FIFA Increases Squads To 26 Players For 2022 World Cup

FIFA Increases Squads To 26 Players For 2022 World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar.© AFP

FIFA will allow countries to select 26 players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which will increase the maximum squad size for the tournament from November 21 to December 18 by three. “The minimum number of players to be included in the final list has been raised to 23 and the maximum to 26,” FIFA said in a statement. The governing body of world football said the decision to increase the squads was made in view of the “need to maintain extra flexibility due to the unique timing of this year’s competition”, which would disrupt the European club season.

FIFA also took into account the “broader perspective of the disruptive effects of the Cove 19 epidemic on squads before and during the tournament”.

UEFA made similar changes to Euro 2020 last year, meeting the demand of coaches who feared they could lose players due to the corona virus.

Since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, national teams have announced 23-man squads for the World Cup and European Championships.

Earlier, only 22 players were allowed in each squad in international tournaments.


Last week, the football rules body IFAB approved the permanent use of five alternatives for all top-level matches, saying teams could now name 15 alternatives instead of 12 on the team sheet.

FIFA said on Thursday that no more than 26 people (15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of whom must be a team doctor) would be allowed on the team bench during the World Cup games.

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