European football governing body UEFA has confirmed that countries will be allowed to carry 26 players for the forthcoming Euro tournament.
The decision, according to UEFA, is in order to ‘guarantee the smooth running and continuity of the competition in light of the COVID-19 pandemic’.
A statement from UEFA on Tuesday morning noted: “The UEFA Executive Committee today approved special rules for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament in order to guarantee the smooth running and continuity of the competition in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The following key regulatory changes will be implemented:
“Increase of the player list from 23 to 26 players
“To mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of available players for certain matches due to possible positive COVID-19 test results and subsequent quarantine measures ordered by competent authorities, it has been decided to exceptionally increase the player list for all participating teams to 26 players.”
“However, 23 players shall remain the maximum number permitted on the match sheet for each individual match (in accordance with Law 3 of the IFAB Laws of the Game permitting a maximum of 12 substitutes to be named for A-national team matches), including three goalkeepers.”
🏆 #EURO2020 squads will feature up to 26 players.— UEFA (@UEFA) May 4, 2021
👕 Squad lists will be submitted on 1 June, but teams will be able to make unlimited replacements in case of serious injury or illness before the first match. Goalkeepers can be replaced ahead of each match.
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