March 21 – Poland has been awarded the right to host the 2019 U-20 World Cup, seeing off competition from India. Peru will host the 2019 U-17 World Cup.
“We’re happy about the FIFA decision,” the head of the Polish Football Association PZPN Zbigniew Boniek told local media. “It’s a token of great trust, vested in us by the largest football organisation in the world.”
Poland had been the lead candidate among the bidding candidates.
March 21 – UEFA has extended its partnership with the Leaders XX Series into a second year. The Leaders XX Series is a forum that gathers football and sports industry leaders grow women’s sport through innovation.
“In its inaugural year, the Leaders XX Series brought together over 40 brands and 40 clubs, leagues and federations from 25 countries including Facebook, Nissan, Manchester City, the Rugby Football Union, and YouTube” said James Worrall, CEO &
March 21 – European governments are lining up behind Britain in considering a diplomatic snub of the World Cup in protest at the poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter on British soil that is being widely blamed on Russia.
As the Russians continue to laugh off any suggestion that they were involved in the attempted murder by nerve agent of Sergei Skripal and his daughter,
March 21 – English Championship club Brentford are targeting a December 2019 move into their new West London stadium, according to club chairman Cliff Crown. Ground breaking has just begun on the site for the 17,250 capacity venue, with building work starting next month in what is expected to be an 18-month construction timeline.
The site, near Kew Bridge, will be part of one of London’s biggest mixed-use developments. The build, being carried out by Willmott Dixon,
March 21 – If Tottenham Hotspur were to sell Harry Kane they would see a return on investment of €198 million, making him the biggest and best potential piece of player business in the world. Lionel Messi, of Barcelona were to sell him, could net €197 million for the club.
The CIES Football Observatory has examined the 50 big-5 league players in Europe with the most positive gap between their current transfer value and the fee paid for them by their employer club.
March 21 – Italian Serie A giant Internazionale have launched another academy set up in another country. Following hard on the heels of new Inter Academy openings in Lebanon and Indonesia over the past four week, comes Inter’s foray into in Budapest, Hungary.
In Budapest Inter’s global coaching project is partnering with Szent Pál Hungary, a leading Hungarian educational institution, which has for more than 6000 students from primary school to post-graduate level and has its own football club.
March 20 – Final preparations for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 are under way with the AFC unveiling a brand-new trophy which will be lifted at the final in Amman on April 20.
The trophy was revealed at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by the Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Farah Al-Badarneh, the Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee Jordan 2018.
March 20 – Liberian FA president Musa Bility may be standing down at the next elections scheduled this March, but the corruption plagued federation does not appear to be cleaning up its act with allegations of election rigging and candidates standing who shared in the misappropriation of $50,000 of FIFA funds – aid that was sent to fight the Ebola epidemic but never made its way past the LFA executive committee.
March 20 – A British football agent who claims he missed out on a lucrative World Cup sponsorship deal because of FIFA’s behaviour has finally won the right to take the organisation to court in the UK.
Tony McGill claims he brokered a deal to secure top Chinese sponsor Vivo for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups but was cut out from receiving commission in return.
March 20 – Officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada have played down the possibility of anti-American sentiment among fellow FIFA members as they step on the gas in their bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
The triple-headed bid has long been viewed as the favourite to stage the tournament though untimely comments from US President Donald Trump have been met with irritation in several African and Middle Eastern countries.