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Senator: No equal pay, no public '26 WC funds

U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro addressed the World Cup winning women's national team's call for equal pay, among chants from the crowd in New York City.
Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe discuss public perception surrounding the USWNT's class action lawsuit and Rapinoe's chat with Gianni Infantino.
Megan Rapinoe addresses the back-and-forth with President Donald Trump and how she "held up her end of the bargain."
Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan explain what legacy the 2019 U.S. women's national team leaves behind.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent the federal government from providing funding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup until the United States Soccer Federation agrees to equal pay for its men's and women's national teams.

"No federal funds may be appropriated or otherwise made available to provide support for the 2026 World Cup, including support for a host city, a participating State or local agency, the United States Soccer Federation, the Confederation of North,...

Australia, Indonesia discuss joint World Cup bid

Australia has held discussions with Indonesia about making a joint bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup, Football Federation Australia said on Thursday.

"Football Federation Australia confirms it has held discussions with the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) about the possibility to jointly bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup," the FFA said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

"An Indonesia-Australia joint bid was also discussed at last week's ASEAN Football Federation Council Meeting in Laos."

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Platini detained as part of 2022 World Cup probe

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained on suspicion of corruption.

Michel Platini, the former UEFA president, was detained in Paris early on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding process.

The detention and questioning of the former French football star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and has since been confirmed to ESPN FC by judicial sources. However, he has denied any wrongdoing.

His public relations team says the former UEFA president is "absolutely confident''...

Spain and Portugal to assess 2030 World Cup bid

FIFA World Cup trophy
Spain and Portugal will undertake 'an in-depth analysis' of a possible joint bid.

Spain and Portugal will start an analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, the countries' football federations said on Saturday.

They did not make any mention of Morocco, who were previously also said to have been involved.

"After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an in-depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup," a joint statement said.

"Both federations would like...

1,264 days until Qatar: WC qualifying begins

With the prospect of the 2022 World Cup now involving 48 teams becoming increasingly likely, Craig Burley thinks it will 'dilute' the quality of the tournament.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June's congress in Paris.

It has not even been 11 months since France won the World Cup in Russia but qualifying is already underway for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Qualifying began as Mongolia beat Brunei 2-0 in the first round of matches from the Asian confederation.

World Cup 2022 qualifying how it works

Four further games were scheduled in which Cambodia take on Pakistan, Laos play Bangladesh, Macau face Sri Lanka and Bhutam host Guam.

With 1,264 days until the tournament starts proper on Nov. 21, 2022 there...