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Match officials in 2018 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA referees committee announced a list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees, representing 46 different countries, on 29 March to officiate the 2018 FIFA World Cup games in Russia. The FIFA committee also selected 13 referees who will act solely as video assistant referees (VARs), during the tournament. The selection criteria for these …

Daily News Egypt

EFA appreciates FIFA’s efforts to facilitate following World Cup

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) thanked the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) for its efforts to allow Arab fans, especially Egyptians, to follow the World Cup, according to a statement on Saturday. A disagreement had erupted between Egypt’s Competition Authority (ECA) and FIFA recently over the tournament’s broadcasting​ rights. The ECA said that FIFA …

Daily News Egypt

COMESA opens investigation into FIFA over World Cup broadcast rights

The Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), in an official statement released Tuesday, said that the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) opened an investigation into the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) for not terrestrially broadcasting the World Cup’s matches that will kick off on Thursday in Russia. The ECA explained that based on …

Daily News Egypt

Tales from the history of the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the most important football competition in the world. It has been held 20 times so far. The first world football event was held in 1930 in Uruguay, which then took the world title. The Egyptian team was the first African and Arab team to participate in the World Cup. For …

Daily News Egypt

FIFA increases number of football teams to 48 in 2026 World Cup 

In the past years, it was common that 32 football teams participate in the FIFA World Cup, which will also happen in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. However, the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, previously suggested increasing the number …

Maya Nawar

Israeli-Palestinian struggle returns to the soccer pitch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused world soccer body FIFA of allowing FIFA-sanctioned matches to be played on occupied land in the West Bank in violation of FIFA rules and has demanded that the group ensure that future games be staged within the borders of Israel prior to the 1967 Middle East war. The HRW …

James Dorsey

Kuwaiti rulers fight their internal battles on the sports field

Political infighting within Kuwait’s ruling family is about to take a dramatic turn with reports that the Gulf state plans to dissolve its national sports organisations in a blatant illustration of the incestuous relationship between sports and politics. The expected Kuwaiti move, part of an effort to sideline Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a member of …

James Dorsey