FIFA reveals semi-final fixtures for 2023 U17 World Cup

November 25, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

The semifinal fixtures for the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia have been confirmed. This follows the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinal fixtures. France and Mali are the latest countries to qualify for the last four after beating Uzbekistan and Morocco, respectively, in the Last-8. France defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 via normal time. Mali, on the other hand, defeated their African Read More

Kissing scandal: FIFA bans Rubiales

October 30, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

FIFA announced Monday it had imposed a three-year ban on former Spanish football chief Luis Rubiales following his forced kiss on the lips of World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso. World football’s governing body provisionally suspended Rubiales for 90 days following his unsolicited kiss during the medal ceremony after Spain won the Women’s World Cup in Sydney in August. FIFA said Read More

FIFA stamps 10-month ban for Newcastle star

October 28, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

FIFA has confirmed Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali’s 10-month ban, and his suspension has officially begun. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) judged the 23-year-old international player guilty of breaking gambling regulations, and he was banned from all football-related activities for 10 months, as well as an additional eight months of therapy-assisted rehabilitation. FIFA has now ratified the suspension to be Read More

Sexual abuse: FIFA suspends coach

October 20, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

The Federation of International Football Association on Friday suspended a former youth coach in the Democratic Republic of Congo from football for 20 years for sexually abusing a youth player. The governing body of world football said in a statement that Jonathan Bukabakwa had been “found guilty of sexually abusing a minor football player.” It said the adjudicatory chamber had Read More

Osimhen gun for FIFA best football award, makes final 12-man shortlist

October 7, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen is gunning to win the FIFA Men’s Player of The Year award. This is after voting shut on Friday October 6, 2023. The qualifying period for the prize is between December 19, 2022 and August 10, 2023, with nominees including Argentina captain Lionel Messi, Frenchman Kylian Mbappe and Norwegian Manchester City striker Erling Haaland. Osimhen Read More

Full list of 2023 Ballon d’Or nominees

September 7, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

The shortlist for world football’s most prestigious individual award has been revealed ahead of the ceremony in Paris on October 30 The Ballon d’Or. Love it or loathe it, it’s the award every footballer in the world dreams of one day winning. And now, after a memorable and unique 2022-23 campaign, the shortlist of nominees for the 2023 Golden Ball Read More

Breaking: FIFA slams suspension on Spanish FA President over kiss scandal

August 26, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has provisionally suspended Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) head Luis Rubiales for 90 days, it said on Saturday, amid uproar after he grabbed player Jenni Hermoso’s head and kissed her on the lips after Spain’s victory at the Women’s World Cup. Rubiales had been expected to announce his resignation on Friday but instead said he would not step Read More

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: NFF top official hails Nigeria’s Super Falcons

First Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu has declared that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is proud of the Super Falcons’ outing so far at the 9th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, while expressing confidence that the team will get to the latter stages of the tournament. After two matches at the global showpiece in Down Under, Read More

$960,000 FIFA funds: Again, Super Falcons coach exposes NFF

July 7, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

Super Falcons head coach, Randy Waldrum, has raised question concerning the $960,000 paid to the Nigeria Football Federation by FIFA for 2023 Women’s World Cup, which according to him were not utilised. Speaking through an online platform for a second time in two weeks, Waldrum said, “I’m not going to be quiet anymore. In October every country was giving $960,000 Read More

FIFA releases official Women’s World Cup song

June 29, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

The official song for the FIFA Women’s World Cup has been released, and it’s different from the past. The Women’s World Cup song is known as ‘Do It Again’. The song has been created by Australian artist Mallrat and New Zealand artist BENEE. FIFA said, “The two have joined forces on a vibrant and infectious anthem that promises to captivate Read More

FIFA announces host for expanded 2025 club World Cup

June 24, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

The first edition of FIFA’s new 32-team Club World Cup will be held in the United States in 2025, world soccer’s governing body said on Friday. FIFA had confirmed in March that the revamped Club World Cup will be played every four years from June 2025. The FIFA Council unanimously appointed the United States as the competition’s hosts for the Read More

After incurring ban, Mourinho dumps UEFA football board

June 24, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

Jose Mourinho has quit the UEFA Football Board after just two months, with the ranting Roma boss unhappy at European football’s governing body. The outspoken Portuguese was invited to join an organisation set up by ex-AC Milan star Zvonimir Boban and former referee Roberto Rosetti in April – with several illustrious former players and coaches charged with the task of Read More

Real Madrid ‘s Vinicius Jr to lead anti-racism committee – FIFA

June 17, 2023 Editor 0

Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr will lead a special FIFA anti-racism committee made up of players, the world governing body’s president Gianni Infantino has said. Infantino asked Vinicius to lead the committee, which will suggest stricter punishments for discriminatory behaviour in football. The Brazil forward, 22, was racially abused several times last season. “Enough is enough. There will be no more Read More

FIFA World Cup: Waldrum sidelines home-based players, picks Oshoala, others

Nigeria’s Head Coach Randy Waldrum has listed European Cup winner Asisat Oshoala, dainty attacking midfielder Rasheedat Ajibade and history-making captain Onome Ebi in his list of 23 Super Falcons for this year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand. There is also first choice goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, as well as defenders Osinachi Ohale and Oluwatosin Demehin, midfielders Halimatu Read More

FIFA Secretary General steps down

June 15, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

Senegal’s Fatma Samoura will step down from her role as FIFA Secretary General at the end of the year, world soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday. Samoura, who was a United Nations veteran, became the first woman to be named FIFA secretary general and was tasked with its day-to-day running as the body looked to fix its reputation after being Read More

FIFA set 2026 World Cup qualifier Kick-off date, Super Eagles, others know foes in July 

May 20, 2023 Admin III 0

The Executive Committee of Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed that 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier will kick-off on November 13, 2023 and will climax March 2026 with a FIFA tournament play-off. This was disclosed after a meeting of CAF executive committee, chaired by President Dr Patrice Motsepe, in Algiers, Algeria’s capital. According to a statement from CAF communication Read More

2023: FIFA set to launch official song for U20 World Cup

May 6, 2023 Admin III 0

World football governing body, FIFA, has revealed that an official Song for the 2023 U20 World Cup will be launched on May 12. This was disclosed via a statement on FIFA website, obtained by Heritage Times HT on Friday. Part of the statement reads, “Ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023, which kicks off on 20 May, FIFA Read More

U-17 AFCON: Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets pip Zambia in Group opener

May 1, 2023 Editor 0

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets got their 2023 U-17 AFCON off to a perfect start, after a dominant and hard fought 1-0 win against Zambia in Group B in Constantine on Sunday. Favour Daniel’s goal with less than 20 minutes left secured the win for Nduka Ugbade side. The Eaglets also missed a penalty very late in the game as substitute Light Read More

Football agents fail FIFA test, get warning

April 29, 2023 Admin III 0

Many football agent who recently sat for scheduled FIFA examination have reportedly failed to pass. According Mail Online, almost half of those who took FIFA’s new agent exam failed and will have to resit or face being barred from working on transfers, with others unable to even finish it after forgetting their laptops. The report revealed that a total of Read More

Again, FIFA drops Nigerian referees ahead of World Cup

April 21, 2023 Admin III 0

The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 25 referees and 38 assistant referees for the forthcoming 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, with Nigerian officials notably missing from the list. 25 referees and 28 assistant referees were selected by the global football governing body. 18 video match officials have also been selected for the tournament. FIFA however selected 11 African referees, assistant Read More