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Mar 20, 2015

FIFA to pay clubs $209 million for World Cup ‘collaboration’

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA has announced a threefold increase in the amount of money it pays as part of a collaboration agreement with clubs who release players for the World Cup and the ruling body will hand out $209 million (141.75 million pounds) in both 2018 and 2022.

Clubs will also be given a greater say in drawing up the international match calendar, which allocates the dates for club and national team matches, following the agreement between FIFA and the European Clubs’ Association (ECA).

Mar 20, 2015

FIFA to pay clubs $209 million for World Cup ‘collaboration’

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA has announced a threefold increase in the amount of money it pays as part of a collaboration agreement with clubs who release players for the World Cup and the ruling body will hand out $209 million (141.75 million pounds) in both 2018 and 2022.

Clubs will also be given a greater say in drawing up the international match calendar, which allocates the dates for club and national team matches, following the agreement between FIFA and the European Clubs’ Association (ECA).

Mar 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA to pay clubs $209 million in World Cup compensation

ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) – FIFA will pay $209 million to clubs releasing players for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the same sum again for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, nearly three times the amount distributed in 2014.

“A total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the participating teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup (in Russia),” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

Mar 19, 2015

Soccer: 2022 World Cup final to be played on December 18

ZURICH (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is to be played in November and December and the final will be held on Dec. 18, FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio said on Thursday.

De Gregorio told reporters the decision was made by the executive committee of soccer’s ruling body FIFA following a recommendation by a task force that was set up specifically to discuss the issue.

Mar 19, 2015

2022 World Cup final to be played on Dec. 18

ZURICH (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is to be played in November and December and the final will be held on Dec. 18, FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio said on Thursday.

De Gregorio told reporters the decision was made by the executive committee of football’s ruling body FIFA following a recommendation by a task force that was set up specifically to discuss the issue.

Mar 19, 2015

Soccer-2022 World Cup final to be played on Dec. 18

ZURICH, March 19 (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is to be played in November and December and the final will be held on Dec. 18, FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio said on Thursday.

De Gregorio told reporters the decision was made by the executive committee of soccer’s ruling body FIFA following a recommendation by a task force that was set up specifically to discuss the issue.

Mar 12, 2015

Soccer-Sierra Leone FA president battles on against the odds

ZURICH, March 12 (Reuters) – In 18 months as president of the Sierra Leone football association (SLFA), Isha Johansen has seen the sport thrown into disarray by the Ebola virus, the national team shunned and has herself nearly been ousted by in-fighting.

Undeterred, the resilient 50-year-old, one of only two women among the world’s 209 national association presidents, vows to battle on.

Mar 12, 2015

UEFA concerned about players’ behaviour, triple punishment

LONDON (Reuters) – European football’s governing body UEFA are increasingly concerned about players’ behaviour and have reiterated their dissatisfaction with the so-called triple punishment rule following Wednesday’s Champions League games.

The triple punishment, where a player concedes a penalty, is sent off for denying a clear scoring chance and serves an automatic suspension, came under the spotlight again on Wednesday in Bayern Munich’s 7-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mar 12, 2015

Soccer-UEFA concerned about players’ behaviour, triple punishment

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA are increasingly concerned about players’ behaviour and have reiterated their dissatisfaction with the so-called triple punishment rule following Wednesday’s Champions League games.

The triple punishment, where a player concedes a penalty, is sent off for denying a clear scoring chance and serves an automatic suspension, came under the spotlight again on Wednesday in Bayern Munich’s 7-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mar 6, 2015

Blatter calls on Iran to allow women into stadiums

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked Iran to end its ban on women watching football matches, describing the situation as intolerable.

“When I travelled to Iran in November 2013, I was not only confronted with huge popular enthusiasm from football but also a law forbidding women from attending football matches,” he wrote in FIFA’s weekly magazine.