FIFA Women's World Cup

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage's Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team's NWSL soccer championship game against the Portland Thorns in Portland, Ore. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending league champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, evidence of a World Cup bump. In addition to bringing in new fans, players want sustained growth and stability. The key is investment. (Adam Lapierre/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 22, 2019 - 12:13 am
While record crowds at National Women's Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, and last weekend...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Australia's Samantha Kerr plays against New Zealand during a Cup of Nations soccer match in Sydney, Australia. Kerr sat down on a metal bench after taking a few extra shots after a Chicago Red Stars practice. Red Stars coach Rory Dames poked fun at her competitive streak, and Kerr just laughed it off. If the Aussie star is on her way out of town, it was hard to tell on a picturesque summer afternoon in suburban Chicago. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
August 15, 2019 - 4:06 pm
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Sam Kerr sat down on a metal bench after taking a few extra shots after practice. Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames poked fun at her competitive streak, and Kerr just laughed it off. If the Aussie star is on her way out of town, it was hard to tell on a picturesque summer...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2016, file photo, a girl holds up a sign for equal pay for the U.S. women soccer players, during the first half of an international friendly soccer match between the United States and Colombia, in East Hartford, Conn. Players for the World Cup champion women's national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay are over. Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, that the players look forward to a jury trial. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
August 15, 2019 - 6:43 am
Players for the World Cup champion women's national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay are over. Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday that the players look forward to a jury...
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August 12, 2019 - 3:24 pm
Former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday. Markgraf will oversee the search for a coach to replace Jill Ellis, who is leaving the team in October. Ellis is stepping away from the job after leading the United States...
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August 12, 2019 - 10:17 am
A person with knowledge of the hiring says former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because the appointment had not yet been formally announced by U.S. Soccer. Yahoo...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 file photo, Referee Stéphanie Frappart of France during the of the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and Sweden at Roazhon Park in Rennes, France. Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
August 02, 2019 - 6:01 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, adding that the Frenchwoman will lead...
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July 31, 2019 - 11:04 am
FIFA's Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament but made no mention of changing prize money. FIFA said Wednesday the decision was made remotely. Nine national associations had expressed interest in...
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July 31, 2019 - 11:03 am
FIFA's Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament but made no mention of changing prize money. Nine national associations had expressed interest in hosting and were due to submit their formal bids by...
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FILE - This Nov. 12, 2017 file photo shows United States head coach Jill Ellis before an international friendly women's soccer match against Canada in San Jose, Calif. A person with knowledge of the situation says Ellis is stepping down after leading the team to back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, July 30, 2019 because the resignation has not been officially announced. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)
July 30, 2019 - 11:59 pm
Fresh off of a repeat performance as World Cup champions, the U.S. women's national team finds itself in flux. On Tuesday, Jill Ellis announced she was stepping down after more than five years as the team's head coach. Under Ellis, the United States won eight total tournaments, including two World...
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FILE - In this July 6, 2019 file photo United States coach Jill Ellis attends a news conference at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France. A person with knowledge of the situation says Ellis is stepping down after leading the team to back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, July 30, 2019 because the resignation has not been officially announced. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)
July 30, 2019 - 5:14 pm
With two Women's World Cup titles in hand, U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis says it's time to move on. Ellis announced Tuesday that she's resigning, just more than three weeks after the United States raised a second consecutive World Cup trophy following a dominant and record-setting run. She...
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