The FIFA World Cup 2022 that will take place in Qatar in 2022 will be unlike any other major men’s FIFA event in history.
As the 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in November and December due to the hot summers in the small Middle Eastern nation, the 2022 tournament will be held during the heart of the European League season, which brings with it challenges that the national teams and clubs have never faced before.
FIFA will be making a number of accommodations in order for the tournament to take place at an unusual time. One of those alterations will be a slight increase in the size of the squad for the 2022 edition, as FIFA will permit national team coaches to have access to more players as part of their roster for the event.
Here are the key changes for FIFA World Cup 2022:
- There are 26 players on the final World Cup squad lists (up from 23 players)
- There are 55 players on the provisional/eligible squad list for the World Cup (up from 35 players last year).
- There are 15 bench players on the bench (up from 12 players).
- The number of substitutes available per match has been increased from 3 to 5.
Squad size for FIFA World Cup 2022
According to FIFA, the maximum number of players for the forthcoming 2022 World Cup has been increased from 23 to 26 players as part of an increase to the roster for the tournament on June 23.
There has also been an increase to 55 players added to the “release list” of eligible players that have been approved by the world football governing body. Teams can use the release list to replace injured players during the knockout stages of the competition, as well as to make late changes to the squad.
Finally, the number of substitutes allowed on the bench is increasing as well, with a total of 15 available substitutes available on the bench, up from the usual 12 substitutes allowed on the bench. According to FIFA, a team will be permitted to have a maximum of 26 members of staff on its bench, with the 15 players being joined by a maximum of 11 members of staff.
Why World Cup 2022 squad size increase?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place in 2022 with a unique timing in the global calendar, so the organization said that the changes were made because the need to maintain additional flexibility was a priority, in addition to the disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic had on squads before and during the tournament.”
The reason for the increase in players was largely due to the strain on players during the 2022/23 season which resulted in an increase in the number of players allowed.
Since the 2022 World Cup will be held in November and December, domestic leagues are being forced to squeeze the same number of fixtures into a season calendar that is four weeks shorter than it was last year, a tall task that will likely put a strain on players on a number of fronts.
According to FIFA, the number of substitutions will be increased from three to five during this World Cup, following the adoption of the move by many top European leagues.
A similar change was made for the 2021 European Championships, where 26 players were allowed to be included on the roster, but only 23 were allowed to be named for each match in the World Cup squad, which was done in a similar way to the World Cup squad increase. As for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, all 15 reserves will be included in the matchday squad as part of the preparations for the event.
The World Cup is likely to return to the June-July schedule when it returns in 2026 and thereafter, however, it is still uncertain if the roster size will revert back to the traditional 23-member squad list for future World Cups.
What is the deadline for players to leave their clubs?
During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which will take place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18, the hosts will play Ecuador in the first game, with the final scheduled for Dec. 18.
As per the FIFA release announcing the squad changes, the last day for players to play a club match will be Sunday, Nov. 13, which is the last day for players to play a club fixture. On Monday, Nov. 14, clubs need to release players for international duty by the end of the day, so they can return to their clubs only after their national teams have either been eliminated or have won the tournament.
This one-month layoff will be handled differently for each league, including how the fixtures will be rearranged to suit a one-month layoff.
Following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup, the Premier League will be resumed on Dec. 26 following the end of the World Cup which began a week earlier than usual in August.
There was no start of La Liga a week early, but it would return in late December and continue from that point onwards.
As with the Premier League in England, the Bundesliga in Germany began a week earlier than usual, but will not resume play until the end of January, giving its players the usual break over the holidays.