Tags: International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)

Will Europe Start Buying Major League Soccer’s Stars?

M.L.S. has supported these academies with initiatives like paying to send youth coaches to learn at France’s famed Clairefontaine training center. It is the maturing of this system that will hopefully produce more players like Davies. Bob Lenarduzzi, president of the Whitecaps, said the team tried to mimic clubs like Ajax and Lyon, who are…

The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight

DOHA, Qatar — The roads here can be impervious to GPS navigation. Drive around the city, and the green line on the screen will start interlacing into useless shapes. The robot voice will begin to contradict itself. Qatar has been this way, to an extent, for more than two decades, since a gas boom transformed…

The World Cup’s Hot New Accessory Comes With a Few Questions

MOSCOW — The must-have accessory at the 2018 World Cup is a passport-sized badge of honor that, for many fans, symbolizes the fulfillment of a lifetime’s ambition. The badge, called a Fan ID, is an innovation introduced at the World Cup for the first time and is almost as valuable as a ticket. No fan…