FIFA increases squads to 26 players for 2022 World Cup | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: FIFA will permit nations to pick as much as 26 gamers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, rising the utmost squad measurement by three for the November 21-December 18 event.
“The variety of gamers to be included on the ultimate listing has been elevated to no less than 23 and a most of 26,” FIFA stated in an announcement.
World soccer’s governing physique stated the choice to broaden squads was made “given the necessity to retain extra flexibility as a result of distinctive timing” of this 12 months’s competitors, which is able to interrupt the European membership season.
FIFA additionally took under consideration the “broader context of the disruptive results attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic on squads earlier than and through tournaments”.
UEFA adopted related adjustments for Euro 2020 final 12 months, assembly a requirement from coaches who feared they might lose gamers attributable to coronavirus.
Nationwide groups had named squads of 23 gamers on the World Cup and European Championship ever because the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Previous to that solely 22 gamers had been allowed in every squad at worldwide tournaments.
Final week soccer’s guidelines physique IFAB accredited the everlasting use of 5 substitutes for all top-level matches and stated groups can now identify 15 substitutes on a workforce sheet as a substitute of 12.
“Not more than 26 individuals (as much as 15 substitutes and 11 workforce officers – one among these officers have to be the workforce physician) can be allowed to sit down on the workforce bench” throughout World Cup video games, FIFA stated Thursday.

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