UEFA considering 26-player squads for Euro 2024 after discussion with coaches

UEFA Euro 2024 is much closer than ever. Teams are preparing for their warmup matches despite playing club football. On the other hand, UEFA is looking to decide in the coming weeks whether twenty-three or twenty-six men will be included in the squad. Teams are allowed to pick a 23-man squad currently. The 26-man squad was permitted to play in previous tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A meeting with national team coaches and UEFA officials was held in Düsseldorf on Monday. As per the resources, European football’s governing body said that UEFA is considering the request to increase the squad sizes. The final decision is yet to be made about the 26-man squad. UEFA also discussed the squad size issue for the forthcoming tournament with the qualified team coaches.

The positive point in the discussion about increasing squad sizes is to prevent the threat of injuries and make more choices available on the bench to meet team guidelines. Some coaches who were not in favor of increased squad sizes said that it’s difficult to train with a large squad, and this will increase the financial burden on the national associations. The majority of coaches were in favor of the 26-man squad. But still, it depends on the UEFA to decide on Euro 2024 squad sizes.

The final decision about increasing the squad size to 26 men now goes to UEFA’s national team competitions committee and then its Executive committee.”

UEFA will make a late decision on squad sizes, and the last date to submit the squad sizes for the national teams is June 7, 2024. The tournament starts on June 14, with host Germany taking on Scotland at Allianz Arena in Munich.

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