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1. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has put plans for two global competitions on the agenda for this week's FIFA Council meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, reported the New York Times. Infantino was approached by Japan's SoftBank, which has been interested in investing $25 billion over 12 years in an expanded Club World Cup and a FIFA-organized Nations League. Those plans have been fiercely opposed by UEFA. (The Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign fund, has a 45 percent stake in SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund.)

2. The Chicago Fire's U-15 academy team won the 2018 BellSport Tournament in Poland, finishing with a 7-0-3 record without allowing a goal in the 28-minute matches. Justin Reynolds was the tournament's MVP for the Fire, which is 5-0-1 in its USSDA U-15 age group. In Croatia, the LA Galaxy's U-16s finished fourth at the Istria Youth Cup. Their lone victory came over eventual champion Barcelona.

3. NISA announced Charlotte as its third market for its planned 2019 fall launch. Like with Connecticut and Philadelphia, no information on the Charlotte team's ownership group or stadium plan was made by NISA, which is seeking sanctioning from U.S. Soccer as a Division 3 league.
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