FIFA allows increase in squads for Qatar World Cup

Soccer's world governing body, FIFA, has decided to increase the maximum squad limit by three to 26 for the upcoming World Cup.

The decision came at a meeting of the Bureau of the FIFA Council on Thursday.

Unlike past games, the World Cup Qatar 2022 will be held from November through December.

A FIFA statement said that to better deal with the unique timing of the championship and possible disruptive effects caused by COVID-19, the number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26.

It added that up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials will be allowed to sit on the team bench during a game.

The statement also said the maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55.