2021 FIFA Arab Cup Schedule: Draw, Format, Groups, Teams and All You Need to Know

Arab nations have a significant role in popularizing football in Asia and now all eyes are on Qatar as it is set to host the FIFA World Cup of 2022. The Arab Cup of 2022 will serve as a great opportunity to check preparations, facilities and overall management in Qatar just a year before the 2022 World Cup. Draws for the 2022 Arab cup were held on 27 April in Doha. Get everything you need to know about the event, FIFA Arab Cup 2022 schedule, fixtures, draw, qualified teams, tickets and groups.

The middle-east countries are all set to battle it out in the 2022 FIFA Arab Cup which will not help the Arab team test their preparation but also FIFA will get an idea of how much Qatar is ready for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA Arab Cup 2022 Schedule

The 2022 FIFA Arab Cup will be the 10th edition of the competition, scheduled to take place from 30 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar. This is the first time that FIFA will overlook all the proceedings of the Arab Cup.

The inaugural match of the Arab Cup 2022 will be played between hosts Qatar and the winner of Kuwait vs Bahrain on 30 November 2022.

The semifinals will be played on 15 December 2022. The final will be played on 18 December 2022.

The Asian champion and host Qatar will kick of the tournament against the winner of the qualifier game between Bahrain vs Kuwait. The complete match fixtures for the FIFA Arab Cup 2022 will be updated here after the completion of the qualifiers.

Venue

The official venues for the FIFA Arab Cup are yet to be released but the tournament will be hosted at 6 different venues in 4 cities.

2021 FIFA Arab Cup Teams

The tournament will feature teams from two different confederations Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Total 23 teams will compete out of which 16 teams will play in the tournament.

Out of the 23 teams, the top 9 teams based on the 2022 FIFA ranking will directly qualify to the group stage. The remaining 14 teams will go through a qualifying round of single-leg matches after which 7 teams will progress to the group stage.

The 9 teams qualified for the Group stage are

Qatar
Tunisia
Algeria
Morocco
Egypt
Saudi Arabia
Iraq
United Arab Emirates
Syria

The 14 teams that will battle it out in the qualification round are

Oman
Lebanon
Jordan
Bahrain
Mauritania
Palestine
Libya
Sudan
Comoros
Yemen
Kuwait
South Sudan
Djibouti
Somalia

2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qualification Fixtures

The 14 teams will clash based on their ranking and the top-ranked team amongst them will face the bottom-placed team. Here is the schedule for the qualification matches-

Oman vs Somalia
Lebanon vs Djibouti
Jordan vs South Sudan
Bahrain vs Kuwait
Mauritania vs Yemen
Palestine vs Comoros
Libya vs Sudan

Groups

The 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams each. The winners and runner ups of each group will progress to the next stages.

  • Group A: Qatar, Iraq, Winner of Oman v. Somalia, Winner of Bahrain v. Kuwait
  • Group B: Tunisia, UAE, Syria, Winner of Mauritania v Yemen.
  • Group C: Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Winner of Jordan v South Sudan, Winner of Palestine v Comoros
  • Group D:  Algeria, Egypt, Winner of Lebanon v Djibouti,  Winner of Libya v Sudan

How to Buy FIFA Arab Cup 2022 Tickets

After successfully overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, Qatar is confident to host fans in the stadiums. There is no official confirmation about the FIFA Arab Cup 2022 ticket’s sale date or partners.

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