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World Cup 2022: Fifa approves 26-man squads for Qatar tournament



Gareth Bales on the Wales bench Wales' 64-year wait for a World Cup finals appearance will end this year in Qatar Fifa has approved 26-man squads for this year's World Cup in Qatar.  The move is in line with recent national competitions and is an expansion on the 23-man squads that had been used before the coronavirus pandemic.  Fifa also said up to 15 substitutes can be named for a game, meaning no player misses out - something England head coach Gareth Southgate had called for.  "I think everybody has to be available for all the games," he said in April.  Southgate added: "If the squads are going to be bigger then it needs to be a situation where everybody is able to change on a matchday."  The deadline for all 32 countries competing to submit their final squads is 20 October - 30 days before the first game between Senegal and the Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium.  Fifa also said that no more than 26 people - up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials, of which one must be the team doctor - will be allowed to sit on the bench.  England begin their campaign against Iran on the opening day, 21 November, at 13:00 GMT, while Wales - who are drawn in the same group - face the USA later at 19:00 GMT.

Wales' 64-year wait for a World Cup finals appearance will end this year in Qatar


Fifa has approved 26-man squads for this year's World Cup in Qatar.


The move is in line with recent national competitions and is an expansion on the 23-man squads that had been used before the coronavirus pandemic.


Fifa also said up to 15 substitutes can be named for a game, meaning no player misses out - something England head coach Gareth Southgate had called for.

"I think everybody has to be available for all the games," he said in April.

Southgate added: "If the squads are going to be bigger then it needs to be a situation where everybody is able to change on a matchday."

The deadline for all 32 countries competing to submit their final squads is 20 October - 30 days before the first game between Senegal and the Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Fifa also said that no more than 26 people - up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials, of which one must be the team doctor - will be allowed to sit on the bench.

England begin their campaign against Iran on the opening day, 21 November, at 13:00 GMT, while Wales - who are drawn in the same group - face the USA later at 19:00 GMT.

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