FIFA authorizes 26 football players per team for Qatar World Cup


Luis Enrique can call up three more players to participate in the World Cup to be held between November 21 and December 18, if he sees fit

Luis Enrique will be given an extra margin in compiling the list of expedition members for the World Cup in Qatar. As expected for months, FIFA has authorized that the teams that have qualified for the exotic World Cup to be held in the Asian country between November 21 and December 18 this year can call up a maximum of 26 players. A move to give national trainers more options to cope with potential injuries or sick leave in a championship that is leaving its traditional summer dates for the first time and will take place in the middle of a course that will be more tiring than ever.

If in previous championships the subpoena limit was set at 23, on this occasion FIFA opens the hand with three extra places to any coach that sees fit, following the line already established by UEFA during the last multi-location European Championship . It should be remembered that that tournament was held under very special circumstances due to the effect of a pandemic that squeezed the calendars and put the football players at the limit of their strength.

Despite this, Luis Enrique subsequently called up 24 players, as it was more than enough to take on the European Championship. “At this point, I would have sued 23. A virus, the more people, the worse. Which, had I known, I would have taken 23,” he explained shortly after La Roja’s concentration in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas was rocked by Sergio Busquets’ positive result for coronavirus.

Now the Asturian coach will have to judge whether he will use FIFA’s wide sleeve for the World Cup in Qatar or whether he would prefer to face the tournament with a smaller group, although all indications are that he will hit the quota this time because, as he recalled on the occasion of the four nominations to the League of Nations in June, the Federation has long been working on the scenario that more football players could be recruited for the next World Cup.

FIFA has also increased the maximum number of members of the preliminary lists that the coaches must submit for the World Cup from 25 to 55 players and has confirmed that the last league match the called-up players can play will be held no later than November 13.

Source: La Verdad


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