Wednesday 31 May 2023, 23:30

FIFA TSG review FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023™ group stage

With the group stage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina™ completed, and the knock-out phase already underway, the members of the Technical Study Group on site have drawn a number of conclusions.

Jermaine Jones, Julio González, Pape Thiaw, Shaun Goater and Pascal Zuberbühler, FIFA Senior Football Expert, observed all 36 matches of the group stage and identified the technical, tactical, and physical trends that have emerged so far.

Centre-forwards linking attacks

An aspect of centre-forward play noted by the TSG during the group stage.

Centre-forwards and headed goals

Of the 102 (excluding own goals) goals so far, 11 have been scored using this technique.

Goalkeeper Sebastiano Desplanches of Italy reacts with Cesare Casadei of Italy

Goalkeeping defending the zone

Pascal Zuberbühler has been exploring the performances of the ‘keepers .

Centre-backs defending on front foot

Find out more about the trends exhibited by the central defenders both in possession, and in relation to making early defensive interventions.

For more insights, visit the FIFA Training Centre.