LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Gibraltar will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in May to fight to join FIFA and enter 2018 World Cup qualifying.
CAS says Gibraltar's appeal will be heard May 21-22 to challenge FIFA's refusal to grant membership. The hearing is scheduled one week before the FIFA Congress, which must approve new members.
Gibraltar could be accepted on May 29 as FIFA's 210th member, then enter the World Cup qualifying draw on July 25 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
FIFA rejected Gibraltar's application last September because the British territory is not an independent country as required by the governing body's current statutes.
Those rules were updated in 2013, two months before Gibraltar joined UEFA despite longstanding opposition from Spain.