During a visit on Tuesday to the Lusail stadium, the venue which is expected to host the final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced that 22 Arab national teams will be engaged in the first edition of the Arab Cup in December 2021, including Morocco. This tournament is scheduled to take place from December 1 to 18, 2021.
Anxious to perform a rehearsal before the start of the final phase of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has finally decided to test its lawns and its enclosures by making them available to the Arab national teams. The information was confirmed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the inspection visit he made on Tuesday to the Lusail stadium (the stadium for the 2022 World Cup final). Thus, from December 1 to 18, 2021, twenty-two Arab national teams will take part in the Arab Cup, in brand-new stadiums, and will therefore have the opportunity to test the lawns and playing conditions. before all other selections. The Atlas Lions will be among the 22 contenders for the 2021 Arab Cup, according to information released by the FIFA website on Tuesday. Other competing teams will be Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco , Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. The FIFA press release states that “The 16 teams that will participate in the final phase will be divided into four groups, of which the first two will advance to the quarter-finals”, which implies a qualifying phase which will see 6 teams eliminated. FIFA also specifies that “A total of 32 matches will be played over 18 days”.