Euro 2020 squads increased to 26 players as 'special rules' approved

Euro 2020 squads increased to 26 players as
# 04 May 2021 13:23 (UTC +04:00)

UEFA have approved the rule change that will see countries allowed to pick 26-man squads at this summer's tournament as they look to protect against the threat of Covid outbreaks, APA reports citing Mirror.

A full statement read: "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 tests 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.