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FIFA wants to fast-track 32-team Women's World Cup

Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrated winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a parade through the streets of New York City

FIFA is asking its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Women's World Cup to 32 teams.

In a document seen by the Associated Press and ESPN FC, FIFA says it wants council members to approve adding eight more teams within days and without a formal meeting. FIFA is also asking the council to urgently reboot bidding to host the 2023 tournament.

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino believes...

FIFA plans to expand WWC, double prize money

LYON, France -- Looking to capitalize on the success of a Women's World Cup that he said drew more than 1 million spectators and 1 billion television viewers, FIFA president Gianni Infantino used the tournament's final weekend to propose a five-point plan to grow women's soccer.

That growth starts with expanding the Women's World Cup from 24 to 32 teams.

"It's up to us to make sure we seize this opportunity," Infantino said Friday at FIFA's closing news conference, "and we do something about it."

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Afghanistan coach 'disgusted' with FIFA over scandal

The coach of the Afghanistan women's football team said on Wednesday she was disgusted with FIFA and its president Gianni Infantino for not taking action earlier and more rigorously to investigate an abuse scandal that engulfed the sport there.

Last month, FIFA banned for life the former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) after its ethics committee found him guilty of abusing his position and sexually abusing female players.

The former AFF president, Keramuddin Keram, has not...

FIFA and Infantino have stepped in to 'rescue' African soccer but were they right to do it so quickly?

Infantino's decision to swoop in and oversee African football's ruling body is unprecedented. While they're in need, was he right to install Samoura, left, without consultation?

Two weeks ago, one seasoned FIFA watcher likened the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to a struggling city government plagued with a range of problems that gets taken over directly by the state. In this case, FIFA are taking control of African football given several scandals and FIFA president Gianni Infantino is determined to iron things out.

That analogy only applies to a point. Unlike the state with a city, FIFA doesn't have the authority to take over CAF. It had to be invited in by...

Platini detained as part of 2022 World Cup probe

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained on suspicion of corruption.

Michel Platini, the former UEFA president, was detained in Paris early on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding process.

The detention and questioning of the former French football star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and has since been confirmed to ESPN FC by judicial sources. However, he has denied any wrongdoing.

His public relations team says the former UEFA president is "absolutely confident''...

Pogba's agent cleared to resume transfers

Steve Nicol weighs in on the latest transfer rumours, including Paul Pogba back to Juventus, Gianluigi Donnarumma to PSG, Joao Cancelo to Man City and more.

Mino Raiola, the agent who represents players including Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, has had his worldwide ban lifted by FIFA.

Earlier this month, world football's governing body extended a three-month ban imposed by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) to have worldwide effect.

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The reasoning behind the ban -- which meant Raiola would have been unable to do deals until Aug. 9,...