance in a Women’s World Cup, it made news for an embarrassing reason. In 2016, goalkeeper Christiane Endler and her teammates found out through news media reports that they had been dropped from FIFA’s official world rankings. The reason? Chile’s soccer federation […]


Soccer star Hope Solo opens up about miscarrying twins

‘The doctor said I was hours from dying’: Former US soccer star Hope Solo reveals she had to have her fallopian tube removed after she suffered an ectopic pregnancy and miscarried twins Hope, 37, opened up about her pregnancy and miscarriage in a new interview  After trying to start a family for a long time, […]


When Japan Lost Its Crown, It Found a Reason to Start Over

When Yuka Momiki of Japan scored a late goal to salvage a tie against the United States in an important tuneup for the Women’s World Cup in February, she danced a brief shimmy, then laughed about it afterward. Several days later, Momiki cleverly chipped a shot over Brazil’s goalkeeper and set up two other goals […]