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22 Arab nations to take part in 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, says Infantino

DOHA: Qatar will unite millions of football fans from across the Middle East and Arab world when it hosts the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 next December.

During a visit to Lusail Stadium on Tuesday, FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirmed that the national first teams from all 22 Arab nations have signed up to take part in the tournament, which will be held from 1-18 December 2021 in the majority of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™️ stadiums, with a total of 32 matches being held over 18 days.

The Asian Football Confederation nations who will compete in the tournament are: Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The Confederation of African Football nations who will compete in the tournament are: Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia.

The tournament will be delivered by FIFA, Qatar Football Association, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC.

Seen as a vital opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of Qatar 2022, the tournament will take place in the same timeslot as the World Cup.

The finals of both the FIFA Arab Cup and FIFA World Cup will take place exactly one year apart – each on 18 December, Qatar National Day, which is a public holiday.

“We are delighted that all 22 teams from across the Arab world have agreed to take part in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, and we are looking forward to seeing the region’s best teams battle it out,” said Infantino.

“Through football, this tournament will unite over 450 million people from across the region, and we are confident the FIFA Arab Cup will help to build excitement across the region as we edge ever nearer to hosting the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world in 2022.” (qatar2022.qa)

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