The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar.©UKTN
FIFA will allow countries to select up to 26 players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, increasing the maximum squad size by three for the tournament from November 21 to December 18. “The number of players to be included in the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26,” FIFA said in a statement. World football’s governing body says the decision to expand squads was taken ‘in view of the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique calendar’ of this year’s competition, which will interrupt the club season Europeans.
FIFA also took into account the “wider context of the disruptive effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on the workforce before and during tournaments”.
UEFA adopted similar changes for Euro 2020 last year, responding to a request from managers who feared losing players to coronavirus.
National teams had named 23-man squads to the World Cup and European Championship since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Prior to this, only 22 players were allowed on each team in international tournaments.
Football regulator IFAB last week approved the permanent use of five substitutes for all top-flight matches and said teams can now name 15 substitutes on a team roster at the instead of 12.
“No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the team bench” during the World Cup matches, FIFA said on Thursday.
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