The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officially invited Iranian football referee Alireza Faghani to the Referee Seminar for 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Italy later this year.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says FIFA is expected to abandon its old definition of the Israeli- occupied West Bank as a "disputed" territory, saying a recent UN resolution condemning settlements increases pressure on the world’s football governing body to stop Israeli clubs from holding matches in the area.
A top Iranian sports official said the Islamic Republic has registered a formal protest with FIFA over the body’s recent decision to impose a fine of thousands of dollars on the Iranian football federation for “several religious manifestations” during a game last month.
Iran national under-17 football team, more commonly known as Nojavanan, has for the first time secured a place for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) U-17 World Cup, following an impressive win at the AFC U-16 Championship in India.
Iran clinched a FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 semifinal place for the first time since 1992 as Ahmed Esmaeilpour struck deep into extra time to see off Paraguay 4-3 in an incredible climax during Bucaramanga’s final game of the tournament.
Dozens of members of the European Parliament have called on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to take measures against soccer clubs based in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, and prevent them from taking part in official tournaments.