Blatter Wants World Cup 'For Peace'

(ATR) Former FIFA president suggests boycotting the World Cup over the Russian spy poisoning would achieve nothing.

2018 FIFA World Cup Tickets: Huge Demand Upon Conclusion of Sales Phase 1

WBSC Congress Opens in Botswana -- Federations Focus

Also: First round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket period ends Oct. 12; World Archery Championships begin Oct. 15.

Russian Company Lands Contract for FIFA World Cup

(ATR) Megalicense Entertainment wins bid for retail and licensing that begins with next month's Confederations Cup.

FIFA Lands Hisense for Russia World Cup -- Sponsor Spotlight

(ATR) Also: USOC and KT Tape continue partnership through Tokyo; Adidas to debut new USA Rugby kits.

Cricket Ready to Rejoin the Olympic Ranks -- Federations Focus

(ATR) ICC wants back into Olympics; AIBA announces qualifying tournaments; Brazil joins Russia at World Cup 

IOC Vice President Cautions on Awarding Two Olympics

(ATR) John Coates tells Around the Rings he doesn’t think the IOC can award both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics this year.

Golden 25 - #1 - World Leaders Shape Olympic Future

(ATR) The heads of state of the Olympics "Big Three" -- US, Russia and China --will make a distinctive impact in 2017.

Golden 25 - #18 - FIFA President Juggles Reforms

(ATR) After winning election in 2016, Gianni Infantino looks to make a splash as FIFA President.

Changing of the Marketing Guard at FIFA

(ATR) FIFA's longtime marketing director leaves amidst restructuring plan.

Infantino in Qatar After Meeting Putin in Russia

(ATR) FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s tour of the host countries for the next two World Cups has moved on to Qatar.

Swiss Investigation Reveals Possible Money Laundering Around World Cups

(ATR) Also: Ex-CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb possibly extradited to the United States by week's end.

Russia Offers Free Travel During 2018 World Cup

(ATR) Russia is offering every ticketholder free transportation between host cities during the 2018 World Cup.

Russia 2018 Learns Lessons in Sochi

(ATR) The team behind the 2018 FIFA World Cup is thankful for the knowledge it gained during the Winter Olympics.

FIFA Report -- Reaction to Corruption Reforms; World Cup TV Rights

(ATR) Anti-corruption organization Transparency International welcomes road map to reforms but insists FIFA still has "a lot of work to do” ... Fox outbids ESPN, NBC for U.S. broadcast rights to 2018, 2022 World Cups.

World Cup Bid Power Index: Russia Close on England; USA Top Qatar

(WFI) Russia narrows the gap on England in the third edition of World Football INSIDER's World Cup Bid Power Index ...

Advantage England as FIFA Hails "Perfect" Inspection

(ATR) FIFA inspection chief Harold Mayne-Nicholls gives a glowing assessment of the England 2018 World Cup bid at the end of a four-day visit ...

ATR Photodesk -- World Cup Bids Present Files to FIFA

ATR The nine bids vying to stage the 2018 or 2022 World Cup present their bid dossiers to FIFA president Sepp Blatter  at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on May 14. The Around the Rings/World Football Insider Photodesk is now online.

FIFA Report -- Bidding Process for 2018, 2022 World Cups Announced

(ATR) FIFA kicked off the simultaneous bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in a letter sent to its 200-plus national associations.

London Update -- Gordon Brown Wants Alex Ferguson as Football Manager

(ATR) U.K. prime minster has approached Manchester United manager to lead potential British Olympic football team.

FIFA Report -- Team GB Considered; World Cup Bidding Process Finalized

(ATR) FIFA will address the Team GB proposal and 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding at its executive committee meeting in Tokyo.