Bring on champs: Tiny Balmain steal FFA Cup show

Sebastian Hassett 7:22 PM   Western Sydney's FFA Cup campaign will kick off exactly how their A-League season will - at home to Brisbane Roar - while Sydney FC must trek to the other side of the country to face minnows Sorrento, but the smallest club in the draw landed the biggest fish.

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Satnavs at the ready for City, Victory

Leigh Broxham celebrates scoring Melbourne Victory's final goal in their 3:0 grand final defeat of Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch 10:26 PM   A-League champions Melbourne Victory and fellow Victorian club Melbourne City will need to consult their satnavs to find the location of their FFA Cup round of 32 opponents.

Wanderers sign Messi's former teammate

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after after the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Saturday, June 6, 2015. Barcelona won the match 3-1. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Sebastian Hassett 2:50 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers have moved quickly to replace Iacopo La Rocca by signing Spanish midfielder Andreu – who spent years alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

Rayo Vallecano unveil rainbow jersey

Wear it with pride: Rayo Vallecano's new away jersey.

Matt Bungard 11:06 PM   Spanish team Rayo Vallecano have introduced their jerseys for the coming season, with their away shirt sporting a rainbow stripe representing seven different social causes.

Argentina crush Paraguay to move into final

Poetry in motion: Lionel Messi.

Tariq Panja 1:01 PM   Favourites Argentina brushed aside Paraguay 6-1 to set up a Copa America final showdown with host Chile and give Lionel Messi a chance for a first title with his national team.

US beat Germany to reach World Cup final

The US celebrate

By David Ljunggren 12:04 PM   The US reached the final of the women's soccer World Cup for the second time in a row, taking advantage of a penalty to beat top-ranked Germany 2-0.

Matildas part ways after six-month campaign

"I haven't made a decision about my playing future for the next six months to a year": Elise Kellond-Knight.

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas part ways with mixed emotions after an evening of celebrations masked an otherwise disappointing finale to their inspiring World Cup perforamnce. 

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Players union and FFA in war of words over soccer pay deal

Marshalled by PFA: Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak.

Michael Lynch 9:22 PM   The soccer players' union has upped the ante in the war of words following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

The most dangerous game in the world

Unforgiving: Calcio storico is not for the faint-hearted.

Sam Borden 10:39 AM   Last Tuesday, about 24 hours before he jammed his fingers into another man's nose, dropped his elbow across another man's neck and put another man's feet where one's ears are supposed to be, Rodrigue Nana considered, just for a moment, the basic notion of fear.

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Vargas double as Chile sink Peru

Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates his long-range goal.

Eduardo Vargas scored twice as Chile downed fierce rivals Peru 2-1 on Monday to reach the Copa America final for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Germany, US upset at sharing hotel

German coach Silvia Neid is unimpressed with the hotel arrangements at the women's World Cup.

Germany coach Silvia Neid has slammed FIFA's decision to make rival teams share the same hotel on the eve of a match as her side prepare for Tuesday's semi-final against the US at the Women's World Cup.

Cech cops vile online abuse after joining Arsenal

Targeted: Petr Cech.

Danielle Rendina   Czech international Petr Cech has signed a four-year-deal with English Premier League Club Arsenal worth about £10m ($20 million), drawing a line under an impressive 11-year career with cross-town rivals Chelsea.

A-League fixture 2015/16

2014/15 champions: The Victory celebrate their grand final win.

A round-by-round look at the 2015/16 A-League season. All times AEST.

Victory to start title defence in Adelaide

FFA chief David Gallop.

Melbourne Victory will kick off their A-League championship defence against Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval.

Langerak on the cusp of Stuttgart deal

Bound for Stuttgart? Mitch Langerak.

Sebastian Hassett   Mitchell Langerak appears set to leave Borussia Dortmund, with a deal to join fellow Bundesliga club VFB Stuttgart reportedly on the brink of being completed.

Spanish league appeals 2022 World Cup dates

World Cup trophy.

The Spanish soccer league is challenging FIFA's decision to switch the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November-December.

Where to now for the Matildas?

Dominic Bossi dinkus Dinkus

Dominic Bossi   Australia's World Cup campaign showed how far they have come, but also how far they still need to go to become a major player in world football.

A-League 2015-16 fixtures go back-to-basics

One more to go: Graham Arnold and Alex Brosque front the media on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett   Experimental matches at ANZ Stadium and Geelong, a Thursday night start, football on Christmas Eve and Asian Champions League-friendly fixturing are some of the talking points of next season's A-League draw, due to be released on Monday morning.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic admits Australia were outclassed by Japan

Australian coach Alen Stajcic speaks during the team's press conference  in Edmonton, Canada on June 26, 2015. Australia is set to take on Japan in their quarter final match Saturday.  AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINS

Dominic Bossi   Matildas coach Alen Stajcic says his players were heartbroken after losing in the quarter-final to Japan but admits his side was outplayed by the world champions.

Paraguay down Brazil after penalty shootout

Paraguay celebrates

Derlis Gonzalez slotted two penalties, one in regular time and again in the shootout, to help Paraguay beat Brazil 4-3 after a 1-1 draw on Saturday that advanced them to a Copa America semi-final against Argentina.

Socceroos goalkeeper Ryan's hunger runs deep

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan,who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League and the Australia national team as a goalkeeper.
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Daniel Lane   Ryan says his strict views on how he treated his body – and mind – as an investment in his future were galvanized by the time he spent in the Socceroos camp with Mark Schwarzer.

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