Monday, April 26, 2021
The Supreme Delivery and Heritage Committee, which is responsible for organizing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is stepping up serious and intensive preparations with the start of the countdown to the Arab Cup draw for teams to be held in the Qatari capital Doha from the first to the 18th. next December.
The draw ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the Opera in the Cultural District (Qatar), to see the journey of 23 Arab teams in this extraordinary edition, which is being held in difficult circumstances due to the spread of the Corona virus, which caused the suspension of sports activities around the world.
Attendance during the draw will be limited to a limited number of officials, in line with precautions to limit the spread of the Corona epidemic.
The arrival of the heads of missions and representatives of the delegations participating in the lottery has already begun, and everyone who arrives at the headquarters of the International Football Association (FIFA) in Doha enters the health bubble, after they made a coronal swab and the appearance of its negative result.
According to the strict instructions of FIFA and the Supreme Committee for everyone to be safe, no one is allowed to enter or exit the balloon.
The hotel residence of the delegation witnessed a very big movement and turning into an apiary by the organizers for conducting swabs and receiving guests, and there are representatives of various media who entered the balloon in the hotel to follow this great event that enjoys unusual and different interest from previous versions of the tournament, since it is FIFA. The first official body for football in the world is the organizer of the Arab Cup, in partnership with the State of Qatar, the Qatar Football Association and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Heritage.
The tournament also received great Arab and international attention, because it is the first time that all Arab countries participate without exception (23 teams), and it is also a good and recognizable dress rehearsal for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
The match schedule and tournament system are expected to be revealed, which are expected to spare the top ten teams according to FIFA’s world rankings released on April 7, to play preliminary rounds to qualify directly for the group stage, while the remaining 13 teams will play in the preliminary round, and 6 teams will qualify for the group stage, for a total of 16 teams
In the group stage, there will be four groups of four teams, with the first and second place from each group advancing to the knockout round.
12 teams from Asia will participate in the Arab Cup competitions, namely: Qatar, Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, in addition to 11 teams from Africa, which are: Egypt and Morocco. , Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritania and South Sudan.
The Tunisian national team is at the top of the classification of Arab teams participating in the tournament, followed by Algerian, Moroccan and Egyptian teams, while Qatar is fifth in the Arab classification and is the leader of Asian Arab teams, followed by the Saudi team.
It is significant that there are ten teams, according to the current FIFA classification, which will be directly placed in the group phase of the Arab Cup in 2021: Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the Emirates, Syria and Oman.