Officially approved by “FIFA”… All you need to know about the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar
The Arab Cup is back again after more than eight years. However, this version of the Arab Cup in Qatar will be the first to be officially approved by FIFA.
The Arab Cup was launched for the first time in 1963 in Lebanon. But it was a friendly tournament, without the slightest interest from the fans.
Moreover, the tournament did not have specific dates for it. It also did not stipulate the participation of the first team; rather, some Arab federations used to send the youth team or the Olympic one.
However, all this will change after FIFA announced the official approval of the tournament, starting with the next version.
Thus, the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar will be quite a historic event.
On Friday, April 23, FIFA announced that the tournament draw will take place at the Opera House in the cultural village of Katara in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
The Federation has announced nine o’clock P.M. Mecca time on the 27th of April as the date for the draw.
FIFA asserted that there will be a limited number of officials, due to the precautionary measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19.
Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ draw on 27 April: https://t.co/5KHOTfavlz
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) April 23, 2021
The tournament will feature 22 Arab teams from Asia and Africa.
12 Arab teams from Asia will participate. (Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Bahrain.)
And 10 teams will participate from Africa. (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Comoros, Djibouti, and Mauritania.)
The FIFA Arab Cup 2021 will be held in Qatar during the period from the first to the eighteenth of next December.
The top 10 Arab teams in the FIFA World Ranking for the month of April will qualify directly for the final rounds.
However, the remaining 12 teams will play in qualifying for the final rounds.
The Arab Cup will be delivered by FIFA, the Qatar Football Association, as well as the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
The tournament will occur a year before the start of the 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar.
The final match of the tournament will take place on the National Day of the State of Qatar, on December 18th.
It is the same day on which the World Cup Final match will take place at Lusail Stadium in 2022.