Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Days after China abruptly began scrutinizing the recruitment of foreign players into the country’s dominant Super League, one of the most influential men in Chinese soccer cautioned the industry not to overreact to the rules by turning their backs on overseas athletes altogether.
- After soccer’s international governing body moved to expand the World Cup, regional officials are considering creating a new tournament pitting the best national teams in the Americas against each other, according to several people with knowledge of the discussions.
- Manchester United believe they are the first sports club in the country to have a full-time counter-terrorism manager.
- Michail Antonio is set to sign a five-and-a-half year contract at West Ham worth £70,000 a week as a reward for the impressive performances that have earned a call-up to the England squad.
- The number of clubs affected by British football’s historical child sexual abuse scandal has grown to 248, according to figures released on Wednesday by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
- Marco van Basten has said FIFA is considering using shootouts in group-stage games at the 2026 World Cup and may revive the old NASL-style penalties for the tournament.
- Heather O’Reilly, an Olympic and World Cup champion and one of the most capped players in the history of American soccer, has signed with Arsenal Ladies FC.
- Major League Soccer’s primary transfer window, one of two periods on the calendar in which teams can register new players via international transfers or intra-league trades, is fast approaching.
- Everton have rejected a bid from Italian side AC Milan to take winger Gerard Deulofeu on loan for the remainder of the season.