How many substitutes in the 2022 World Cup? Explaining the new Qatar tournament rules

Substitutions can make or break games for teams and those stakes are no higher than at a World Cup.

With entire nations watching, bringing in the right players at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure.

In the 2014 World Cup final, it was German substitute Mario Gotze who scored the decisive extra-time goal against Argentina.

Managers will cede even more responsibility at the 2022 World Cup after FIFA opted to change the number of substitutions allowed for Qatar.

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How many substitutes at the 2022 World Cup?

FIFA has confirmed that teams will be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match at the 2022 World Cup.

Previous World Cups only allowed three substitutions, so the change for Qatar is quite significant.

The increase was overtaken by FIFA due to the continued impacts of COVID-19 and the unique timing of this World Cup.

Although five substitutions can be made, managers will only have three windows to make them during the full 90 minutes, but that does not include half-time breaks.

How many substitutes in overtime?

Should a 2022 World Cup game go to extra time, each team will be entitled to one additional substitution.

So if a team had used all five in regulation time, they will be allowed to make a sixth under in overtime.

This means that for the first time ever, more than half of a starting squad could be substituted in a World Cup match.

How many players allowed on the bench at the World Cup?

With more substitutions allowed, the benches have also been increased for the 2022 World Cup.

A total of 15 players can be listed as substitutes, for each team, for each match – an increase from the previous 12 that could be listed.

The benches will be made up of a maximum of 26 people with 11 seats reserved for team officials.

How many surrogates are allowed in the world?

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, many leagues around the world have decided to increase permitted substitutions from three to five.

The Premier League was one of those, but temporarily reverted to three before a club vote reinstated the five substitution rule for the 2022/23 season.

Major League Soccer has also blocked five substitutions with two more available for players with suspected concussions under a trial system.

In June 2022, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) decided to formally enshrine the use of five substitutions in the Laws of the Game, but stressed that its implementation was up to the respective governing bodies.

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