22 national teams from the Middle East and Arab regions have signed up to participate in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirmed the number of participants during a visit to Lusail Stadium, where the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final is scheduled to be played.
Infantino said that the tournament, which will take place in December 2021 will unite football fans across the Arab region.
“We are delighted that all 22 teams from across the Arab world have agreed to take part in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, which will be held in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums, and we are looking forward to seeing the region’s best teams battle it out to see which nation will become champion,” he said.
“Through football, this tournament will unite over 450 million people from across the region, and we are confident that 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.”
Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen will participate in the tournament.
“Fans from across the region will be treated to the same world-class experience that awaits fans from around the world when they flock to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup in 2022,” Qatar Football Association President, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Thani said.
“We welcome our friends from the Middle East and the Arab world to join us in what will be an important milestone and a final test of our preparations, only one year away from us hosting the first FIFA World Cup in the region.”
The tournament is also being used as an opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. The final of the FIFA Arab Cup will be played on December 18, exactly one year before the FIFA World Cup Final in 2022.