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Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June's congress in Paris.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

New Brazil football chief promises 'transparency' to help clean up image

The crew weigh up Neymar's level after he fell outside the top 10 in ESPN Brazil's poll of greatest post-Pele players for the Selecao.
Roberto Firmino equalized and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning brace to give Brazil 3-1 come-from-behind victory against the Czech Republic.
International Friendly: Gabriel Jesus (90') Czech Republic 1-3 Brazil
International Friendly: Gabriel Jesus (83') Czech Republic 1-2 Brazil
International Friendly: Roberto Firmino (49') Czech Republic 1-1 Brazil
After Brazil's draw against Panama, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Gab Marcotti delve into where the weaknesses lie for the 5-time world champions.

The next president of the Brazilian football confederation took office Tuesday with allies hoping he can clean up the image of the scandal-tainted body.

Rogerio Caboclo, a 46-year-old finance lawyer, ran as the only candidate and follows a group of men who have been discredited, investigated, suspended from FIFA and even jailed because of corruption.

"I am aware of CBF's worn out image, I will face this. We will increase our governance controls. I will not tolerate any suspicious practice of misconduct,"...

Hakeem al-Araibi, Professional Footballers Australia condemn FFA's support of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa

British MP Damian Collins lodges a petition to the House of Commons regarding Sheikh Salman's alleged misuse of funds.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses allegations made by Damian Collins of parliament against FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months has condemned Australia's support for the re-election of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.

Australia's players union also denounced the decision to back Sheikh Salman, who was criticised for his inaction during Hakeem al-Araibi's detention after he was arrested and imprisoned due to an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.

Football Federation Australia on Monday issued...

FIFA to make decision on expanding 2022 World Cup in June; CWC revamp approved

MIAMI -- FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that it is "feasible" to expand the 2022 World Cup, but that any plans to do so will need to be approved by the FIFA Congress in June.

Infantino also said that the FIFA Council had voted to approve a revamp of the Club World Cup with 24 teams participating in a tournament to be held in June and July of 2021.

FIFA had already approved of a 48-team World Cup in 2026, but that edition of the tournament features Canada, Mexico and the United...

Handball revamp confirmed as IFAB reveals new laws of the game for 2019-20

Craig Burley, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol all agree that PSG deserved the penalty that lead to Manchester United scoring the winner in the Champions League.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has revealed the full wording of the new handball law in an attempt to add greater clarity for players, officials and supporters. 

The change to the handball law was one of a series of updates to the Laws of the Game, which come into effect on June 1 and are likely to be used at all this summer's major tournaments -- such as the FIFA Women's World Cup, Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The IFAB, which announced the outline changes earlier...

IFAB announces major rule changes in football

A meeting of the International Football Association board has led to several rule changes.

Handballs in goal-scoring situations will no longer have to be deliberate following a decision made by world football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) said on Saturday.

IFAB's annual general meeting in Aberdeen ruled that intent would no longer be a factor in situations involving goals or goal-scoring opportunities from next season.

"A goal scored directly from the hand/arm (even if accidental) and a player scoring or creating a goal-scoring opportunity after...