AA / Yaoundé / Peter Kum
The International Football Federation (FIFA) announced in a press release published Thursday, June 23, that it has decided to increase to 26 the maximum number of players summoned by selection for the 2022 World Cup.
Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the single schedule of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the global calendar and “with a view to dealing with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic” on the teams before and during the tournaments, the body of world football announced that “between 23 and 26 players can now appear on the final list”.
It has also set November 13, 2022 as the date of the last day of interclub matches for the 23 to 26 players on the final lists.
According to the FIFA office, the maximum number of players who can be on the provisional list is increased from 35 to 55.
FIFA has also decided that a maximum of 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 officials, including the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the bench.
The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar in November 2022. Thirty-two nations have qualified for the competition which will inspire millions across the globe.
On April 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a plea for Qatar and FIFA to take measures to promote health during the World Cup.
The WHO stressed that it has teamed up with FIFA and Qatar “to ensure that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is a healthy and safe event, since the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to the provision of healthy menus”.
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