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Israeli, Palestinian officials score a goal on FIFA agreement

While Israel has been allowing increased movement of Palestinian soccer players and teams and their opponents, Palestinian officials say more improvements need to be made.

The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) and Israel Football Association (IFA) have agreed to create a new mechanism to facilitate Palestinian soccer teams' movement, although a long road remains ahead.

Without a peace process, Israeli and Palestinian officials seldom meet. However, the PFA and IFA met for the third time in five months on Dec. 16, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Jericho. FIFA, the global soccer powerhouse, convened the meeting to address Palestinian soccer concerns.

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