New football tournament coming to Qatar in 2021

It will be a trial run for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

New football tournament coming to Qatar in 2021

A new football tournament will be held in Qatar in 2021 in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) and FIFA have announced plans for a pan-Arab contest late next year.

The 22-team invitational tournament for men's national teams will include Arab nations from Africa and Asia and run from December 1 to 21.

It will give QFA the chance to effectively do a trial run for the following year's World Cup, with the final taking place exactly one year before the World Cup final.

All matches will be played at Qatar 2022 stadiums and the tournament will also use training facilities, transport and accommodation the same as the following year.

HE President of the QFA Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al Thani, said: "This is an exciting moment for Qatar and football fans across the region and around the world. This new pan-Arab tournament will see teams from across the region go head-to-head in state-of-the-art FIFA World Cup venues and allow teams and fans to experience Qatar as a tournament host country.

"This tournament marks an important footballing milestone for the country and the region, and everyone involved in delivering it will gain more essential experience ahead of the Qatar World Cup."

Full details of the tournament will be announced soon.

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