The historic FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw was 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 at Katara on 27 April 2021.
Ahead of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw, the qualifying matches for the tournament were decided.
Of the 23 nations involved, the 14 lowest-ranked teams according to the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Ranking 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:
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 are 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.
The groups as per the draw were as follows:
The FIFA Arab Cup™ is seen as an important opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of Qatar 2022.
Source and cover image source: FIFATV, FIFA.com
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