FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 draw set to take place today
Qatar is all set to host the draw for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 at Katara Opera House in Doha today at 9 pm local time.
Ahead of the draw, the qualifying matches for the tournament have been decided, FIFA said in a press statement.
The FIFA Arab Cup, slated to take place later this year, will further strengthen Qatar's position as a prominent sporting hub in the region. It is also expected to serve as a significant opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of Qatar 2022.
The final of this tournament on December 18, will be held exactly one year before the scheduled kick-off of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final.
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, slated to go underway 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.
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 will lead today's draw. To learn about the draw procedures, click here.
The draw will see limited attendance of officials and will be held in line with Qatar's safety measures against COVID-19.
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