World Cup 2022: FIFA approves expansion of team rosters to 26 players

Add expanding the size of the team benches to the long list of projects World Cup 2022 organizers will need to complete to ready the tournament.

On Thursday, FIFA approved an expansion of the rosters from 23 to 26 players for the 2022 World Cup. The maximum number of players on the release list was also increased from 35 to 55. Players on the final rosters must come from the release list.

FIFA set 26 as the number of people (15 substitutes and 11 team officials, one them the team doctor) who will be allowed to sit on the team bench.

The decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council, FIFA stated in a release, was "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."

In 2021, UEFA expanded the rosters for the delayed European Championship from 23 to 26 players but teams were allowed to dress only 23 teams. Euro 2022, UEFA's women's championship kicking off next month in England, will have 23-player rosters.

FIFA also confirmed the final day players on World Cup rosters can compete at the club level before they must be released to their national teams is Nov. 13. The tournament starts eight days later with four games, including USA-Wales.

FIFA has not announced the date the final rosters must be submitted.
2023 Schedules:
England: Premier League
France: Ligue 1
Germany: Bundesliga
Italy: Serie A (to be released on Friday)
Spain: LaLiga

5 comments about "World Cup 2022: FIFA approves expansion of team rosters to 26 players".
  1. R2 Dad, June 23, 2022 at 5:27 p.m.

    Meanwhile, clueless CONCACAF officials limited the U20 MNT to 20 players with 3 MATCHES IN 5 DAYS. UN-BE-LIEVABLE. This is almost as bad as the old youth tournaments playing 3-4 matches in 2 days. Sure it's not too late to join UEFA or CONMEBOL?

  2. Santiago 1314, June 24, 2022 at 4:51 a.m.

    I had been Waiting to Post MY Roster, until in Knew the FIFA Regs;
    Starting XI;
    CP.                               Weah
    Jedi.                            Dest
            Richards ADAMS
               * Turner *
               -Next Post-

  3. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2022 at 6:34 a.m.

    Finally back to this; 2nd Team
    Konrad.                               Sargent
    Vines.                                   Scally
                   EPB.       CCV

  4. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2022 at 6:38 a.m.

    22 Down, 4 to go; (1 per Line)
    1. Dike
    2. Mihalovich
    3. Canon
    4. Horvath

  5. Santiago 1314, June 28, 2022 at 7:10 a.m.

    I think what Ggg will pick is;
    CP.                                   Weah
    Morris.                            Reyna
    Jedi.                            Dest
    Bello.                           Yedlin
               Zimm Richards
                CCV.    Long
    4 "Extras" 

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