Excitement mounts ahead of FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw
Ahead of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw on Tuesday, 27 April (9 PM local time), the qualifying matches for the tournament have been decided.
Of the 23 nations involved, the 14 lowest-ranked teams according to the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings will participate in single-leg play-offs ahead of the tournament, which will be held later this year.
The play-offs were decided according to the rankings, as follows:
• Oman (FIFA World Ranking: 80) vs Somalia (197)
• Lebanon (93) vs Djibouti (183)
• Jordan (95) vs South Sudan (169)
• Bahrain (99) vs Kuwait (148)
• Mauritania (101) vs Yemen (145)
• Palestine (104) vs Comoros (131)
• Libya (119) vs Sudan (123)
The seven winning teams will join the nine highest-ranked teams who have already qualified for the tournament: host nation Qatar (58), Tunisia (26), Algeria (33), Morocco (34), Egypt (46), Saudi Arabia (65), Iraq (68), the United Arab Emirates (73) and Syria (79).
The tournament will consist of a group stage and knockout rounds. The 16 teams will be split into four groups of four, with the top two from each progressing to the quarter-finals. Matches will be played at six FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ tournament venues.
Tuesday’s draw will be made by four FIFA legends: Wael Gomaa (Egypt), Nawaf Al Temyat (Saudi Arabia), Haytham Mustafa (Sudan) and Younus Mahmood (Iraq), along with FIFA’s Director of Competitions, Manolo Zubiria.
A limited number of officials will attend the draw, in line with Qatar’s COVID-19 protocols. Information on broadcasting the draw will follow tomorrow. Click here to read the procedures for Tuesday’s draw.
The FIFA Arab Cup™ is seen as an important opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of Qatar 2022. Both tournaments will take place in a similar timeslot, with the finals of each scheduled to take place exactly one year apart – on 18 December, Qatar’s National Day.