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FIFA increases squads to 26 players for 2022 World Cup

Football governing body FIFA has approved the increase of the World Cup squads to a maximum of 26 players, the federation said on Thursday. National teams are to take at least 23 players to the next tournament in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, while the maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55.

Published June 23,2022

FIFA will allow countries to select up to 26 players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, increasing the maximum squad size by three for the November 21-December 18 tournament.

"The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26," FIFA said in a statement. UEFA adopted similar changes for Euro 2020 last year in response to Covid-19 concerns.