FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura met with Inigo Mendez de Vigo, the Spanish Minister for Education, Culture and Sport, in Madrid on Tuesday 5 February. Also present at the meeting were Jose Ramon Lete, the president of the Spanish Sports Council, and Juan Luis Larrea, the president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF).
FIFA.com caught up with Spain head coach Jorge Vilda to discuss the blueprint underlying La Roja's years of success at youth level and the strides they are currently making on the senior stage, which has seen them equal their highest-ever placing in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking.
This week features David Beckham's newest endeavour in the game, an emotional return for Tim Cahill and the first words from Bert van Marwijk as the new Socceroos manager.
The FIFA World Cup has always had a strong influence on many aspects of society in Host Nations, and Russia is no exception. With just over four months remaining until the start of the tournament, the venue hosting the Opening Match and Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has received a final certificate of pass from international green standard BREEAM.
Almost 12 years on from scoring the last of his world finals goals, former Saudi Arabia forward Sami Al Jaber spoke with FIFA.com about his World Cup memories and what Russia 2018 means to the country's players.
Brazil booked their place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 in style, winning all their matches at the South American Championships in the age group, held in Ecuador. Joining the Brazilians in France are tournament runners-up Paraguay.
From playing their part in Italy’s failure to qualify for Russia and big wins against famous names, to a promising U-21 side and huge leaps up and down the world rankings, life in football is rarely dull for FYR Macedonia.
In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week, we go right back to the start with a shot of Jules Rimet arriving for the tournament's first edition in Uruguay.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour™ by Coca-Cola made a special and historic stop on its global journey today as it touched down for the first time in Papua New Guinea.
New Australia coach Bert van Marwijk says the Socceroos are good enough to progress into the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Diego Lugano, who captained Uruguay to a memorable semi-final appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, has announced his retirement to bring down the curtain on a glittering 19-year playing career.
Nigeria and Ghana triumphed in Africa to secure the two spots at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, with the pair set to appear at their fifth-successive finals.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic speaks to FIFA.com about how he revived the team's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, the importance of Luka Modric and the enduring importance of France 1998 to his country's people.
Cook Islands’ Tupapa Maraerenga and Samoa’s Lupe Ole Soaga claimed the final slots in the OFC Champions League 2018 group stage after topping the preliminary section over the weekend.
With the qualification of Brazil and Paraguay from the South American U-20 Women’s Championship on Sunday, the 16-team line-up for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 is now complete. However, there are still some other key slots to be filled – ones that will allow successful applicants to experience this wonderful event up close. We are, of course, referring to the tournament volunteers.
The first 16 names set for the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs were confirmed at the FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona, while a new name rose into the consciousness of the eSports world: 16-year-old DhTekKz.
Marco Fazzone has been appointed as the Director of the FIFA World Football Museum. Fazzone, who is currently the Managing Director of Design & Regional Art Fairs of the MCH Group Ltd. in Basel, will take up the post in February 2018.
Dani Alves is hoping to make 2018 one of his most memorable years to date. The charismatic defender spoke to FIFA.com about his UEFA Champions League dreams with PSG, his team-mate Neymar, and more besides.
Brazil and Paraguay have won South America’s two tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018.
Mexico were crowned CONCACAF champions for the first time in their history as they led the region's trio heading to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, joined by runners-up USA and third-placed Haiti.
Haiti booked the final ticket from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 with a 1-0 victory over Canada in the match for third place at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.
On his 40th birthday, FIFA.com celebrates the winner of the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award and a FIFA World Cup™ winner with Italy, Gianluigi Buffon.
Ghana and Nigeria booked Africa's two tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 with wins over Cameroon and South Africa.
This week we feature Robin van Persie's return to Feyenoord, Javier Mascherano's emotional farewell at the Camp Nou and Christine Sinclair's latest honour in her homeland.
After a thrilling day of penalty shoot-out drama, Mexico and USA advanced to the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship 2018 final and booked their tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018.
On 27-28 February, the Team Workshop for competing nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup is being organised in Sochi. FIFA.com has all the details.
FIFA.com is beginning a series on the venues where the teams will be playing, starting with the arena that will host the Opening Match of the tournament on 14 June: the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
FIFA.com speaks to Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa about his country's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and his expectations for the Super Eagles in Russia.
Alexandre Lacazette, Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski and many more stars feature in this week's edition of FIFA.com's The Week in Numbers, while a long wait ends in Rotterdam and Madrid.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.
Argentinian playmaker Pablo Aimar has retired from football at 38 years of age. FIFA.com spoke with the former River Plate, Valencia, Real Zaragoza and Benfica star prior to his final match in the Copa Argentina.
With Ange Postecoglou at the helm, Australia commenced 2017 at 44 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and facing a significant challenge to qualify for a fourth successive FIFA World Cup. Now they are flying high and bound for Russia, as FIFA.com reports.
Bert van Marwick has been announced as Australia’s new coach with the Dutchman to take the Socceroos to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Midfielder Deyna Morales speaks about Uruguay's quest for glory as the country prepares to host South America's first FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
The draw for the first UEFA Nations League has seen the likes of Germany, France and the Netherlands grouped together in its top league ahead of its kick off in September 2018.
Three debutant clubs enjoyed nights to remember on Tuesday as the AFC Champions League gathered momentum with the completion of the second Preliminary Round.
Continuing our look at the number behind previous FIFA World Cup winners, FIFA.com highlights the enchanting statistical story of Italy’s 1934 and ’38 FIFA World Cup™ campaigns.
The FIFA 18 Global Series, which charts a path to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, will kick off in Barcelona on 26 January with the FUT Champions Cup #1.
The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday.
Former England captain Jimmy Armfield, who made 43 appearances for the Three Lions, has died at the age of 82 following a battle with cancer.
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Starting her coaching career at the age of 21, Anna Signeul, now 56, speaks with FIFA.com about her latest challenge: getting Finland to the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019.
Our latest round-up features tributes to Cyrille Regis and Ronaldinho, Geoff Hurst on Harry Kane and Antonio Cassano on Paulo Dybala.
Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, and Paul Pogba star in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a rapid goal, some on-song Lions, and an all-time Barça-Real record being under threat.
At the fifth FIFA Executive Football Summit of the 2017/2018 series in Amsterdam, representatives from 21 FIFA member associations held discussions on the FIFA Forward Programme, the future of youth and women’s competitions, the transfer system and players' status. FIFA.com rounds up some of the reactions.
The Hamburg District Court has issued a preliminary injunction against Switzerland-based viagogo AG, banning the company from offering tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ via its viagogo.de online ticket marketplace prior to FIFA officially allocating such tickets and/or to viagogo AG physically possessing them.
Karen Duggan speaks to FIFA.com about Republic of Ireland's quest to make the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ their first major tournament and explains why she has opted against turning professional.
In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week we look back to 1974 and the spectacular scenes that greeted the beaten Netherlands team on their return to Amsterdam.
With just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018, with Germany remaining on top.
Presidents and general secretaries from 21 FIFA member associations and three confederations (AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA) debated issues, including the FIFA Forward Programme and the future of youth and women’s competitions.
Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies and a legacy of outrageous talent.