DOHA, June 25 (KUNA) — Qatar Football Association (QFA) and FIFA announced on Thursday plans to organize a pan-Arab tournament that will be played in the Gulf state in late 2021, with the competition acting as a crucial preparatory event for the FIFA World Cup 2022, that kicks off on 21 November 2022.
The competition proposal was presented to FIFA Council members via video conference by Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery And Legacy (SC) and Chairman of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22).
The FIFA Council subsequently approved the formation of the competition.
The 22-team invitational tournament for men’s national teams will be contested by Arab nations from Africa and Asia.
According to QFA and FIFA, the tournament will be played outside the International Match Calendar.
The tournament, which will be held in Qatar from 1-18 December 2021, will be delivered by Q22 and will allow the organizers to use facilities and run operations that are also planned for the subsequent FIFA World Cup 2022.
The tournament will take place during the same timeslot as the FIFA World Cup 2022, with the final taking place exactly one year before the Qatar 2022 final is scheduled to kick-off.