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What's the difference between "The player is on roster" and "The player is in the squad"?
 

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In sport, the roster is the pool of players available, and the squad it the selection of who who might be used in a game, tournament, etc, including the reserves who may or may not play.
 

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Does it mean that when you're suspended or injured and can't play, then you're still on roster but not in the squad?
 

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I would say so. I am not sure about, say, American sports, which appear to speak a different language.
 

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Speaking about American football, you have a 53-man roster. These are the players who are suited up and available to play in a game.

"Squad" could refer to the entire team and thus be synonymous. Or it could refer to a subset, like the offense or the defense. There's even a "practice squad," a set of player who are not on the roster, but practice with the team and are available to join the roster in cases of serious injury.
 

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