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Europa League round of 16 draw: when is it and at what time?

The draw is due to take place from around 12.00 GMT, 7 a.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 24.

The first legs will take place on March 9, with the return ties seven days later.

The draw for the quarterfinals will take place on Friday, March 17.

There is no longer any country protection, teams from the same league can now be drawn against each other.

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New Zealand captain Abby Erceg hits out at NZF in shock retirement

Abby Erceg
Abby Erceg won 129 caps for New Zealand and competed at three World Cups.

New Zealand women's captain Abby Erceg has launched a broadside at New Zealand Football while announcing her retirement from the international game.

Central defender Erceg says the Football Ferns aren't valued, nor adequately supported by the national body, prompting her retirement at the age of 27 as an act of protest.

United States-based Erceg made her New Zealand debut in 2006 and was named skipper in 2014. She has played 129 internationals and competed at three World Cups.

The side's annual...

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Tampines Rovers hope double sessions pay off in AFC Cup opener vs. Felda

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Tampines Rovers' new manager Jurgen Raab, and how he can bring glory to the club.
ESPN FC's John Wilkinson says JDT will lament their missed opportunity in the AFC Champions league.

Tampines Rovers' head coach Jurgen Raab hopes that double sessions will pay off when the Singapore giants host Malaysia's Felda United in their AFC Cup Group G opener on Tuesday night.

The German, who took over from Akbar Nawas at the end of January, has been putting his players through gruelling morning and evening trainings.

After Tuesday night's game at Jalan Besar Stadium, the Stags will face S.League champions Albirex Niigata (S) in Sunday night's Charity Shield at the National Stadium.


Wanderers fan group Red and Black Bloc slams FFA over crude tifo furore

A first-half goal to Brendon Santalab proved to be enough for the Western Sydney Wanderers to finally crack Sydney FC.
Brendon Santalab makes it clear that he wants to be in the starting XI for WSW's derby clash with Sydney.

Western Sydney's supporters group the Red and Black Bloc has slammed Football Federation Australia as being "dictatorial" for condemning a crude banner unfurled during Saturday's A-League derby.

RBB is standing by the banner which depicts a blue-faced man -- resembling Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold -- performing a sex act, before a crowd of nearly 45,000 at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

The Wanderers, who have already been in strife over fan behaviour, are sweating on a suspended points deduction over...

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San Diego investors group unveils complete plan for new stadium site

Shaka Hislop delves into Don Garber's MLS expansion plans and his thoughts on the correct number of teams for the league.
An artist's rendering of the proposed stadium in San Diego.

The group heading up San Diego's bid for an MLS expansion franchise released a full plan for its stadium site on Monday.

La Jolla, California-based FS Investors have proposed to destroy the former home of the NFL's San Diego Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium, and convert the site into "SoccerCity" -- a 166-acre space consisting a 30,000-seat stadium, residential, office and retail space, 55 acres of parks, and a trolley line among other features.

The entirety of the project is to be completed over a 15-20...

PFA launch long-term vision to give stability to W-League players

Stephanie Catley & Jessica Fishlock
Melbourne City won the 2017 W-League title earlier this month.

A longer season, clear career paths and improved wages all feature in a new plan by Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) to bolster the W-League.

Frustrated with a slow going from Football Federation Australia to grow the league, the PFA unveiled its "60 at 60" initiative on Tuesday.

It aims to have 60 Australian players earning at least $60,000 annually from the sport.

Entitled "grassroots to greatness," the ambition is to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 or the World Cup in 2023.