Football’s governing body, FIFA , has confirmed that teams participating in this year’s World Cup in Qatar will be allowed to bring 26 players.

The development didn’t come as a surprise, after the International Football Association Board allowed five subs to be a permanent addition to the laws of the game earlier this month.

Due to the Covid pandemic that stopped football two years ago, football’s governing bodies have relaxed rules amid concerns over player welfare.

A statement from FIFA : “Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments, the Bureau has decided the following:

“The maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55. The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26.

“The final matchday at club level for the 23 to 26 players nominated on the final list will be 13 November 2022. No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the team bench.”