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FIFA approves 26-man squads for the World Cup to combat COVID-19

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FIFA has approved bigger 26-man squads for the World Cup in Qatar, deciding Thursday to extend soccer’s relaxation of rules that help coaches and players during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move was expected from the FIFA Bureau — comprising the presidents of FIFA and soccer’s six confederations — after 23-player rosters were expanded for recent continental championships.

Adding three players to the typical World Cup roster follows UEFA doing the same for the European Championship last year.


England’s coach Gareth Southgate, left, shakes hands with England’s Bukayo Saka as he is substituted during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between England and Hungary at the Molineux…

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