The 2022 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and the first match will be played on November 20th, which marks the beginning of the tournament.
It is, however, the managers who will select their squads for this year’s tournament in Qatar who will be the focus of all attention before the players take to the pitch.
With players from all over the world currently trying to impress at the club level, it can be a difficult decision in deciding who to take and who to leave behind.
The World Cup is just around the corner, and time is running out for any possible bolters, with teams close to locking in their places for the tournament.
FIFA World Cup 2022 squad announcement date?
The majority of national teams are expected to announce their initial World Cup squads a month prior to the tournament taking place.
It is expected that the squads of most teams will start being released from October 20 onwards, so keep an eye out for them.
Gareth Southgate is expected to name the England squad on October 21st, according to a report in The Telegraph.
AP News, on the other hand, has claimed that on November 9, the United States side will be announced.
In the period between these two dates, the majority of other nations are expected to confirm their lineups.
Is there a deadline for confirming FIFA World Cup 2022 squads?
Although there is no set date for nations to announce their squads, all teams must be finalized with FIFA by November 13 in order to participate in the tournament.
The sides do have some wiggle room, however, as they are allowed to bring in a replacement player 24 hours before their first game if any of their original squad members get ruled out with injury or COVID-19 within the first week of play.
FIFA recently increased the number of players on any nation’s initial release list from 35 to 55 in order to ensure that any replacement must come from that list.
In 2022, what is the maximum size of a World Cup squad?
There can be no more than 26 players in the finalized World Cup squads in 2022.
As a result of the ongoing disruption deriving largely from the ongoing COVID-19 tournament, the number of teams at the tournament has increased from 23 in previous tournaments.
It is now possible for a team to have a maximum of 15 substitutes on their bench for a match, and during a match, a team is allowed to make five substitutions.