The 2022 FIFA World Cup shall be held in Qatar.© AFP
FIFA will permit nations to pick out 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 match. “The variety of gamers to be included on the ultimate listing has been elevated to at the very least 23 and a most of 26,” FIFA mentioned in an announcement. World soccer’s governing physique mentioned the choice to develop squads was made “given the necessity to retain extra flexibility because of the distinctive timing” of this yr’s competitors, which can interrupt the European membership season.
FIFA additionally took under consideration the “broader context of the disruptive results brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic on squads earlier than and through tournaments”.
UEFA adopted related modifications for Euro 2020 final yr, assembly a requirement from coaches who feared they might lose gamers resulting from 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 mentioned groups can now title 15 substitutes on a crew sheet as a substitute of 12.
“Not more than 26 individuals (as much as 15 substitutes and 11 crew officers – considered one of these officers should be the crew physician) shall be allowed to sit down on the crew bench” throughout World Cup video games, FIFA mentioned Thursday.
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