[골닷컴] Reporter Dong-Hoon Kang = It has been confirmed that the number of entries will increase to 26 with five months left to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. With the addition of three more people from the existing 23, it is expected that it can act as an important variable that will have a huge impact.
FIFA announced on its official website on the 24th (Korean time) that “the Secretariat of the Council has revised the Qatar World Cup regulations while discussing several major topics at the general meeting.” did.
He continued, “The preliminary roster may contain up to 55 players instead of 35. The last match on the team of the players included in the final roster will be on November 13th.” Coaching staff *1 medical staff required) can sit on the bench,” he added.
The plan to expand the 26-person entry was first discussed during the draw ceremony held in Doha, Qatar in April. This is because there were concerns that if any vacancies occur during the World Cup due to infection with the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), there may be a setback in training as well as in the composition of the match entries.
At that time, FIFA invited major officials, including coaches of national teams, to hold a meeting regarding the expansion of entries. The atmosphere was positive. As a result, the entry expansion was promoted immediately, and the final decision was made when Gianni Infantino (52, Switzerland), chairman of the Council Secretariat, together with the six federation presidents made the final decision.
As the number of entries has been expanded to 26, it is expected that national teams will be able to utilize a wide range of tactics. In particular, it is observed that the application of customized tactics by the opposing team will become easier. In addition, it is possible to induce internal competition by selecting more players in a specific position. However, some expressed regret, saying that it is good news only for countries with a thick player base.