Women's soccer

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez gives a thumbs up as he arrives for the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. In a speech during Real Madrid’s most recent general assembly, president Florentino Perez answered questions from club members, and when asked about plans to create a women’s team, Perez didn’t answer. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, FILE)
December 10, 2018 - 4:52 am
MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president took...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 file photo, South Africa's Refiloe Jane, left, controls the ball challenged by Sweden's Fridolina Rolfo during the Women's Olympic Football Tournament at the Rio Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. No one deserves to see South Africa finally qualify for the Women’s World Cup more than Fran Hilton-Smith. She’s been the driving force behind women’s soccer in South Africa, and to an extent Africa, for more than 20 years. So, when it comes to why African teams haven’t shone as brightly as they should at the World Cup, Hilton-Smith’s opinion is worth listening to. She says the answer is simple: They just don’t play enough competitive games but, in South Africa’s case, she’s changing that. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, file)
December 09, 2018 - 2:10 pm
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — No one deserved to see South Africa finally qualify for the Women's World Cup more than Fran Hilton-Smith. Take nothing away from the players and coaches, but Hilton-Smith has been the driving force behind women's soccer in South Africa, and to an extent Africa, for...
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December 09, 2018 - 5:52 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities have suspended the head of the soccer federation and five other senior officials amid allegations of sexual and physical abuse of female athletes. Jamshed Rasooli, a spokesman for the attorney general, announced the suspensions Sunday, saying the move...
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France coach Corinne Diacre, left, and United States coach Jill Ellis pose next to the World Cup trophy during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 6:06 pm
PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time. "Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply. Turned out she was right. The defending champion Americans were grouped...
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Aya Miyama holds up the team name of Sweden during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 3:01 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is confident he can deliver a first World Cup title. Recent results leave him feeling confident Sweden can do one better than when it lost the 2003 final to Germany — and even...
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United States' Carli Lloyd smiles prior to the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 12:09 pm
PARIS (AP) — The 24 teams that qualified for the Women's World Cup are set to learn their opponents for the tournament's group stage next summer in France. Saturday's draw for soccer's most prestigious event is taking place inside La Seine Musicale, a dome-shaped concert hall perched over the river...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 1995, file photo, the Atlanta Braves celebrate after Game 6 of the baseball World Series in Atlanta. The Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians 1-0 to win the series. When Atlanta United reached Saturday's MLS Cup final, the soccer team moved to the cusp of a truly rare accomplishment. There hasn't been a big league champion in this city since the Braves' title. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)
December 08, 2018 - 3:22 am
ATLANTA (AP) — When Atlanta United reached Saturday's MLS Cup final, the 2-year-old soccer team moved to the cusp of a truly rare accomplishment. The last big league championship in this city was captured on Oct. 28, 1995 , when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians 1-0 in Game 6 of the...
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December 06, 2018 - 8:00 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has signed Visa as a sponsor of women's soccer through 2025, giving the European body deals with three payment corporations. UEFA says the seven-year partnership was possible by "the unbundling by UEFA of sponsorship rights from the men's game." It means UEFA has three...
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Ada Hegerberg, del Olympique de Lyon, festeja con el Balón de Oro, el lunes 3 de diciembre de 2018, en París (AP Foto/Christophe Ena)
December 04, 2018 - 7:47 am
PARIS (AP) — First, the good news: In 2018, a man can no longer disrespect a trailblazing sportswoman on global TV without incurring instant opprobrium. French DJ Martin Solveig learned this to his discomfort when he asked Ada Hegerberg to twerk just after she became the first female winner of the...
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Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates with the Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 03, 2018 - 6:23 pm
PARIS (AP) — Luka Modric ended the long reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d'Or for the first time on Monday, while another first saw Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg win the inaugural women's trophy. Messi and Ronaldo had won every Ballon d'Or since 2008, and usually...
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