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Posted On: 27 April 2021 09:44 pm
Updated On: 27 April 2021 10:11 pm

FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ group stage draw finalised

Vrinda Abilash
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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.

Qualifying matches for the tournament

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.

FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw
Image Credit: FIFATV

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 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.

Groups for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™

The groups as per the draw were as follows:

FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™
Image Credit: FIFATV

Group A

  • Qatar
  • Iraq
  • Q1: Oman or Somalia
  • Q4: Bahrain or Kuwait

Group B

  • Tunisia
  • UAE
  • Syria
  • Q5: Mauritania or Yemen

Group C

  • Morocco
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Q3: Jordan or South Sudan
  • Q6: Palestine or Comoros

Group D

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Q2: Lebanon or Djibouti
  • Q7: Lybia or Sudan

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,