Football pioneers look back as women’s World Cup beckons

Paving the way for the women’s World Cup, the pioneers of Reims look back 50 years on.

Football: FIFA recommends increasing 2022 World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA has recommended expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams, world football’s governing body confirmed on Friday. SOUNDBITE. MORE TO FOLLOW

Australia ‘confident’ ahead of May’s World Cup

Australia’s vice-captain Alex Carey says his side are confident of sealing what would be a stunning series victory in India after two victories on the trot – a win seen as crucial going into May’s World Cup.

US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad on France hijab row

Interview with US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who weighed in on the row over the marketing of a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France. She spoke to AFP after taking part in the Nike show to present women’s World Cup football jerseys in Paris last night. It is the first time the kit has been specifically designed for women players, who had previously worn the same jerseys as their male counterparts.

‘Scared’ World Cup migrants face Russia deportation

Like thousands of other Africans, Lamin came to Russia during the 2018 tournament on a “Fan ID” that allowed spectators to bypass the country’s usual visa requirements. While most came purely to watch the football, others had plans to stay on and find work or claim asylum in Russia. But seven months after the World Cup, their hopes are dashed and the Russian interior ministry has said it is stepping up measures to deport all over-staying guests by the end of March.

Inside Russia’s rugby national team ahead of 2019 World Cup

Russia, a future great rugby nation? While it took an improbable combination of circumstances to see a Russian team qualify for the World Cup in 2019, the world’s largest country has immense potential that remains to be exploited. “We have a good chance (for the World Cup) because our team is promising. We have something to show and we have nothing to lose.

Inside Russia’s rugby national team ahead of 2019 World Cup

Russia, a future great rugby nation? While it took an improbable combination of circumstances to see a Russian team qualify for the World Cup in 2019, the world’s largest country has immense potential that remains to be exploited.

Football: US, England and Japan prepare for “SheBelieves Cup”

England, Japan and the defending women’s World Cup champion USA train before the friendly tournament “SheBelieves Cup” in Chester, US.

Denver gets ice climbing World Cup as sport rises

Ice climbing is a sport that requires long drives and hikes through cold and snow before the fun begins, yet it’s growing in popularity in the United States. Denver hosts the Ice Climbing World Cup Finals this weekend. (Feb. 23)

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