The FIFA Arab Cup takes place one year ahead of the upcoming World Cup 2022
Starting Tuesday, matches between 16 of the Arab world’s best soccer teams will be underway at the FIFA Arab Cup, held in six stadiums across Qatar.
The tournament is replacing the FIFA Confederations Cup match which normally takes place in the region, and starts one year ahead of the upcoming World Cup 2022.
Notably, World Cup 2022, which will also be held in Qatar, will mark the first time that the international competition will be hosted in the Middle East.
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FIFA’s press release on the upcoming World Cup said that the “tournament will be like no other, offering fans the opportunity to discover the culture of the host country, and the chance to attend more than one match per day during the group stage.”
Additionally, matches at the FIFA Arab Cup will take place at several facilities which will also be used for the World Cup, “thereby providing... the perfect opportunity to test facilities and operations one year before world football’s flagship event takes place in the Middle East,” FIFA’s website explained.
The FIFA Arab Cup will see 16 teams compete in three group matches, where the top two teams from each of the groups head to the quarterfinals, according to Al Jazeera.