• Nine countries have already joined host nation Brazil in next year's World Cup and more will secure their places when qualifying resumes across the globe from Friday.

    In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 21 2013, Ethiopian supporters celebrate a goal during a game against Zambia, during their African Cup of Nations tournament in Nelspruit, South Africa. After falling off the football map for thre decades Ethiopia is now just two games away from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    LAST UPDATE : Oct 10, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to journalists following the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Blatter said a final decision on which months to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be delayed until 2015.

    FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia expects his investigations into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to last into next year.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 08, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT
  • In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Egyptian security forces and civilians detain a supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi near Ramsis Square, in Cairo. Deadly clashes left dozens dead and scores injured as rival crowds of supporters of the military and backers of Morsi poured into streets around the country on Sunday, as a holiday marking the anniversary of the last war with Israel turned into a showdown between the country's two rival camps.

    Ghana wants a neutral venue for next month's crucial World Cup playoff against Egypt, saying it's too dangerous to play in Cairo.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 08, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT
  • Members of the union UNIA demonstrate in front of the FIFA headquarters against the working conditions for the soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been pushing for a switch but will likely meet opposition from Europe and the United States. They want FIFA to consult widely before agreeing to a change from the usual Ju

    FIFA leaders agreed to set up a working group to study switching the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the extreme summer heat.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 04, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT
  • This photo taken on August 10, 2013 shows Chinese fans congratulating Euller of Brazil (C) after the China and Brazil Legends game at the Olympic Stadium also known as the 'Bird's Nest in Beijing. The game won by Brazil 2-1 stars football legends from previous World Cup campaigns and the Chinese side once again be led by Serbian coach Bora Milutinovic, who took China to its only World Cup in 2002.

    FIFA has received applications for more than 4.5 million tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a week before the first phase of sales ends.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 04, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter adjusts his glasses as President of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub (unseen) listens on, during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 7, 2013. Blatter is on a four-day-official visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel and neighboring Jordan during which he will notably launch football turf fields.

    FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 03, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT
  • Bulgaria's players pose before the start of the World Cup 2014 qualification football match between Bulgaria and Malta on March 22, 2013, at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia. Top row from left: Bulgaria's midfielder Georgi Milanov, Bulgaria's defender Ivan Ivanov, Bulgaria's defender Veselin Minev, Bulgaria's midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev and Bulgaria's goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov; Bottom row from left: Bulgaria's forward Emil Gargorov ,Bulgaria's defender Yordan Minev, Bulgaria's forward Ivelin Popov.

    A Bulgarian player who tested positive for banned substances after a World Cup qualifying match has been suspended by FIFA.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 26, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT
  • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, centre, keeps the ball from Manchester United's Chris Smalling during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 22, 2013.

    City received 157 points out of a possible 180 in the team vote to finish 20 points ahead of Napoli.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 24, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
  • Brazil's former World Cup champions, from left, Zagallo, Marcos, Rivellino, Amarildo who holds the World Cup, and Bebeto pose for a photo below the Christ the Redeemer statue at the launch of the FIFA WCUP Trophy Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The trophy is set to embark on an extensive journey, covering more than 80 countries, giving the opportunity to millions of fans to see the authentic solid-gold trophy. Brazil will host the World Cup soccer tournament in 2014.

    With one lab suspended and its replacement unfinished, Brazil won't be able to handle drug testing for the 2014 World Cup alone and is looking overseas for help.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT