The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has allowed countries to select up to 26 players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
This increases the maximum squad size by three for the Nov 21-Dec 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.
According to FIFA, “given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing” of this year’s competition.
National teams had named squads of 23 players at the World Cup and European Championship ever since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Initially, only 22 players were allowed in each squad at international tournaments.
“No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the team bench” during World Cup games, Fifa said on June 23.