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2022: The squad size for World cup in Qatar has been increased to 26 players—FIFA

FIFA has increased the maximum squad size for the November 21–December 18 competition by three, allowing nations to choose up to 26 players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA announced in a statement that "the number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26."

The decision to increase squad sizes was decided, according to the organization that governs world football, "given the necessity to preserve greater flexibility owing to the peculiar timing" of this year's competition, which will break the European club season.

The "broader backdrop of the disruptive effects caused by the Covid-19 epidemic on squads before and during competitions" was also taken into consideration by FIFA.

Similar changes were made by UEFA for Euro 2020 last year in response to managers' requests who were concerned about losing players to the coronavirus.

Since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, national teams have selected 23-player squads for both the World Cup and the European Championship.

Prior to that, each squad for international competitions was limited to 22 players.

Football's governing body, IFAB, approved the use of five substitutes permanently for all matches at the highest level last week. Additionally, teams can now list 15 substitutes instead of 12 on a team sheet.

FIFA announced on Thursday that "no more than 26 persons" (up to 15 replacements and 11 team officials, one of whom must be the team doctor) would be permitted to sit on the team bench during World Cup contests.

Source: Punch News.

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