GPS trackers used in national team training for first time
GPS trackers used in national team training for first time

The Indian football team implemented the Player Tracking system for the first time in its ongoing preparatory camp ahead of the 2018 World Cup Qualifying game against Iran.

World Cup 2018 qualifying draw underway
World Cup 2018 qualifying draw underway

The qualifying draw involving 141 nations from five continents for the 2018 World Cup in Russia got underway in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

Outspoken Hulk dropped from World Cup draw lineup
Outspoken Hulk dropped from World Cup draw lineup

Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk has been dropped from Saturday`s star-studded lineup for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw just 24 hours before the draw takes place, FIFA confirmed on Friday.

Under fire Russia pledges to boost fight against racism
Under fire Russia pledges to boost fight against racism

Russia`s sports minister Vitaly Mutko promised Thursday that the country will step up measures against racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup after a fresh race row hit its Premier League. 

Russia in disarray ahead of World Cup draw
Russia in disarray ahead of World Cup draw

The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw takes place in Saint Petersburg on Saturday with the national game of hosts Russia in total disarray.

Russia prepares for World Cup draw amidst FIFA crisis
Russia prepares for World Cup draw amidst FIFA crisis

Preparations for Russia`s 2018 World Cup will get officially underway with the qualification draw across five confederations taking place Saturday just as FIFA continues to reel from a corruption scandal.

Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup
Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA`s president Sepp Blatter will put aside their troubles when they take centre-stage and kick-off the countdown to the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

India to host Nepal in friendly football match
India to host Nepal in friendly football match

India will be hosting earthquake-ravaged Nepal in an International football friendly on August 31.

Brazil's Hulk fears 'ugly' racism at World Cup in Russia
Brazil's Hulk fears 'ugly' racism at World Cup in Russia

Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk says racist comments are made by spectators at almost every match played in Russia and he fears "gross and ugly" racism could mar the 2018 World Cup finals.

Russian governor proposes "peace match" with Germany
Russian governor proposes "peace match" with Germany

The governor of the Russian city that was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of World War Two, wants to stage a "peace match" between the Russian and German national soccer teams in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup.

Russia in no danger of losing 2018 World Cup, says sports minister Vitaly Mutko
Russia in no danger of losing 2018 World Cup, says sports minister Vitaly Mutko

There is no threat of Russia being stripped of the World Cup due to the impending change of FIFA president or the FBI probe into alleged corruption at world football`s governing body, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

Jorge Sampaoli to stay with Chile, insist Federation
Jorge Sampaoli to stay with Chile, insist Federation

Jorge Sampaoli will stay on as coach of Copa America winners Chile until the 2018 World Cup despite hinting he might seek a new challenge, the Chilean Federation president declared on Monday.

Political pressure influenced 2018, 2022 World Cup votes: Sepp Blatter
Political pressure influenced 2018, 2022 World Cup votes: Sepp Blatter

 World football's governing body FIFA's president Sepp Blatter on Sunday said former French and German presidents tried to influence the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes for hosting rights.

Dunga still Brazil coach despite Copa America exit
Dunga still Brazil coach despite Copa America exit

Brazil coach Dunga will keep his job until after the 2018 World Cup despite the team's quarterfinal exit at the Copa America, the country's top football official said.

Brazil defeat a learning experience: Dunga
Brazil defeat a learning experience: Dunga

Brazil`s beleaguered coach Dunga insisted Saturday his side`s miserable Copa America campaign had been a useful experience for his squad as they build towards the 2018 World Cup.

Russia slash World Cup budget by 30 billion rubles
Russia slash World Cup budget by 30 billion rubles

Russia have slashed their budget for the 2018 World Cup by almost 30 billion rubles (490 million euros, $560 million), the government said on Monday, without giving a reason.

Russia won FIFA World Cup 2018 bid 'honestly': Vladimir Putin
Russia won FIFA World Cup 2018 bid 'honestly': Vladimir Putin

 Russia fought honestly for the right to host the 2018 World Cup and the decision should not be called into question, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

India had less time for preparation for WC qualifying: Bhaichung Bhutia
India had less time for preparation for WC qualifying: Bhaichung Bhutia

A day after India suffered a humiliating defeat to Guam in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia said that the team had less time for preparation.

2018 World Cup qualifying: Guam stun India as Aussies survive scare
2018 World Cup qualifying: Guam stun India as Aussies survive scare

Guam stunned India to move to the top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday, while Japan saw their campaign get off to a rocky start as they were held to a goalless draw by Singapore.

Swiss authorities say FIFA has handed over IT data
Swiss authorities say FIFA has handed over IT data

Switzerland`s Office of the Attorney General said soccer`s governing body FIFA had handed over IT data on Wednesday.