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2015 Women's World Cup venues face winter quality check

Womens World Cup 2015By David Owen
October 31 – The venue for the final of next year's women's World Cup in Canada will need to seek recertification in January, to verify that its artificial pitch surface remains of the necessary quality.

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South Korea and France submit bids for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA signageBy Mark Baber
October 31 - South Korean and French delegations have handed over rival bids for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2018 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Thursday to FIFA President Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke.

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2015 turf wars: FIFA says it is about pitch quality and weather, lawyers disagree

Womens World Cup 2015By Andrew Warshaw
October 30 - FIFA have broken their silence over the artificial turf controversy that threatens to disrupt next year's Womens World Cup in Canada, insisting the pitches will be of the highest standard and rejecting any sense of discrimination against female players.

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Real Madrid and Germany dominate Ballon d'Or shortlist

Ballon dOrOctober 28 - Six Real Madrid players are on the 23-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or FIFA World Player of the Year award.

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Turf war hits new level of aggression as women complain of intimidation

Womens World Cup 2015By Andrew Warshaw
October 28 - Lawyers representing an elite group of international players fighting to play on natural grass at next June's Women's World Cup have added a retaliation claim against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association, claiming "unlawful reprisal threats" towards those participating.

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Relations with Winter games feds go down hill fast as Kasper warns on TV cash

Gian-Franco KasperBy Andrew Warshaw
October 28 - As FIFA builds towards the latest meeting with football's stakeholders to discuss exactly when to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, one of the main winter sports bodies has warned against a clash with the Winter Olympics.

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Prince Ali poised to run for position at the head of the FIFA table

Prince Ali bin al HusseinBy Paul Nicholson
October 22 - Latest rumours are that Asia's FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has been persuaded to run for the presidency of FIFA. If confirmed he could be the third candidate prepared to take on current FIFA president Sepp Blatter in his bid for a fifth term at the head of the world governing body.

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Interviewee beware, FIFA ethics' confidential doesn't mean confidential after all

Michael Garcia6By Paul Nicholson
October 20 – In response to allegations and evidence that he promised confidentiality to those interviewed in his investigation of the bidding process for 2018 and 2022, FIFA's chief ethics investigator, Michael Garcia, has told German news magazine Der Spiegel that the wording is merely a "standard statement".

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Exclusive: FIFA plans to ramp up Ebola aid and awareness drive

Michel DHoogheBy Andrew Warshaw
October 20 - FIFA is to step up its global awareness drive highlighting the threat of the Ebola virus which has killed more than 4,500 people and has placed next year's African Cup of Nations in serious jeopardy.

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