NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says its new online platform to stream soccer games will show German league matches next season.
The governing body of European soccer says www.uefa.tv is...
PARIS (AP) — Europe's top clubs and leagues have been invited to meet with UEFA after weeks of public barbs about Champions League reforms.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron angered the head of European football on Tuesday by using a speech at a FIFA reception to denounce a proposal to transform the Champions League into a...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the FIFA meetings ahead of the Women's World Cup (all times local):
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says Champions League reforms...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — UEFA said Wednesday it wants the rules of soccer changed to protect players from concussions, after its own policy for dealing with head injuries came in for criticism in...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Amid rising tensions between European clubs and leagues over shaping the Champions League's future, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin insisted Friday all ideas are on the...
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin countered "negative energy" from critics of any Champions League overhaul that could lock in places by defending the need to be "constantly thinking about...
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told leaders from European leagues not to forget the importance of big clubs in generating cash during a private meeting in which plans were detailed for a...
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German soccer official Reinhard Grindel has resigned as a UEFA vice president and as a member of the FIFA Council, one week after being forced out as president of his...
The future of the Champions League will be shaped in the coming weeks as UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hosts talks with representatives of clubs and leagues.
ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA panel overseeing Women's World Cup preparations recommended on Monday using video review to help referees, clearing the path for final confirmation next week.
1-minute silence for Emiliano Sala at Champions League games
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says a one-minute silence to honor Emiliano Sala will be held before all Champions League and Europa League games this week.
Clubs can also choose to wear black armbands as a tribute to the 28-year-old Sala, who died in an airplane crash in the English Channel last month.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says he urges "supporters across the continent to pay their respects to his memory over the coming days."
UEFA president Ceferin re-elected, won’t be FIFA ‘yes man’
ROME (AP) — Promising European soccer leaders he won't be a "yes man" for FIFA's expansion plans, Aleksander Ceferin was re-elected as UEFA president for four more years on Thursday.
Ceferin's keynote speech ahead of his win by acclamation sent clear messages to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was sitting in the front row watching his toughest opponent in soccer politics. Ceferin has been blocking FIFA from making a $25 billion deal to create and revamp international competitions.
The Latest: UEFA unhappy at clubs’ snub of video review meet
ROME (AP) — The Latest from the UEFA meetings (all times local):
Champions League clubs who did not send head coaches to a briefing on video review left UEFA feeling disrespected.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says only five of the 16 clubs who play in the first Champions League knockout round this month sent their coach or manager on Monday to Frankfurt, Germany.
Clubs, FIFA to test UEFA leader Ceferin in new 4-year term
GENEVA (AP) — The easy part of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin's next four-year term as the leader of European soccer's governing body is winning re-election Thursday as the only candidate.
After the ballot formality in Rome, challenges stack up for the lawyer from Slovenia — elite clubs demanding more Champions League money and FIFA wanting new competitions that could threaten UEFA's prized assets.
UEFA against Morocco being part of Spain-Portugal WCup bid
DUBLIN (AP) — European soccer's leadership is against Spain and Portugal combining with Morocco to bid for the 2030 World Cup.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who has previously praised plans for a British Isles tournament, said Monday he would not back a nation from another continent being involved in a European bid.
"I'm not in favor of cross-confederation bids," Ceferin said.
UEFA adds $4M for charity work, teams with boxer Klitschko
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has increased annual funding by more than $4 million for its children's charity, and added former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko as a trustee.
The European soccer body said Friday it more than doubled funding for the UEFA Foundation for Children 6.8 million euros ($7.7 million) per year instead of 3 million euros ($3.4 million).
UEFA Nations League a hit as positivity replaces skepticism
For Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA Nations League was an overwhelming thumbs up.
Across the continent, skepticism seems to have been replaced by positivity as European soccer's latest innovation replaced many unpopular friendly games in a busy calendar.
"The Nations League is even more successful than we thought," Ceferin, the president of UEFA, said after group play ended Tuesday.
UEFA looks again at video review in Champions League
BRUSSELS (AP) — UEFA could yet use video review in this season's Champions League if it decides in December to bring forward the introduction of the technology, which was originally planned for next August.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says a report from his referees department next week could mean "we will see when we can implement it. The latest is next season."
UEFA's executive committee could make a fresh decision at a Dec. 2-3 meeting in Dublin.
UEFA, Europe’s top clubs dismiss threat of new competitions
BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of UEFA and the group representing Europe's top clubs have dismissed the threat of privately run new competitions, showing unity against a FIFA-led project.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli teamed up for a news conference in Brussels after weeks of speculation about a breakaway European Super League and months of FIFA promoting a multibillion dollar Club World Cup revamp.
UEFA gets $230M sponsorship from Chinese payment platform
SHANGHAI (AP) — UEFA has secured more than 200 million euros ($230 million) from Chinese online payments platform Alipay to sponsor leading European soccer competitions.
Aleksander Ceferin set for re-election as UEFA president
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Aleksander Ceferin is set to be re-elected unopposed as UEFA president.
The Slovenian was elected in September 2016 to complete the four-year term of Michel Platini, who was banned by world soccer's ruling body FIFA for financial misconduct.
European soccer's governing body UEFA says the deadline for candidates ahead of the election in February passed on Wednesday and no challengers entered the contest.
FIFA puts new tournaments on hold due to European opposition
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A $25 billion overhaul of world soccer competitions was put on on hold after mounting disapproval from European leaders and clubs saw FIFA President Gianni Infantino backtrack on Friday and accept more consultation was necessary to avert a crisis.
A vote was abandoned hours before the council meeting where Infantino hoped to secure approval from his council on the principle of revamping the Club World Cup and establishing a Global Nations League.
European Leagues urge UEFA to make Champions League fairer
GENEVA (AP) — The European Leagues group has urged UEFA to allocate club competition entries and billions in Champions League prize money more fairly.
The leagues' proposal on Friday includes reversing changes which took effect this season giving four guaranteed Champions League group-stage places to Spain, England, Italy, and Germany, plus more guaranteed prize money to storied clubs with European titles dating back decades.
UEFA raises women’s soccer funding for member federations
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA is giving more money to its 55 member federations to invest in women's soccer.
The governing body of European soccer says a 50 percent raise will give national federations 150,000 euros ($174,000) each year from the Women's Football Development Program starting in 2020.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says "the potential for women's football is limitless."
Germany beats Turkey to host Euro 2024
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Germany won the right to host soccer's 2024 European Championship on Thursday, beating Turkey following a politically charged campaign.
Germany, which successfully hosted the 2006 World Cup, was the long-time favorite and won the UEFA executive committee vote 12-4. There was one abstention.
UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Video review will start being used to help referees next season in the Champions League, after the technology makes its UEFA debut at the Super Cup.
The UEFA executive committee also decided Thursday to approve the video assistant referee system for the 2020 European Championship and the 2020-21 Europa League.
UEFA insists no talks on Champions League final in New York
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has denied reports in Spain of ongoing talks to play the 2021 Champions League final in New York.
Ceferin says in a statement: "This idea is currently not being discussed at all."
UEFA is set to decide next year where to stage its marquee club game in 2021.
Record result for European soccer clubs with 1st-time profit
GENEVA (AP) — In a record result for European soccer, top-tier clubs combined to make a first-time profit of 600 million euros ($694 million) last year with spending on player transfers included.
UEFA research — involving 711 clubs' financial accounts ending in 2017 — showed they turned around a 300-million euro loss ($347 million) the previous year, European soccer's governing body said Sunday.
UEFA president likes British co-host bid for 2030 World Cup
MONACO (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says Britain should again host the World Cup in 2030, more than 60 years after England won its home tournament.
"After all these years it's time for that part of Europe to get the World Cup," Ceferin said on Friday at a briefing.
The UEFA leader also suggested it "would be a wise idea" for the federations to work together rather than England bid alone.
UEFA sets 2019 Super Cup target to start using video review
MONACO (AP) — UEFA plans to start using video review to help referees at next year's Super Cup.
The often-controversial technology is unlikely to be used for this season's Champions League, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Friday.
"For now, it doesn't look as though it will happen," Ceferin said a day after the Champions League draw.
The Super Cup game between this season's Champions League and Europa League winners will be played on Aug. 14, 2019, in Istanbul at the home stadium of Besiktas.
Beckham to get UEFA award for soccer, humanitarian work
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — David Beckham will get the UEFA President's Award for 2018 next week in Monaco to recognize his soccer achievements and humanitarian work.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is "a true football icon."
The annual award rewards "outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities."
UEFA president Ceferin formally nominated for re-election
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was formally nominated for re-election by his home federation in Slovenia in a coordinated campaign launch Tuesday for his expected win.
The federation said in a statement it sent a formal proposal to UEFA ahead of a Nov. 7 deadline for potential candidates to apply. The election will be on Feb. 7 in Rome.
Eight more of the 55 European federations have also pledged support for the Slovenian lawyer, who could be unopposed to get a second term.
MOSCOW (AP) — The World Cup semifinal stage is beginning with the all-European lineup being celebrated by soccer's governing body on the continent.
Belgium and France play in St. Petersburg on Tuesday and then Croatia and England meet the following night in Moscow.
It is the fifth time the last four has featured only European teams.
MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia's sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights.
World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.
Turki al-Sheikh suggested Thursday on his verified account that UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was a man "of many faces," whom he had refused to meet.
Kosovo football great Fadil Vokrri dies at 57
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Fadil Vokrri, the president of the Football Federation of Kosovo and a former Yugoslavia international, died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 57.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci declared Sunday a day of mourning "as a sign of state and civic respect." State flags will be at half-staff.
"Kosovo football has lost its greatest legend," Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said.
UEFA president Ceferin slams FIFA investor deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has criticized plans for secretive investors to buy soccer tournaments just as FIFA president Gianni Infantino promotes a $25 billion offer from a Saudi Arabia-backed fund.
During a European Union policy debate Wednesday on commercialization of elite sport, Ceferin told lawmakers: "Football is not for sale."
UEFA reveals president Ceferin is paid $1.64M salary
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA has revealed its president Aleksander Ceferin earns a pre-tax salary of 1.56 million Swiss francs ($1.64 million), fulfilling a 2016 promise of transparency on pay for top officials.
Ceferin's salary in 2016-17 is similar to FIFA President Gianni Infantino's basic salary of 1.53 million francs ($1.61 million) in 2017. The money is taxed in Ceferin's native Slovenia and also at a top rate of 51 percent in Switzerland where UEFA is based, the European soccer body said on Friday.
UEFA warns of growing wealth gap in top clubs finance study
GENEVA (AP) — Elite European soccer clubs will get even richer than rivals by cashing in on their global brands, UEFA has warned as it studies ways to help make the Champions League more competitive.
A group of 12 clubs is best placed to attract sponsors and commercial deals that are driving up income faster than domestic broadcasting rights and UEFA prize money, according to the European soccer body's analysis of 681 clubs' accounts in the 2016 financial year.
UEFA president wants lawmakers to help make soccer fairer
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin challenged European lawmakers on Wednesday to help make the business of soccer fairer.
In a speech to leaders of Europe's 55 national soccer bodies, Ceferin cited German Chancellor Angela Merkel among politicians who have criticized the sport's finances after a record offseason spending by wealthy clubs.
Syrian refugee camp in Jordan gets full-size soccer pitch
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — The head of European soccer's governing body and Jordan's Prince Ali inaugurated a full-size soccer pitch Tuesday in the kingdom's largest camp for Syrian refugees, part of efforts to bring a sense of normalcy to those faced with open-ended exile.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin kicked a ball around with Syrian children who joyfully ran onto the facility's artificial grass after the ribbon-cutting.
Agnelli foresees Champions League peace, scheduling changes
GENEVA (AP) — The new leader of Europe's top soccer clubs foresees peace for the Champions League and potential big changes to national team schedules.
Elected Tuesday to chair the 220-member European Club Association, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli gave a vision for soccer's future working closely with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
UEFA head Ceferin asks clubs for a fairer Champions League
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin wants top European clubs to help bring more fairness and equality into the Champions League.
Ceferin tells European Club Association members "the biggest challenge over the next few years will be 'competitive balance.'"
The Slovenian lawyer asks club officials: "How can we continue to develop football in Europe and avoid widening the huge gulf between the most powerful and the rest?"
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The prime minister of Slovakia wants UEFA to review a match between Italy and Germany at the Under-21 European Championship in Poland.
Germany lost to Italy 1-0 in its final group match, sending both teams to the semifinals of the three-group tournament. Slovakia, which finished second in its group, could have advanced if Germany had earned at least a draw.
UEFA wants Europe to host World Cup in 2030
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Europe is challenging China's pursuit of the 2030 World Cup, with UEFA announcing Thursday that it deserves to host the tournament.
The 2018 tournament is being staged in Russia, but the next two editions are away from Europe as Qatar is the 2022 host and North America is likely to be awarded the 2026 event.
"It is Europe's turn in 2030, clearly," UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Thursday. "So we will fight for a European host."
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — UEFA says it will create a hall of fame to honor European soccer's top players.
The plans were announced Thursday by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin ahead of the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid.
Ceferin says "we will spend the next few months creating all the criteria and we're sure that many players who played in Europe and finished their fantastic careers deserve a place in the hall of fame."
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the explosions near the bus carrying German soccer team Borussia Dortmund (all times local):
The head of European soccer's governing body is expressing shock over the explosive devices that damaged a team bus and left a player injured.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco had made the right call by canceling their scheduled Champions League match after the incident outside the Dortmund team's hotel on Tuesday night.
HELSINKI (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin accused Europe's top leagues of attempting to "blackmail" the governing body on Wednesday.
The European Professional Football Leagues, which represents leagues from 25 countries, has threatened to schedule domestic league games on the same evening as UEFA's Champions League or Europa League.
UEFA president Ceferin warns Serbia over hooligans
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has warned Serbia that its teams could be kicked out of European competitions because of fan riots and racist chants.
Ceferin says "it must be made clear that those people (hooligans) no longer can enter stadiums."
He says "Serbia is in serious danger of being kicked out of competitions at some point. That would be a catastrophe for Serbian soccer."