FIFA approves World Cup expansion to 48 teams from 2026

The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 onwards, adding 16 extra nations.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino's revamp plan received unanimous backing at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

Delegates were asked to vote on four proposals to change the existing format or stick with the current format of 32 teams.

T&T lose to Nicaragua

Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s team went down 2-1 to Nicaragua in the first of their two friendly matches in Managua.

T&T conceded goals in either half before Cornell Glen pulled a consolation goal back. Luis Peralta opened the scoring for the hosts after just three minutes.

Nicaragua also scored early in the second half to double their lead when Daniel Cadena struck a volley from roughly 35 yards out.

Warner grieves Joao Havelange's death

Former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner says football has lost a great friend in the passing of former FIFA president Joao Havelange.

Havelange passed today at the age of 100.

Jack Warner issued the following statement today:

"Today world football has lost a friend. I dreaded this day. 

The man who changed the face of football forever, saved it from ignominy and transformed it into the beautiful game is no more. 

T&T moves up in FIFA football rankings

Trinidad and Tobago men's football team has gained six points and moved up in the latest FIFA football ranking.

This country is now ranked 58th out of 205 countries.

Jamaica is the only other Caribbean country ahead of T&T, with a ranking of 55.

The latest ranking has seen some major shuffle in the table, as Wales gained 15 points to climb into the 11th spot, ahead of England at 13th.

France rose to 7th on the table, while Euro champs Portugal climbed to 6th.

Both Brazil and Spain dropped two points to finish 8th and 9th respectively.

Former CONCACAF President Jeffery Webb pleads guilty to FIFA corruption charges; sentencing in June

Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, Argentinian-Italian marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco and Brazilian intermediary Jose Margulies pleaded guilty last year to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

A US judge released transcripts on Monday of guilty pleas from three prominent defendants in sweeping FIFA corruption investigation in which they expressed regret and suggested that bribery in the organization was widespread. 

US judge pushes FIFA corruption trial date back

The US federal judge overseeing football’s sweeping corruption scandal has conceded that February next year will be too early to start proceedings.

Former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner is among several former FIFA executives indicted by the United States' Justice Department in this matter.

Prosecutors had proposed what they described as an “aggressive but achievable” schedule to begin the process of sentencing a raft of disgraced powerbrokers snared by the massive corruption investigation.

Warner: FIFA owes me money

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner scoffed on Friday at reports that the new leaders of the global football governing body are seeking to sue him, insisting Fifa owes him money.

"I don't owe Fifa one nickel and I know that Fifa owes me, but we will deal with that in the fullness of time," Warner said, addressing reporters on the steps of the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain.

Warner said that since his resignation in 2011, he has not been paid a pension of US $100 000 a year.

More hot water for Warner as FIFA seeks to recover tens of millions from indicted officials

World football’s governing body FIFA has submitted documents to US authorities in an effort to reclaim tens of millions of dollars pocketed illegally by corrupt FIFA members and other football officials.

Among those named are former FIFA vice-president and president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and his successor Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands.

FIFA cuts funding to all countries in the Western Hemisphere

World football governing body, FIFA has announced that it is cutting off its funding to the Americas, which includes the confederations of CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, both at the heart of the global football corruption scandal.

This means there will be no more big pay-outs from the world football HQ for the T&T Football Association or any other national football bodies in the region.

Most of the 41 people and entities who have been charged in the United States are associated with one of the two regional confederations.

TTFA backs Gianni Infantino for FIFA president

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced it will back Gianni Infantino for FIFA's presidential election on February 26th. Infantino was in Trinidad on Wednesday to meet with TTFA president, David John-Williams.

The TTFA head said Infantino's presentation suited the interests of local and Caribbean football best. John-Williams said the three aspects of Infantino's presentation which influenced the TTFA were:

1) Their commitment to developing facilities in countries that need it