Sweden

The U.S. women's World Cup winning soccer team will boycott the Australia Cup next month because of unresolved contract negotiations. Instead, The U.S. Soccer Federation will send young players to the four-nation tournament.

Canal Plus Scandinavia could go to the European Union to settle a dispute with the Swedish FA.

A three-year agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL over compensation payments for players leaving IIHF-federations to find their fortune in the big money US league, is on the verge of being ratified.

There is still no date for a European summit involving the European Commission and the presidents of FIFA and UEFA aimed at helping break the deadlock over the player transfer system.

National football association official?s from the countries at the heart of the proposed ?Atlantic League? have met today for further discussions with club representatives.

UEFA has ordered the Moldova soccer federation (MSF) to close down the main stadium in the capital of the tiny, impoverished ex-Soviet republic for safety reasons.

FIFA has given Azerbaijan a deadline of next Monday to settle its internal disputes or be banned from all international competition, a spokesman for the Azeri Soccer Federation (ASF) has said.

The 11th European Sponsorship Consultants Association (ESCA) Congress will be held this year in Stockholm on November 15-16.

US sports marketing firm, Envision Sports and Entertainment, is expanding into Europe, appointing former ISL chiefs Chris Renner and Mark Devenport in the process.

Denis O’Brien, the millionaire Irish businessman, has raised his offer to buy PGA European Tour Courses PLC, a golf course operator, by three million pounds to £35m ($51m/B

Following the recent opening of their German office in Munich, SportBusiness Group has appointed Sponsorworld to be their official sales agent for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Sportsetail, the merchandising business owned as a joint venture by the UK’s Hay & Robertson and BSkyB, has reached a European product and distribution agreement with FIFA for the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.

Lennart Johansson, president of European soccer’s ruling body UEFA said today he has “reason to believe that we will be satisfied” by an audit into the finances of world body FIFA, following the collapse of its marketing partner ISL/ISMM.

UEFA president Lennart Johansson is to stand for a fourth term as president of European soccer’s governing body, as the war of words between UEFA and FIFA seems to have reached a cease fire.

Anshutz Sports & Entertainment Group (AEG), the owners of the National Hockey League team the Los Angeles Kings and Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy, will invest in two Swedish clubs to expand its sporting assets outside the US.

A three-year agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL over compensation payments for players leaving IIHF-federations to find their fortune in the big money US league, is on the verge of being ratified.