The draw for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, organized by FIFA in partnership with Qatar, will be held Tuesday, in Doha. The championship will be held during the period from December 1 to 18, 2021, with the participation of 23 teams officially invited by FIFA to participate in the tournament.
The draw ceremony will be held at the Opera House in the Cultural Village (Katara), with a limited presence in line with the precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and with the presence of a number of federations heads and representatives of the technical and administrative bodies of the teams participating in the tournament, who began arriving in Doha since Sunday.
The Arab championship is a test for Qatar a year before hosting the 2022 World Cup for the first time in the Middle East, as its competitions are held on six of the eight World Cup stadiums, and it will also be an opportunity to learn about the operational processes and facilities of those stadiums, some of which have hosted football events hosted by Qatar recently, while others are in the final stages of construction.
The list of participating teams includes 12 teams from Asia and 11 from Africa, which are hosts Qatar, Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
During the draw ceremony, the tournament system will be revealed, which may define the qualification of a number of teams directly, according to their latest classification issued by FIFA for the month of April, while other teams must play a preliminary round, up to sixteen teams that will participate in the finals of the competition.
The final match will take place on December 18, which is the date set for the final match of the next edition of the 2022 World Cup, which also coincides with the National Day of Qatar.
It is noteworthy that the Iraqi national team is the most winner of the Arab Cup, with four titles in 1964, 1966, 1985 and 1988, while Tunisia won the title of the inaugural edition in 1963, Egypt 1992, Morocco 2012, and Saudi Arabia was crowned twice in 1998 and 2002.
Last updated: April 26 2021 09:52 PM