WC 2022: FIFA authorizes 26 players per team

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Announced several days ago, the news is now official. Via a press release published this Thursday, FIFA has decided to increase the list of players called up by selection for the 2022 World Cup to 26 players. Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique calendar of the World Cup of FIFA 2022™ in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on teams 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 in the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26. • The final day at the level of the club for the 23 to 26 players named on the final list will take place on 13 November 2022. • No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the doctor of team) will be permitted to sit on the team bench.

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