November 3 – News has broken in Switzerland of an alleged $387 million intelligence operation funded by Qatar to spy, gather information and destroy the reputations of football executives and who might be contrary to their interests and threaten their ability to complete the hosting of the World Cup.
November 1 – Spain have retained the U-17 Women’s World Cup title defeating Colombia 1-0 in the final to bring the second FIFA tournament ever staged in India to a close.
November 1 – After a short VISA pre-sale window for tickets to the Women’s World Cup 2023, FIFA has now opened up the sales window to all fans.
October 31 – Jack Warner, football’s most wanted man who is banned for life for corruption, has broken his silence over voting for Russia to stage the 2018 World Cup.
October 26 – Defending champions Spain will take on Germany in an all-European semi-final of the U-17 Women’s World Cup as Colombia play Nigeria in the other last-four encounter.
October 25 – While FIFA is demanding that broadcasters in Europe’s biggest TV markets in the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain massively increase their offers for broadcast rights to the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand, the world governing body has agreed a deal with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for 28 of the continent’s smaller TV territories.
By Andrew Warshaw
October 25 – FIFA is coming under further pressure to kick Iran out of next month’s World Cup – this time because of its military support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
October 24 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino has reiterated that the world governing body will not accept low bids for the Women’s World Cup broadcast rights.
October 21 – Barring a miracle, Gianni Infantino will retain his FIFA presidency in 2023 after a third confederation threw its weight behind his re-election. On Friday, the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) confirmed it will unanimously back Infantino.
October 21 – FIFA is not joining Swiss prosecutors in appealing to overturn last summer’s acquittals of former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini on corruption charges, according to reports.
October 21 – FIFA has rejected TV bids for next year’s Women’s World Cup for being too low, instead going back to the market urging broadcasters to invest more.
October 20 – In a seemingly never-ending saga, Swiss federal prosecutors have filed an appeal to overturn last summer’s acquittals of former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini on corruption charges.
By Samindra Kunti in Mumbai
October 19 – Tanzania’s ‘Serengeti Girls’ created history by reaching the last eight of the U-17 World Cup, holding Canada to a 1-1 draw to secure a vital point in Group D. Spain, Colombia and Japan completed the quarter-final line-up.
October 19 – Tazuni, described as a fun, football-loving penguin, is the Official Mascot of the Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
October 17 – FIFA has agreed a multi-year agreement with digital consultant and software provider Globant who will become the Global Platform Supporter of FIFA+, FIFA’s newly launched streaming platform.