The international confederation justifies its decision by “the need to maintain additional flexibility due to the unique calendar of the 2022 World Cup”, this winter in Qatar.
A breath of fresh air for Didier Deschamps and his fellow coaches. Or not … Fifa announced on Thursday that the selections qualified for the 2022 World Cup (Nov. 21-Dec. 18) will be able to call up to 26 players in Qatar, against 23 so far.
A provision that the coach of the France team did not necessarily call for, quite the opposite in fact, “DD” arguing several times in front of the press that it represented more choices to be made, more disappointments to manage and players to put in the stands on match day. The Bureau of the Fifa Council justifies its decision by referring to “the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique schedule of the 2022 World Cup in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 on teams before and during tournaments”.
Note that the preselection which will have to be transmitted upstream by the national federations concerned by the World Cup may include up to 55 names, against 35 so far.
The players released on November 13 by the clubs
In addition, the lucky winners who will be part of the final list of 23 to 26 players must be released no later than November 13 by their club, which will leave eight days before the first matches on the menu in Qatar. Ligue 1 has scheduled the 15th day on Sunday November 13, with for example a Monaco-Marseille shock, but also a poster between Lyon and Nice, as well as a PSG-Auxerre duel (the complete program of Ligue 1 2022-23 here).
Last but not least, the Bureau indicates that there cannot be more than 26 individuals on the team bench during World Cup matches, including a maximum of 15 substitutes and 11 officials, including a doctor. And the way things are going, it’s a safe bet that the doctors of the teams qualified for the World Cup will not be idle.