European Cup 2024 : Allowing participating teams to include 26 players in their squads European Cup 2024 : Allowing participating teams to include 26 players in their squads

European Cup 2024 : Allowing participating teams to include 26 players in their squads

European Cup 2024 : Allowing participating teams to include 26 players in their squads

The 24 teams in the European Cup scheduled to be held in Germany this summer will be able to compete in the tournament with a squad of up to 26 players instead of 23, according to what a source in the European Football Association revealed.

All 26 members of the team will be allowed to be on the match list, unlike the finals of the last edition, which was held in 2021, when 26 players were allowed, but only 23 were included on the match list, with the remaining three players sitting in the stands.

Allowing 26 players in the last European Cup was due to the Covid pandemic and the possible complications of team members being infected with the virus.

FIFA also allowed an expanded squad in the 2022 World Cup because the finals were held in the middle of the European season, where the majority of prominent players play.

It remains to be seen whether all national team coaches will choose the maximum number of players allowed.

France national team coach Didier Deschamps recently told Agence France-Presse: “Statistics indicate that on average, in a major tournament, four players on the team do not play at all, and there are two or three players who play for a maximum of 10 minutes.”

He continued, "Including only 26 players because that is permissible, I do not care."

The final team lists must be submitted to the European Union by next June 7, that is, seven days before the start of the continental tournament.

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