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Qatar World Cup 2022: Ecuador national team roster | Selected players and omissions

We take a look at Ecuador’s national team roster for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Every player on the squad, the full calendar and group rivals.

Ecuador's defender William Pacho (3L) jokes with Ecuador's midfielder Carlos Gruezo (2R) during a training session at Essaimer SC in Doha on November 19, 2022 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football match between Qatar and Ecuador. (Photo by Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP)

Ecuador, who along with hosts Qatar will be the first teams in action at the 2022 World Cup starring in Sunday’s inaugural match, were the last to officially announce their squad list. Head coach Gustavo Alfaro finally confirmed his squad shortly before 6 p.m. local time on Monday 14 November - the deadline for all squad lists to be submitted to FIFA. The announcement came via a two-minute video posted on social media.

Alfaro named a squad heavy in defence and midfield but with just four forwards. There was no place for Inter Miami’s Leonardo Campana or Independiente midfielder Junior Sornoza in the 26-man list. And there was heartbreak for Byron Castillo, injured just a couple of days ago in the friendly against Irak, he was left out as a precaution following a dispute involving Chile over his nationality during the qualifying round. His place in the squad has been filled by William Pacho.

Ecuador’s complete roster for the 2022 World Cup


  • Alexander Domínguez (LDU Quito)
  • Hernán Galíndez (Aucas)
  • Moisés Ramirez (Independiente del Valle)


  • Angelo Preciado (Genk)
  • Pervis Estupiñán (Brighton & Hove Albion)
  • Diego Palacios (Los Angeles FC)
  • Piero Hincapié (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Jackson Porozo (Troyes)
  • Robert Arboleda (São Paulo)
  • Xavier Arreaga (Seattle Sounders)
  • Félix Torres (Santos Laguna)
  • William Pacho (Antwerp)


  • Carlos Gruezo (Augsburg)
  • Jhegson Méndez (Los Angeles FC)
  • José Cifuentes José Cifuentes
  • Alan Franco (Talleres, on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
  • Moisés Caicedo (Brighton & Hove Albion)
  • Ángel Mena (León)
  • Ayrton Preciado (Santos Laguna)
  • Gonzalo Plata (Real Valladolid)
  • Romario Ibarra (Pachuca)
  • Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton & Hove Albion)


  • Enner Valencia (Fenerbahçe)
  • Micheal Estrada (Cruz Azul, on loan from Toluca)
  • Djorkaeff Reasco (Newell’s Old Boys)
  • Kevin Rodríguez (Imbabura)

Ecuador’s schedule and group in the 2022 World Cup

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Sengal

November 20

Qatar-Ecuador 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

November 25

Netherlands-Ecuador 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

November 29

Ecuador-Senegal 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT