FIFA decides to increase Qatar: Up to 26 players in the World Cup squad possible

The 32 participating nations at this year’s Winter World Cup in Qatar now have permission from FIFA to nominate up to 26 players for the final tournament.

The 32 participating nations at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are allowed to take more players to the tournament.


At the World Cup in Qatar, which will take place from November 21st to December 18th this year, the German national team and all other participants can fall back on a larger squad. The Executive Committee of the FIFA Council approved increasing the squad to a maximum of 26 players for the big knockout tournament in the desert state.

This was announced by the World Football Association on Thursday. National coach Hansi Flick had also spoken out in favor of a larger squad in the recent past – partly because the players have to play this tournament at club level in the middle of the current season.

FIFA has also recognized this point – and wants to be considerate of the participants with this measure. In addition, due to possible negative effects of the corona pandemic in the colder season, especially in Europe, on the squad before and during the tournament, they want to give the World Cup starters more leeway.

Up to 55 players on the preliminary nomination list

In plain language this means: instead of 35 players, up to 55 players can be put on the provisional nomination list – this is also an innovation that is certainly welcome. A minimum of 23 players and the maximum of 26 players described above apply to the definitive list.

The last matchday at club level for the 23-26 players included on the final World Cup list is 13 November.

FIFA also announced that the 73rd congress of the world association will take place on March 16, 2023 in Kigali/Rwanda – with the election of the FIFA President. And it became known that the U-20 World Cup, which was canceled in 2021 due to Corona, is now to be held in Indonesia from May 20 to June 11, 2023.

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