fifa worldcup statistics
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Asked by: amiteast1-ga
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01 Jul 2006 04:52 PDT
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exactly how many (different) soccer players ever played in the Fifa worldcup games (1930-2006).
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Re: fifa worldcup statistics
From: badger75-ga on 03 Jul 2006 10:06 PDT
"exactly how many (different) soccer players ever played in the Fifa worldcup games (1930-2006)." Only an educated guess can be made. The FIFA World Cup has been held 18 times beginning in 1930 in Uruguay. Of about 32 teams invited, most from Europe refused to attend due to difficulty and cost of travel. Thirteen countries, mostly from Central and South America participated. The average roster size was between 14 and 16 players. Countries tended to hide reserve players should they be needed. This practice continued into the 1934 and 1938 World Cups. FIFA has continued to tighten rules for qualification and roster size throughout the history of the tournament. By 1934, some countries from Latin America feeling snubbed in 1930 refused to travel to Europe. Sixteen countries participated with an average roster size of 20-23. Again reserve players were standing by if needed. The mostly European tournament had fewer rounds than the modern version. Through the 1938 World Cup countries occassionally dropped out at the last minute to be replaced by invitation. Disagreements between FIFA and the international Olympic movement also caused confusion and squabbling between countries and continents. Occasional politics interfered with the WC's of the 1930's as various dictators tried to alter outcomes. The 1934 and 1938 WC's had 16 countries and rosters of 20-23 players. In the modern era, the World Cup has been held every four years since 1950 with standardized qualification and tournament rules. From 1950 to 1978, 16 countries qualified and brought rosters of 23 players. In 1982 FIFA expanded the tournament to 24 countries with rosters of 23 players. In 1998 the current format of 32 teams with 23 players per roster has been used. Several teams have dominated the WC and have brought back the same players from one tournament to another.
Re: fifa worldcup statistics
From: amiteast1-ga on 03 Jul 2006 23:51 PDT
Hi badger75: thanks for your knowledgable comments on my question - I definitely learned a lot from it. I hope there would be a way to come up with the exact number. some must have collected the teams rosters (by which we can count correctly and prevent double counting players who participated in more than one game). I'm curious - what's your estimation of that number? I ended up with ~5600 different player.
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