The World governing football body FIFA has given the go-ahead to increase the size of squads for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
This means that each qualified national team will be allowed to include an additional three players making it a total of 26 players in their final squads for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup from the November 21 to December 18 tournament.
FIFA said that the decision to expand the size of the squads was because of the unusual timing of the competition and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments, the Bureau has decided the following:
“The maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55.
“The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26.
“The final matchday at club level for the 23 to 26 players nominated on the final list will be 13 November 2022.
“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,” A statement from FIFA reads.