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Chelsea's Bethany England, left, celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur with teammate Magdalena Eriksson during the Women's Super League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Sunday Sept. 8, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)
September 08, 2019 - 11:15 am
LONDON (AP) — The opening weekend of the Women's Super League season attracted almost 63,000 fans across six games as England enjoyed an unprecedented increase in crowds, building on a surge in interest in women's soccer during the World Cup. The cumulative crowd was a 12-fold increase on the start...
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi, right, holds the award of UEFA Champions League forward of the season 2018/19 as he poses with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 07, 2019 - 6:53 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's club president has confirmed that Lionel Messi would have the right to leave the club at the end of this season, as stipulated in his contract. Spanish newspaper El País reported Thursday that Messi's current contract with Barcelona includes the option for the...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2019, file photo, Netherlands' Jackie Groenen celebrates after scoring during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France. The first-ever Manchester derby in the Women’s Super League opens the season when the competition is still a boost in crowds after the big interest in England’s run to the Women’s World Cup semifinals. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
September 05, 2019 - 10:41 pm
LONDON (AP) — From her new home in Manchester, Jackie Groenen will gaze across to the nearby stands of Old Trafford visualizing the day she can play in the stadium. Groenen can dream big this year. Even before helping the Netherlands reach its first Women's World Cup final in July, Groenen had...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Ukraine's Serhii Buletsa, front, duels for the ball with United States' Sergino Dest during a Group D U20 World Cup soccer match in Bielsko Biala, Poland. Dest, an 18-year-old Ajax outside back eligible for the United States and the Netherlands, could make his U.S. debut in Friday's exhibition against Mexico but also has been in contact with the Dutch soccer federation. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
September 05, 2019 - 4:44 pm
SHORT HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Sergiño Dest's tenure with the U.S. national team could be lengthy. Or he might cut it short. The 18-year-old defender is scheduled to start Friday night's exhibition against Mexico in his debut for the American senior team but could switch his affiliation to the...
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Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, left, and Sheffield United's John Egan battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 3:49 pm
SHORT HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Christian Pulisic thinks about all the talented young American players and thinks they could go far in next year's Olympic men's soccer tournament, perhaps himself included. "I would never completely count that out because it's a huge honor to play for your country in the...
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Workers install a giant replica of the Champions League trophy ahead of the UEFA group stage draw outside the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 04, 2019 - 2:45 pm
A study commissioned by UEFA to aid in the debate over the future of the Champions League shows the financial and talent gap between the top five European leagues and the other 50 leagues on the continent is growing. The destabilizing effect of the power of the "Big Five" leagues — England, Spain,...
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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford reacts after missing to score on a penalty kick during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, England Saturday, Aug, 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
September 04, 2019 - 9:42 am
LONDON (AP) — Soccer players in England are asking social media companies to permanently delete accounts after a single racist post and commit greater resources to identifying abuse. The Professional Footballers' Association met with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after many of its members staged...
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Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
September 04, 2019 - 5:45 am
MILAN (AP) — A group of Inter Milan "ultra" fans have written a social media post saying monkey chants at soccer matches are not meant to be racist. The group posted a statement on its Facebook page after Cagliari supporters racially abused Inter striker Romelu Lukaku. "We understand that it could...
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Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
September 03, 2019 - 7:29 am
MILAN (AP) — The Italian league's disciplinary judge says he needs more evidence before deciding if Cagliari should be punished for the racist chants aimed at Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku. League judge Gerardo Mastrandrea did not even mention the word "racist" in his weekly report, referring...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against the Netherlands in Decines, France. Across the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), attendance overall is up about 15 percent this year, with the most dramatic upward swings coming after U.S. national team’s victory this summer at the World Cup in France. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
September 03, 2019 - 6:00 am
ZURICH (AP) — Eight countries have stayed in the bidding contest to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, with Belgium and Bolivia dropping out. FIFA says it has sent "the updated bidding and hosting documents" to the eight member federations. They must file detailed bid plans for the first 32-team...
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