FIFA High Performance Specialist, Faisal Chibsah is expecting several low-scoring games at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He attributes this expectation to the short preparatory time for teams competing in this year’s competition after the World Cup’s original June-July dates got moved to the cooler months of November-December in Qatar.
“I’m going to go for low-scoring games because the coaches had one week tops to prepare their players. With that period the easiest thing to train is the out-of-possession phase of the game. The attacking side of it really takes some time. If you have a team that has been together consistently for a long time, I think it’s easier to teach that but if you are just putting a squad together without a lot of consistency, the easiest thing to teach will be the out-of-possession phase of the game.
So I expect teams to be compact when defending without giving away too much space behind or in between lines…so I don’t see high scoring games to be fair” he said in an exclusive chat with Citi Sports.
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Prior to joining FIFA, Chibsah served as Charlotte FC’s Head of Academy Recruitment.