The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to authorize lists of 26 players for the next World Cup. With however a small change compared to Euro 2020.

The decision is made ! Just under five months from the start of the 2022 World Cup, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has authorized the coaches to bring up to 26 playersand no longer 23 as was the case in previous competitions.

The goal is “to provide greater flexibility for the workforce (…) to deal with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unusual period in which the World Cup” will argue.

UEFA made the same decision for Euro 2020 last year. But there is however a small difference: for the World Cup, the 26 players can be registered on the match sheet. During the Euro, the coaches had to leave three players in the stands at each meeting.

The Blues with eight strikers at the Euro

These lists of 26 will give more latitude to Didier Deschamps and the other coaches for the World Cup. For Euro 2020, the Blues left with 3 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 6 midfielders and 8 attackers. Of the 23 field players selected, three elements had not played a single minute, Léo Dubois, Kurt Zouma and Wissam Ben Yedder. Thomas Lemar and Marcus Thuram only made one appearance.

A week of preparation for the teams

Note that FIFA has decided that the players selected for the World Cup can no longer be used by their club after Sunday 13 November. The competition begins on Monday November 21 in Qatar, which leaves only one week of preparation for all teams.

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