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The 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar has featured 26-player rosters for all 32 participating nations, but that reportedly won’t be the case for next year’s Women’s World Cup.
FIFA has rejected a proposal to expand the Women’s World Cup rosters to 26 players, Sky Sports reported Wednesday. England women’s national team manager Sarina Wiegman and German women’s national team manager Marina Voss-Tecklenburg previously discussed the proposal with other international coaches at the Women’s World Cup finals draw in October, according to the report.
Enlarged rosters of 26 players have been used at not only the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but also the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Men’s and Women’s European Championships.
Australia and New Zealand will joint-host the Women’s World Cup over a 31-day period, with the opening match slated for July 20. A total of nine cities will host matches during the tournament.
The U.S. women’s national team has mainly used a 23-player roster for its competitive schedule over the past year. Vlatko Andonovski’s squad featured 23 players during the Concacaf W Championship, which the Americans won after defeating Canada 1-0 in the tournament final.
The USWNT returns to action in January with two road friendlies against New Zealand.