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Teams Improvise After Taking Field in Matching Socks

Showcase match has to wait while Arsenal goes shopping

(Newser) - For nearly a half-hour, no one noticed the problem as Chelsea and Arsenal warmed up for the Women's Super League game, their biggest of the season. Then somebody pointed out to match officials that the two teams had taken the field wearing matching white socks, Forbes reports. The players...

Judge Rules on Soccer Honcho's 'Unconsented' Kiss

Luis Rubiales, Spain's former soccer chief, must head to trial, per Thursday ruling

(Newser) - After sullying his nation's Women's World Cup victory, former Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales will face trial for kissing forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent at the final. Judge Francisco de Jorge ruled on Thursday that Rubiales' kiss was "unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a...

Rapinoe's Final Game Has 'Worst Possible Outcome'

Two soccer greats were facing off in title match

(Newser) - Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger had imagined something else entirely for their final match. The two stars were to compete against each other in the NWSL championship on Saturday night in San Diego, Gotham vs. OL Reign, a meaningful farewell for two of the greatest players in women's soccer....

FIFA Lays Down Hammer on Spain's Ex-Soccer Chief

Luis Rubiales is barred from sport for 3 years for misconduct after he kissed player during World Cup

(Newser) - FIFA banned Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish soccer federation, from the sport for three years on Monday for misconduct at the Women's World Cup final, where he forcibly kissed a player on the lips at the trophy ceremony. FIFA didn't publish details of the verdict...

Spain Changes Team's Name After Kiss Controversy

Soccer federation dropping 'women' from name in 'conceptual shift'

(Newser) - By eliminating the words for "women's soccer" from the name of its national team, the Spanish Football Federation is hoping to show it has changed its view of the sport. Spain made the move toward greater equality this week as part of an agreement between the governing body...

More Bad News for Rubiales Over That Kiss

Jenni Hermoso has formally accused soccer federation president of sexual assault

(Newser) - The coach of the Spanish national women's soccer team is out of a job , but soccer federation president Luis Rubiales still has his despite his very public unwanted kiss. Rubiales has been defiant in refusing to step down after kissing player Jenni Hermoso on the lips in the wake...

Amid Soccer Controversy, One Head Rolls in Spain
Now Out as Coach,
Jorge Vilda Responds

Now Out as Coach, Jorge Vilda Responds

Women's national team coach says he was 'unfairly' fired

(Newser) - How is Jorge Vilda doing in the wake of being fired as the coach of Spain's women's national team? "I am as good as one can be after being named world champion 16 days ago, then 10 days ago getting a four-year contract extension, plus the year...

Infamous Kiss in Spain Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer
Infamous Kiss in Spain
Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer
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Infamous Kiss in Spain Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer

Backlash against Luis Rubiales seen as an 'epochal moment' for nation's culture of machismo

(Newser) - As of Tuesday afternoon, Luis Rubiales remained president of the Spanish Football Federation. However, his ability to keep that post looks more uncertain by the hour because of the infamous kiss he planted on the lips of soccer player Jennifer Hermoso following Spain's World Cup championship. At this point,...

FIFA Chief on Equal Pay: 'Pick the Right Battles'

Gianni Infantino catches flak for telling women players to 'convince us men'

(Newser) - Equal pay has long been a bone of contention for women's soccer, and FIFA's president appears to be on the side of achieving "equality" overall, but his recent wording on the subject is rankling some fans. Speaking at the FIFA Women's Football Convention ahead of Sunday'...

Coach Resigns After US Women's 'Stunning' World Cup Loss: Source

Vlatko Andonovski is reportedly out

(Newser) - US women's national team coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The move comes less than two weeks after the Americans were knocked out of the Women's World Cup earlier than ever before . The person spoke to the...

2023's World Cup Has a Cinderella Team

Women's team from Jamaica knocks Brazil out of Women's World Cup, advances to next round

(Newser) - It's been a tough battle to keep the Jamaican women's soccer team funded and functional over the years, but on Wednesday, all of those efforts paid off as the players knocked Brazil out of the Women's World Cup tournament with a 0-0 draw, advancing to the next...

BBC Apologizes After Reporter's Question to Soccer Player

Journalist asked Moroccan captain if there are gay players on her team

(Newser) - The BBC has apologized after one of its reporters asked the captain of Morocco's women's soccer team what many are calling a dangerous question. During a press conference before the team's Women's World Cup opener against Germany, which it went on to lose, Ghizlane Chebbak was...

Irish Team Decides Soccer Friendly Wasn't

After shortened match, Colombia player mocks complainers over 'one little foul'

(Newser) - A soccer friendly between the Colombia and Republic of Ireland women's teams was called after 20 minutes when the Irish side said its players "feared for their bodies." Denise O'Sullivan, an Irish midfielder, was taken to a hospital after a violent challenge, the Guardian reports; X-rays showed...

Abuse Whistleblower Returns to World Cup Play

Sinead Farrelly makes Ireland's roster after nearly seven years away from soccer

(Newser) - Sinead Farrelly, who came forward with misconduct allegations that sparked a reckoning in US soccer, has been named to Ireland's team for the Women's World Cup. Farrelly and fellow player Mana Shim accused former National Women's Soccer League coach Paul Riley of misconduct and sexual coercion in...

'What an Extraordinary Moment' for Teen Soccer Star

Alyssa Thompson, 18, scores 11 minutes into her NWSL debut in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Earlier this year, 18-year-old Alyssa Thompson became the first high school player to be the top pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft. On Sunday, a mere 11 minutes into her NWSL debut, Thompson showed why. The teen rocketed a shot into the top right corner of the...

This 18-Year-Old Notches a Soccer Milestone

Alyssa Thompson is the first high school student selected first in NWSL draft

(Newser) - Alyssa Thompson has just gone from being a high school soccer phenom to a professional athlete. On Thursday, the 18-year-old became the first high schooler to be selected first in the National Women's Soccer League draft, reports Yahoo Sports . Don't be surprised if her younger sister Gisele follows...

Report Finds 'Systemic' Abuse in Women's Soccer

Investigator found emotional abuse, sexual misconduct 'rooted in a deeper culture in women's soccer'

(Newser) - An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women's Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players, according to a report released Monday, per the AP . "Abuse in the NWSL is rooted...

Hope Solo Speaks Out on 'Worst Night of My Life'

Retired soccer goalkeeper says drinking that led to DUI spurred partly from postpartum depression

(Newser) - Nearly a month after pleading guilty to charges of driving while impaired in North Carolina in late March, while her twin toddlers were in the car, Hope Solo is talking publicly about what happened. Making an appearance this week on her Hope Solo Speaks podcast , the 41-year-old former soccer goalkeeper...

An Ugly Arrest for Soccer Great Hope Solo

Hope Solo
Pleads Guilty

Hope Solo Pleads Guilty

Gets 30 days, fine in DWI case

(Newser) - Update: Hope Solo on Monday pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 30 days, with 30 days' credit given for the time she spent in an inpatient rehab facility . She was also hit with $3,100 in fees and fines and ordered to complete all recommended substance...

Player With Limb Difference Makes Debut With US Team

Carson Pickett played all 90 minutes in women's soccer team win over Colombia

(Newser) - Carson Pickett, who was born without a left hand and forearm, made history with the US national women's soccer team in Tuesday's 2-0 win in a friendly against Colombia. The 28-year-old became the first player with a limb difference to play for the USNWT, and she stayed on...

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