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UEFA unveils revamped '22 WC playoff system, criticises VAR usage

ESPN's Dale Johnson explains how despite criticism, VAR suffers most because so few understand what's going on.

UEFA is to introduce a new-look playoff system for its 2022 World Cup qualifying competition which will avoid the need to compare results of teams in different groups.

UEFA said the 55 teams, who will be battling for 13 places at the tournament in Qatar, will be divided into 10 groups.

The 10 group winners will qualify directly for the World Cup while the runners-up will go into the playoffs along with two more teams from the 2020-21 Nations League.

Those 12 teams will then be divided into three...

United Kingdom and Ireland step up plans to co-host 2030 FIFA World Cup

Jon Champion is cautiously optimistic about England's chances at Euro 2020.
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Chances of a joint British and Irish bid to host the 2030 World Cup have grown after officials agreed to ramp up preparations, according to the general manager of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

The English FA, which has been leading a feasibility study, presented the findings to other associations at a meeting before the Euro 2020 draw on Saturday.

"The feasibility study is positive and there's a sense that the right thing to do is go forward," FAI general manager Noel Mooney told the...

FIFA bans former Brazil federation chief Ricardo Teixeira for life for bribes

Ricardo Teixeira was the president of the Brazil Football Confederation from 1989-2012.

FIFA has banned former Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira for life for receiving millions of dollars in bribes.

FIFA says Teixeira has been found guilty of taking bribes linked to commercial contracts for South American competitions from 2006-12. He was fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1m), but it is unclear how FIFA can enforce payment.

The judgment was announced four years after Teixeira was indicted by U.S. federal authorities on racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering...

England's 1,000th match: Highs and lows of Three Lions' previous 999 internationals

Craig Burley weighs in on Raheem Sterling's England camp altercation with Joe Gomez.

From David Beckham's red card (and subsequent redemption) to winning the World Cup, England's international history has been a real roller coaster...

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With the England national team set to play their 1,000th international match on Thursday against Montenegro at Wembley (stream live on ESPN+...

Soccer has always been bigger than sport

The October international break, more than most, reminded us that football, however much it tries, is not an isolated, self-contained branch of the entertainment industry. It exists in the real world, interconnected and intertwined with an international political ecosystem. The fact that it draws eyeballs, stokes passions and offers a global megaphone only makes it even more prone to the outside world.

FIFA's own statutes explicitly say that football must be free from political interference...