Fifa Arab Cup 2021: The full draw for the inaugural event, where it takes place, and when

16 teams will contest the competition at World Cup venues

The draw for the Fifa Arab Cup 2021 took place in Doha on Tuesday night, with 23 national teams involved. Here’s a breakdown on the new tournament, which is viewed as a prelude to the 2022 World Cup.

What is it?

The inaugural Fifa Arab Cup, a 16-team tournament. Taking place in Qatar almost exactly a year before the World Cup, it is billed as an important opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of the Middle East’s first global finals. All teams involved compete under the auspices of the Asian Football Confederation or the Confederation of African Football.

When is it?

The tournament is slated to begin in late November, with an exact date to be confirmed - although November 30 has been mooted. However, the date for the final has been set: December 18, for Qatar’s National Day, just like next year’s World Cup.

Where is it?

All matches take place in Doha, with six World Cup stadiums used. Some of the venues have already hosted high-level football in recent months, while the others are in the final stages of construction.

Who plays who?

The draw was made on April 27 at Katara Opera House in Doha. As hosts, Qatar were automatically seeded into Pot 1. The UAE were seeded in Pot 2. The nine highest-ranked teams in the Fifa rankings will be joined in the final tournament by the seven winners from the qualifying stage. The dates for those single-leg play-offs are still to be confirmed.

Group A: Qatar, Iraq, Oman or Somalia, Bahrain or Kuwait.

Group B: Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Mauritania or Yemen.

Group C: Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or South Sudan, Palestine or Comoros.

Group D: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon or Djibouti, Libya or Sudan.

The top two teams in each group proceed to the knockout stage, which begins with the quarter-finals. The semi-finals, a third place play-off and the final then follow.

Published: April 28, 2021 10:48 AM

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