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FIFA set to limit number of international loans clubs can make

The FC guys say VAR is what needs to be fixed, not the offside law.

Restrictions on the international loan of players are set to come into force in July as part of a wide-ranging reform of the transfer system, FIFA said on Thursday.

The global soccer body said it would also establish a new system of so-called "training compensation" for ensuring that clubs receive a fair slice of the cake when players they develop leave at a young age and are involved in expensive transfers later in their careers.

FIFA said that a meeting of its stakeholders committee -- featuring...

FIFA urged to ban staging of league games in other countries

Miami's Hard Rock Stadium has hosted several notable friendlies, including Barcelona-Real Madrid in 2017.
Barcelona and Real Madrid players are pictured ahead of a friendly Clasico matchup in Miami.

The FIFA Stakeholders Committee has recommended that football's governing body should formally prevent leagues from holding official league matches outside of their home territories, a move that could thwart La Liga's plan to hold a regular-season game in Miami.

The committee released a statement after meeting on Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland, saying: "With regard to matches and competitions with an international dimension, the committee endorsed the principle set out by the FIFA Council that...

MLS' Don Garber against staging league games in other countries

NEW YORK -- MLS commissioner Don Garber has voiced his opposition to leagues scheduling regular season matches outside of their home countries.

The comment was made at MLS Media Day as Garber was about to head to Zurich, Switzerland for a meeting of the FIFA Stakeholders Committee in which the topic is among the agenda items. The 23-person committee is chaired by CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani, and includes Garber and U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro.

The topic interests...

No major revamp of VAR, laws or offside for next season - sources

The IFAB will not make any major changes to the Laws of the Game at its Annual General Meeting on Feb. 29, sources have told ESPN.

Football's lawmakers will meet in Belfast next month to formally approve any changes to the laws, which will take effect from June 1. But after making several high-profile changes for this season, including the controversial attacking handball law, any modifications will be low key.

A report in The Times last month suggested that FIFA would propose changing the offside...

FIFA bans Bahrain player 10 games for racist gesture

FIFA has banned a Bahrain player for 10 games for racism in a World Cup qualifier.

Sayed Baqer formed a slanted-eye gesture toward fans at the Nov. 14 game in Hong Kong. The incident was captured on camera from the stands as the players left the field and the footage was posted on Twitter.

Baqer was also fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,000).

The strong punishment has been imposed after FIFA announced in July that the minimum ban for racism was being doubled to 10 games.

In a separate case from 2022...

FIFA considering staging Women's World Cup every two years - Infantino

USWNT forward Mallory Pugh joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to discuss new head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
New USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski addresses the pressure of coaching the two-time reigning World Cup winners.

The Women's World Cup could be staged every two years, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday.

The competition is currently held every four years, with the United States lifting the trophy in 2015 and again this July in France.

Infantino said he is keen on a proposal from the French federation to double the frequency of the Women's World Cup because of its "incredible impact for the development of the game" compared to club soccer.

"We need to see what kind of big events we can create," Infantino...