Football risks losing its appeal, we must rethink the way it is structured: Infantino

Football risks losing its global appeal in the face of myriad challenges posed by a technology-driven and changing world, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned. To retain its hold over billions of fans, the world sport, or the spectator’s sport, must embrace new ideas and innovations going forward, one of which appears to be the […]

FIFA President Gianni Infantino explains outcomes of FIFA Council meeting

The FIFA Council on Wednesday endorsed the holding of a global summit 20th December 2021 by videoconference in order to discuss the future of football after receiving a detailed update on the ongoing consultation process on the topic. Following the request by FIFA’s member associations at the 71st FIFA Congress in May 2021 that a […]

Ceferin warns Infantino of ‘terrible consequences’ in pushing for WC vote

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino against pushing ahead with a vote on the plan for a biennial World Cup saying there would be “terrible consequences” to such a move. The FIFA Council is meeting later on Wednesday and the plans for a new international match calendar, including a World […]

India coach Stimac supports FIFA’s biennial WC plan but wants to know if there’s financial reasons

India football team head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday supported FIFA’s plan to hold the World Cup every two years but said he would want to know if the world body is looking for “more money” for itself with such a move. FIFA revealed its detailed plan last month, after meeting with retired players, to […]

FIFA to Expand Gaming and E-Sports Portfolio

World football’s governing body FIFA said on Friday that it will widen its gaming and e-sports portfolio to ensure that controlling rights don’t lie in the hands of one party. This comes after a report by The New York Times earlier this week that said videogame publisher Electronic Arts is struggling to renew the contract […]

EA Sports Is Planning for a FIFA Without FIFA

It is one of the longest and most profitable relationships in sports. Nearly three decades after soccer’s global governing body licensed its name to a California video game maker looking to expand its offerings, the FIFA series that was born out of that partnership has become not so much a game as a cultural phenomenon. […]

FIFA Wants $1 Billion From EA Every Four Years for Its Name: Report

FIFA wants more than a billion dollars every four years — more than double what it currently gets from Electronic Arts. That is reportedly the gist of EA Sports considering renaming its immensely-popular football video game FIFA, whose latest edition FIFA 22 launched earlier in October. The current 10-year agreement between the two that expires […]

FIFA plan to postpone Club World Cup until 2022

FIFA plans to postpone the Club World Cup until early next year due to hosting challenges linked to the pandemic, people familiar with the planning said. Coronavirus restrictions led to Japan withdrawing from staging the seven-team tournament this December, and South Africa then abandoned a bid due to the need to get more of the […]

FIFA 23 Could Be Called EA Sports FC, as EA Considers Dropping FIFA Brand

FIFA 22 might be the last FIFA game. EA Sports is considering dropping the FIFA branding that comes from its licensing agreement with the global footballing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association — or FIFA. While Electronic Arts didn’t say what it could be called going forward, trademark applications submitted in the UK and EU […]

FIFA 22 Title Update #1 Fixes Goalkeepers, Improves Refereeing Logic

FIFA 22 is getting its first major patch — labelled Title Update #1 — that comes with a bunch of gameplay changes, chiefly in the goalkeeping department. As you might have read in FIFA 22 reviews, including ours, goalkeepers are really powerful in EA Sports’ new football sim. But they also seem to be broken […]

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