Protesters gathered outside the 2014 World Cup qualifying draw this weekend in Rio de Janeiro to demand that the soccer tournament stay free of corruption. They promised to keep up pressure as the event nears.
Brazil is well-known for containing the majority of the Amazon River Basin, which ranks as the world's largest tropical rainforest. Eco-tourists flock to the region for its incomparable biodiversity and exotic beauty. Pictured is an aerial view of the Mato Grosso/Para state border in Brazil's Amazon Basin.
Despite long stretches of domination by France, the US national team reached its third WWC final thanks to late goals by Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.
The sixth 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup runs from June 26 to July 17 in cities across Germany. Marta Vieira da Silva, a Brazilian forward nicknamed 'Pele with skirts,' is considered to be the best female soccer player in the world. Here she jumps over Trine Ronning of Norway during a match in Wolfsburg, Germany, on July 3.
The British Olympic Association plans to field soccer teams at the 2012 Olympic Games, but the national football associations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland don't want any part of it.
Organizers hope the Women's World Cup soccer tournament will increase interest in the sport, but more than half of Germans questioned in a recent poll could not name a single player on the national team.
The Swiss president of world soccer's governing body won the uncontested election after his only rival dropped out of the race. But FIFA, and its awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, remains under the shadow of allegations of corruption and bribery.
Lorena Ochoa teed off in her first PGA Tour event since retiring nearly a year ago, her star power lending a needed boost to sports events in violence-wracked Mexico.
Former President Clinton and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, now a Ghanaian diplomat, talk during a memorial service for Richard Holbrooke at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Jan. 14. Holbrooke, a veteran diplomat and President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in December.
A girl celebrates at Souk Waqif in Doha after the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Summer temperatures which can soar to above 50 degrees Celsius and a concern about lack of infrastructure did not deter FIFA on Thursday from awarding the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar.