2012 in association football
The following are the association football events of the year 2012 throughout the world.
- Men's Football Tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
- January 21 – February 12: 2012 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
- March 8 – March 19: 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal
- June 1 – June 3: 2012 Baltic Cup in Estonia
- June 3 – June 11: 2012 OFC Nations Cup in Fiji
- June 8 – July 1: Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine
- 22 June – 6 July 2012: 2012 Arab Nations Cup in Saudi Arabia
- September 25 – September 29: 2012 Philippine Peace Cup in the Philippines
- September 22 – October 2: 2012 Nehru Cup in India
- November 24 – December 8: 2012 CECAFA Cup in Uganda
- November 24 – December 22: 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup in Malaysia and Thailand
- December 7 – December 16: 2012 Caribbean Cup in Antigua and Barbuda
- December 8 – December 20: 2012 West Asian Football Federation Championship in Kuwait
- 3 July – 15 July: 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in Estonia
- 22 September – 6 October: 2012 AFC U-16 Championship in Iran
- 3 November – 17 November: 2012 AFC U-19 Championship in United Arab Emirates
- Women's Tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
- 20 January – 5 February: 2012 South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship in Brazil
- 29 February – 7 March: 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal
- August 18 – September 9 — 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan
- September 22 – October 13 — 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan
- In 2012, Major League Soccer in the United States and Canada added its 19th team, confirmed in 2010 as the Montreal Impact.
- CONCACAF changes the format of its club continental cup in the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League, taking out the preliminary round and putting the 24 teams in 8 groups of 3 teams each.
- January 30 – Women's Professional Soccer in the U.S. announced that it would cancel its 2012 season, with hopes of returning in 2013. The cancellation was the latest fallout from conflict with team owner Dan Borislow that consumed much of the 2011 season and extended into the offseason.
- May 18 – Women's Professional Soccer folded.
- November 21 – The United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) announced that it would launch a new women's professional league in 2013. The league, as yet unnamed, will have eight teams at launch, four of which have ties to former WPS teams. U.S. Soccer, the Canadian Soccer Association, and the Mexican Football Federation will pay the league salaries for many of their respective national team players, and U.S. Soccer will also house the league offices.
- December 9 – After scoring twice in a La Liga match against Real Betis, Lionel Messi establishes the new world record for most goals scored in a single calendar year, with 91 – surpassing Gerd Müller's 85 in 1972.
- December 15 – U.S. Soccer officially announces that its top-level women's league to be launched in 2013 will be known as the National Women's Soccer League.
2011–12 Egyptian Premier League
The 2011–2012 season, the league increased from 16 to 19 teams due to no relegation in the 2010–11 season as a result of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Three teams were promoted from the second division.
Following the Port Said Stadium disaster on 1 February 2012, the season was suspended. At that time, teams had played between 14 and 17 games out of 30. Haras El-Hodood was in first place with a 12–1–1 record. This result was considered a significant surprise by Al Ahram. On 10 March 2012, a decision was reached to cancel the remainder of the season.
Fixed dates for national team matches
- 29 February
- 22 August
- 8-12 September
- 13-17 October
- 14 November
|CONMEBOL (South America)||2012 Copa Libertadores Femenina||Colo-Colo (women)||ist|
|UEFA (Europe)||2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League||Olympique Lyonnais||2nd||2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League|
|Worldwide||2012 International Women's Club Championship||Olympique Lyonnais||1st|
|Costa Rica||2012 Primera División Verano||Herediano||22nd||1992–93|
|Costa Rica||2012 Primera División Invierno||Alajuelense||28th||2011 Invierno|
|El Salvador||2012 Primera División Clausura||Águila||i5th||2006 Clausura|
|El Salvador||2012 Primera División Apertura||Isidro Metapán||7th||2011 Apertura|
|Honduras||2012 Liga Nacional Clausura||Olimpia||25th||2011 Apertura|
|Honduras||2012 Liga Nacional Apertura||Olimpia||26th||2012 Clausura|
|Mexico||2012 Primera División Clausura||Santos Laguna||4th||2008 Clausura|
|Mexico||2012 Liga MX Apertura||Tijuana||1st||n/a|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2011–12 TT Pro League||W Connection||4th||2005|
|United States/ Canada||2012 Major League Soccer||Los Angeles Galaxy||4th||2011|
|Argentina||2012 Primera División Clausura||Arsenal||1st|
|Argentina||2012 Primera División Inicial||Vélez Sársfield||10th||2012 Clausura|
|Bolivia||2012 Liga Profesional Clausura||The Strongest||9th||2011 Apertura|
|Bolivia||2012 Liga Profesional Apertura||The Strongest||10th||2012 Clausura|
|Brazil||2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A||Fluminense||4th||2010|
|Chile||2012 Primera División Apertura||Universidad de Chile||16th||2011 Clausura|
|Chile||2012 Primera División Clausura||Huachipato||2nd||1974|
|Colombia||2012 Primera A Apertura||Santa Fe||7th||1975|
|Colombia||2012 Primera A Finalización||Millonarios||14th||1998|
|Ecuador||2012 Campeonato Ecuatoriano Serie A||Barcelona||14th||1997|
|Paraguay||2012 Primera División Apertura||Cerro Porteño||29th||2009 Apertura|
|Paraguay||2012 Primera División Clausura||Libertad||16th||2010 Clausura|
|Peru||2012 Torneo Descentralizado||Sporting Cristal||16th||2005|
|Uruguay||2011–12 Primera División||Nacional||44th||2011|
|Venezuela||2011–12 Primera División||Deportivo Lara||1st|
|Cook Islands||2012 Round Cup|
|Fiji||2012 Fiji National Football League|
|New Caledonia||2012 New Caledonia Division Honneur|
|New Zealand||2011–12 ASB Premiership||Waitakere United||4th||2010–11|
|Papua New Guinea||2012 National Soccer League||Hekari United||6th||2010-11|
|Solomon Islands||2012 S-League||Solomon Warriors FC|
|Tahiti||2011–12 Tahiti First Division||Dragon||1st|
|Tonga||2012 Tonga Major League||Lotoha'apai United||13th||2010–11|
|Vanuatu||2012 National Soccer League||Amicale FC||4th||—|
- January 10 – Alfred Pyka, German international footballer (born 1934)
- February 1 – Ladislav Kuna, Slovak football player and manager (born 1947).
- April 1 – Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian football player and manager (born 1947).
- April 14 – Piermario Morosini, Italian football player (born 1986).
- July 19 – Hans Nowak, German footballer (born 1937).
- July 31 – Alfredo Ramos, Brazilian defender, squad member of Brazil at the 1954 FIFA World Cup. (87)
- October 11 – Helmut Haller, German international footballer (born 1939).
- November 20 – Mike Ryan, Irish-born American coach, first head coach of the United States women's national team. (77)
- November 28 – José Maria Fidélis dos Santos, Brazilian defender, squad member of Brazil at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. (68)
- December 3: Tommy Berggren, Swedish footballer (born 1950).
- December 4: Miguel Calero, Colombian goalkeeper (born 1971).
- December 29: Salvador Reyes, Mexican forward (born 1936).
- "WPS suspends 2012 season". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 30, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
- Dure, Beau (May 18, 2012). "Women's Professional Soccer folds". espnW.com. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
- "U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati Announces New Women's League to Begin Play in Spring of 2013" (Press release). United States Soccer Federation. November 21, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- Carlisle, Jeff (November 21, 2012). "Hopes high for new women's soccer league". ESPN FC. Soccer USA blog. Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- Harris, Daniel (December 9, 2012). "Real Betis v Barcelona – as it happened". theguardian.co.uk. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "U.S. Soccer Unveils Name of New Women's Soccer League" (Press release). United States Soccer Federation. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Abdel-Rahman Hussein (2 February 2012). "Egypt football match violence: dozens dead and hundreds injured,". The Guardian. UK.
- Mahmoud Elassal (11 March 2012). "Harras El-Hodoud want Champions League clarification". Ahram Online. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "Former Czechoslovakia midfielder Kuna dies". FIFA.com. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Soccer legend Giorgio Chinaglia dies". USA Today. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Скончался выдающийся грузинский футболист Рамаз Шенгелия (in Russian). ITAR TASS. 21 June 2012.