Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2013, ending Lionel Messi’s four-year run as the world’s best player.
FIFA will give the 2014 World Cup winner $35 million in prize money, and all 32 competing nations will get at least $8 million.
The United States has broken into the top 20 of the FIFA rankings for the first time in more than two years after winning last month’s Gold Cup.
FIFA has upheld the United States’ 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a snowy World Cup qualifier last week, saying the protest by the visitors was not filed correctly.
FIFA committed Tuesday to using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and could have four systems competing for selection.
The United States dropped four spots to No. 32 in the latest FIFA rankings after losing a World Cup qualifier to 51st-ranked Honduras.
Brazil says the estimated cost of public spending on stadiums, airports and other infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup has been revised upward by more than $1.7 billion.
The U.S. soccer team will face rival Mexico on Aug. 15 in Mexico City, the first exhibition between the two on Mexican soil in nearly 18 years.