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Oct 10, 2014

Soccer-FA drops plans for B-team league but reform goes on

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Plans for Premier League clubs to enter B teams in a new lower division have been dropped by an FA commission but reforms to coaching, foreign imports, player development and the grass roots game must continue, says FA chairman Greg Dyke.

The FA is continuing to work on introducing limits on foreign players in the Premier League, restricting the import of overseas players in the lower divisions and improving the number of English players clubs develop in their own academies under the Home Grown Player rule.

Oct 9, 2014

Hodgson pleased by England’s discipline in San Marino win

LONDON (Reuters) – England manager Roy Hodgson was delighted almost as much by his players’ professional approach to dismantling San Marino 5-0 in their Euro 2016 Group E qualifier on Thursday as he was by the victory itself.

England finally ran out comfortable winners at Wembley against the joint-worst team in the world, but despite missing a flurry of chances and being frustrated for long periods by the visitors’ blanket defending, Hodgson could only see the positives.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Hodgson pleased by England’s discipline in San Marino win

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – England manager Roy Hodgson was delighted almost as much by his players’ professional approach to dismantling San Marino 5-0 in their Euro 2016 Group E qualifier on Thursday as he was by the victory itself.

England finally ran out comfortable winners at Wembley against the joint-worst team in the world, but despite missing a flurry of chances and being frustrated for long periods by the visitors’ blanket defending, Hodgson could only see the positives.

Oct 9, 2014

England made to work hard in 5-0 win over San Marino

LONDON (Reuters) – England duly beat San Marino 5-0 to maintain their perfect start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign but laboured for long periods against the joint-worst team in the world at a half-full Wembley on Thursday.

England went ahead when Phil Jagielka headed home a corner after 24 minutes, doubled their lead when Wayne Rooney scored his 42nd England goal from a 43rd-minute penalty and added a third in the 49th minute when Danny Welbeck smashed home a cross from his Arsenal team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-England made to work hard in 5-0 win over San Marino

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – England duly beat San Marino 5-0 to maintain their perfect start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign but laboured for long periods against the joint-worst team in the world at a half-full Wembley on Thursday.

England went ahead when Phil Jagielka headed home a corner after 24 minutes, doubled their lead when Wayne Rooney scored his 42nd England goal from a 43rd-minute penalty and added a third in the 49th minute when Danny Welbeck smashed home a cross from his Arsenal team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Oct 9, 2014

Away goals rule has become outdated, says Blatter

LONDON (Reuters) – The away goals rule used for settling the outcome of two-legged knockout ties has “fallen behind the times” and needs rethinking according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The method under which the team that scores the most goals away from home wins the tie was introduced in the mid-1960s.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Away goals rule has become outdated, says Blatter

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The away goals rule used for settling the outcome of two-legged knockout ties has “fallen behind the times” and needs rethinking according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The method under which the team that scores the most goals away from home wins the tie was introduced in the mid-1960s.

Oct 9, 2014

Infantino defends ‘Week of Football’ and Euro 2016 format

LONDON (Reuters) – The much-criticised 24-team format for Euro 2016 and its new “Week of Football” qualifying competition has added a new dynamic to the international football calendar, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Infantino defended both innovations saying that television audiences and revenue around the world would be boosted by the changes while the first round of matches had already produced some surprises.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Infantino defends “Week of Football” and Euro 2016 format

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The much-criticised 24-team format for Euro 2016 and its new “Week of Football” qualifying competition has added a new dynamic to the international football calendar, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Infantino defended both innovations saying that television audiences and revenue around the world would be boosted by the changes while the first round of matches had already produced some surprises.

Oct 9, 2014

UEFA unlikely to support overseas Premier League matches

LONDON (Reuters) – Any ideas England’s Premier League might have of playing matches overseas would be unlikely to get any backing from UEFA, a top official of European soccer’s governing body said on Thursday.

UEFA failed to support the idea when it was first mooted six years ago, and Gianni Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary, told delegates at the Leaders In Sport Summit that he did not think UEFA would change its stance on the issue.