The 32 nations participating in the next FIFA World Cup in Qatar will each be able to bring 26 players instead of the usual 23. The decision has just been made official by FIFA itself. The international federation also communicated the expansion of the provisional list from 35 to 55 players. This should delight several national coaches, including Roberto Martinez, fond of expanded lists. It is also, of course, good news for the players since there will be three more places to occupy.
“In order to deal with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unusual period during which the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will take place, the Bureau of the Council has deemed it necessary to offer greater flexibility for the workforce and thus made the following decisions:
• The maximum number of players that can be on the provisional list is increased from 35 to 55.
• Between 23 and 26 players can now be on the final list.
• The date for the last day of club matches for the 23-26 players on the final lists has been set for 13 November 2022.
• A total of 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and a maximum of 11 officials, including the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the bench.“