FIFA is increasing World Cup rosters but not the size of the delegation it will pay

FIFA is increasing World Cup rosters but not the size of the delegation it will pay

Teams for the World Cup in Qatar will be allowed 23 to 26 players on their roster, up from 23 in previous tournaments.

But while the list of players has increased, FIFA has not changed the number of people in each country’s delegation that it is willing to pay for travel and accommodation. As of the 2018 tournament in Russia, soccer’s governing body will pay for return flights “for up to 50 representative members” in business class.

FIFA will also cover board and lodging for “up to 50 people from each participating member association.”

Team delegations can be larger, if they pay extra.

“We have to do it,” Soccer Canada general secretary Earl Cochrane, whose association is not known for its growing coffers, said of FIFA’s limit.

So while it’s unlikely that Canadiens coach John Herdman would choose the lower end of the roster size, it’s allowed.

“It will be up to John to decide how many players we bring in and how many staff we bring in,” Cochran said in an interview Wednesday. “And we have to adjust financially to what that is.

“He at least thinks about what the complement of his staff looks like, I think. But it’s up to John – how many players. Does he complete the full 26? It’s a technical decision. It’s his is for. Decide.”

Given that Qatar marks Canada’s first trip to a men’s soccer showpiece since 1986 and the fact that Canada is co-hosting the 2026 tournament with the United States and Mexico, the tournament for Canadian players and staff There is a lot to learn.

And Canadian players, who are currently embroiled in a contract impasse with Canadian Soccer, likely won’t appreciate it if Qatar’s roster is on the lower end of the scale.

FIFA decided in June to increase the player list for Qatar, “due to the need to maintain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the international calendar, as well as the wider context of the disruptive impact caused by COVID.” – 19 outbreaks in squads before and during tournaments.”

Competing teams have until Nov. 13 to submit their final roster that includes three goaltenders. The tournament begins on November 20 with 43rd-ranked Canada men taking on No. 2 Belgium on November 23.

The Canadians are currently in Europe, preparing for friendlies against No. 48 Qatar in Vienna on Friday and No. 13 Uruguay next Tuesday in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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