Players at the FIFA World Cup by league
Despite FIFA increasing the number of players permitted to be selected for their national team at the FIFA World Cup to 26 (previously 23), most professional football players will never have the honour of representing their country at the infamous tournament.
Football Benchmark’s study, launched ahead of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar, took an in depth look at the players who were privileged enough to be selected to represent their country at the biggest footballing tournament in the world.
The study found that 831 players were selected, with over 50% of the players coming from Europe’s top five leagues: the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
The Premier League had the absolute highest rate of any of the leagues, with the league’s players making up for 16% of the total players at the tournament.