Main stadium of Russia 2018 receives ‘green’ certification

02/02/2018 The FIFA World Cup has always had a strong influence on many aspects of society in Host Nations, and Russia is no exception. With just over four months remaining until the start of the tournament, the venue hosting the Opening Match and Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has received a final certificate of pass from international green standard BREEAM.

Al Jaber: My World Cup memories are vivid


Almost 12 years on from scoring the last of his world finals goals, former Saudi Arabia forward Sami Al Jaber spoke with about his World Cup memories and what Russia 2018 means to the country's players.

The Week in Numbers

02/02/2018 Pele, Ronaldo, the original Ronaldo, his successor in the Brazil No9 shirt, an Italian wunderkind and a precocious German professor feature in’s latest stats review, along with two rapid goals.

Brazil dominate again, Paraguay back on big stage


Brazil booked their place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 in style, winning all their matches at the South American Championships in the age group, held in Ecuador. Joining the Brazilians in France are tournament runners-up Paraguay.

Gardiner: Football has the power to improve children’s lives

01/02/2018 FIFA Grassroots expert Stanley Gardiner speaks about his experiences working with football and children during the FIFA Technical Experts' Workshop in Doha

FYR Macedonia’s rollercoaster ride continues


From playing their part in Italy’s failure to qualify for Russia and big wins against famous names, to a promising U-21 side and huge leaps up and down the world rankings, life in football is rarely dull for FYR Macedonia.

Rimet’s World Cup vision realised

01/02/2018 In the build-up to Russia 2018, will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week, we go right back to the start with a shot of Jules Rimet arriving for the tournament's first edition in Uruguay.

Trophy Tour provides fresh boost for PNG

01/02/2018 The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour™ by Coca-Cola made a special and historic stop on its global journey today as it touched down for the first time in Papua New Guinea.

Van Marwijk: I will do it my way

01/02/2018 New Australia coach Bert van Marwijk says the Socceroos are good enough to progress into the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Falcao: I’ve often pictured myself scoring at a World Cup


Radamel Falcao speaks to to share some of his memories and heroes from watching the FIFA World Cup down the years.

Uruguay stalwart Lugano hangs up the boots

31/01/2018 Diego Lugano, who captained Uruguay to a memorable semi-final appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, has announced his retirement to bring down the curtain on a glittering 19-year playing career.

FIFA Technical Experts’ Workshop in Doha


The FIFA Technical Experts’ Workshop 2018 has brought 75 FIFA experts from 45 different countries to Doha for a seminar that will showcase part of Gianni Infantino’s "FIFA 2.0" strategy, designed to further develop the game, protect its integrity and ensure that it spreads to all four corners of the globe.

Ghana and Nigeria make it five in a row


Nigeria and Ghana triumphed in Africa to secure the last two spots at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, with the pair set to appear at their fifth-successive finals.

Dalic: My dream has come true with Croatia


Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic speaks to about how he revived the team's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, the importance of Luka Modric and the enduring importance of France 1998 to his country's people.

Oceania field takes shape

30/01/2018 Cook Islands’ Tupapa Maraerenga and Samoa’s Lupe Ole Soaga claimed the final slots in the OFC Champions League 2018 group stage after topping the preliminary stage over the weekend.

France 2018 launches volunteer appeal

29/01/2018 With the qualification of Brazil and Paraguay from the South American U-20 Women’s Championship on Sunday, the 16-team line-up for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 is now complete. However, there are still some other key slots to be filled – ones that will allow successful applicants to experience this wonderful event up close. We are, of course, referring to the tournament volunteers.

Teenage DhTekKz stuns all at FUT Champions Cup


The first 16 names set for the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs were confirmed at the FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona, while a new name rose into the consciousness of the eSports world: 16-year-old DhTekKz.

Marco Fazzone appointed Director of the FIFA World Football Museum


Marco Fazzone has been appointed as the Director of the FIFA World Football Museum. Fazzone, who is currently the Managing Director of Design & Regional Art Fairs of the MCH Group Ltd. in Basel, will take up the post in February 2018.

Hungarian football investing in its future


The Hungarian Football Association has looked to develop its football infrastructure with the installation of as many as 40 new community pitches and the purchase of 1,000 defibrillators, part-funded by the FIFA Forward Programme.

Alves: Neymar had to step out of Messi’s shadow


Dani Alves is hoping to make 2018 one of his most memorable years to date. The charismatic defender spoke to about his UEFA Champions League dreams with PSG, his team-mate Neymar, and more besides.

Paraguay, Brazil scoop up tickets to France 2018

29/01/2018 Brazil and Paraguay have won South America’s two tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018.

Mexico prevail in strengthened CONCACAF region


Mexico were crowned CONCACAF champions for the first time in their history as they led the region's trio heading to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, joined by runners-up USA and third-placed Haiti.


Haiti book CONCACAF's final ticket to France 2018


Haiti booked the final ticket from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 with a 1-0 victory over Canada in the match for third place at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.

Goalkeeping great Buffon turns 40


On his 40th birthday, celebrates the winner of the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award and a FIFA World Cup™ winner with Italy, Gianluigi Buffon.

Nigeria and Ghana keep their good habits



The Week in Quotes


This week we feature Robin van Persie's return to Feyenoord, Javier Mascherano's emotional farewell at the Camp Nou and Christine Sinclair's latest honour in her homeland.

USA edge Haiti on penalties to book France 2018 ticket


Defending regional champions USA defeated Haiti 3-0 on penalties, after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time, in the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship semi-finals to book a trip to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018.

Sochi prepares to welcome World Cup teams


On 27-28 February, the Team Workshop for competing nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup  is being organised in Sochi. has all the details.