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Netherlands players celebrates at the end of the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Netherlands won 1-0. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
July 05, 2019 - 6:43 am
LYON, France (AP) — FIFA is looking to expand the Women's World Cup from 24 to 32 teams. The plan was revealed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino ahead of Sunday's final between the United States and the Netherlands. If the expansion was to start for the next edition in 2023, Infantino says FIFA...
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Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl kicks a ball as the sun sets during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
July 04, 2019 - 9:43 pm
Megan Rapinoe considers Sunday to be the final insult. Just a few hours after the United States and the Netherlands meet in the Women's World Cup final in France, Brazil or Peru will celebrate winning the Copa America, South America's men's championship. And then at night, the United States or...
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United States' Carli Lloyd warms up before the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between England and the United States, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 04, 2019 - 7:50 am
LYON, France (AP) — Carli Lloyd says the success the United States is having at the Women's World Cup in France isn't an extension of the 2015 title run. The so-called 2019ers are their own team. "We don't really bring up the 2015 World Cup that much because it's done, it's in the past. The focus...
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Kelly Lindsey, coach of the Afghanistan women's soccer team, poses after a news conference in Lyon, France on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Kelly Lindsey is "disgusted" with Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse cases and calls on the FIFA president to resign. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)
July 04, 2019 - 6:02 am
LYON, France (AP) — FIFA has denounced "ill-informed and unjustified" criticism of its president, Gianni Infantino, after the coach of the Afghanistan women's national team called him "disgusting" over the handling of sexual abuse investigations. At a news conference in Lyon ahead of the Women's...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 file photo, former Chelsea player Frank Lampard does a lap of honour at half time during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Lampard has returned to Chelsea as the club’s 12th manager in 16 years under Roman Abramovich’s ownership. The former Chelsea midfielder has left second-tier club Derby, where he came close to securing promotion to the Premier League in his first season in management. Lampard, who is Chelsea’s record scorer with 211 goals and one of its all-time greats, replaces Maurizio Sarri.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
July 04, 2019 - 1:44 am
LONDON (AP) — Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time record scorer and one of its greatest ever players, returned to the club on Thursday as its 12th manager in 16 years under Roman Abramovich's ownership. The former Chelsea midfielder left second-tier club Derby, where he came close to securing...
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United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saves a penalty shot taken by England's Steph Houghton during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between England and the United States, at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
July 03, 2019 - 11:37 am
LYON, France (AP) — Alyssa Naeher finally escaped Hope Solo's shadow with her smothering save of a penalty kick. Endlessly compared to her controversial predecessor on the U.S. national team, Naeher cemented her own legacy when she preserved the United States' 2-1 semifinal win over England. It was...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino watches a Copa America Group A soccer match between Brazil and Peru at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
July 03, 2019 - 8:22 am
LYON, France (AP) — The coach of the Afghanistan women's soccer team is "disgusted" with Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse cases and calls on the FIFA president to resign. FIFA banned Keramuudin Karim for life from soccer last month for repeated sexual abuse of female players while...
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Netherlands' Vivianne Miedema, right, and Italy's Sara Gama challenge for the ball during the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Italy and the Netherlands, at the Stade du Hainaut stadium in Valenciennes, France, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
July 02, 2019 - 7:36 am
LYON, France (AP) — Here's some bad news for Sweden's defense ahead of its World Cup semifinal Wednesday against the Netherlands: Vivianne Miedema gets even better in the big games. After scoring in every knockout match at the European Championship two years ago, helping the Netherlands win the...
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England head coach Philip Neville, right, applaudes as England's scorer Ellen White, left, and her teammates celebrate the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Japan and England at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
July 01, 2019 - 12:48 pm
LYON, France (AP) — Phil Neville's path to the Women's World Cup semifinals began with a phone call persuading him to consider the England manager's job. Late in 2017, Sue Campbell, the baroness in charge of English women's soccer, was bemoaning the lack of female coaches to fill the vacancy after...
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England's Ellen White, left, celebrates with teammates Karen Bardsley, center, and Steph Houghton, right, during the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Norway and England at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 01, 2019 - 11:42 am
LYON, France (AP) — England coach Phil Neville says the United States has a ruthless streak. It's one of the reasons the U.S. has never missed the semifinals at the Women's World Cup, and why the team has three overall titles, more than any other nation. "America has got that ruthless streak of...
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