Three Goalkeepers, Why?

May 31, 2010

Why on earth are you required to take three Goalkeepers to the World Cup?

I know it’s a FIFA reg, but it seems a strange one to me. Indeed Article 26.3 of Fifa’s World Cup Regulations state that :

“Each association will be required to provide Fifa with a final [squad] list of no more than 23 players (three of whom shall be goalkeepers).”

FIFA need to change the rule here, in all the years the World Cup has been played, only four teams have ever needed to use all three of their goalkeepers (France in 1978, Belgium and the Czechs in 1982 and the Greeks in 1994), and this is out of the 350+ teams that have competed at the World Cup.

Now normally for England, this wouldn’t be so much of an issue, we’ve a history of producing decent goalkeepers, but just recently, things have changed. Apart from Joe Hart, our other two ‘keepers have endured poor seasons, Rob Green at West Ham and David “Calamity” James at Portsmouth. Paul Robinson remains in limbo and Chris Kirkland stays off Capello’s radar and as for Forest’s Lee Camp, forget that, no Premiership equals no international football, despite him being one of the best English ‘keepers in the country and having an excellent season in the East Midlands.

It looks like we’ll be taking Green, Hart and James to South Africa, but in reality, we don’t need to take three ‘keepers, one and a sub will do fine.

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3 Responses to “Three Goalkeepers, Why?”

  1. Mike McKenna Says:

    If England went to the World Cup with two keepers, one would get injured early on, and the other would get sent off. Inevitable. I think the best option is to play it safe.

  2. Ross Mantle Says:

    If them’s the rules.

    I think in the last WC out of the 32 teams, 36 keepers were used in total.

  3. Mike McKenna Says:

    I see your point, man. But you know what would happen if only two keepers went…

    Like I say, for me the rule is probably worthwhile.


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