Doha, 28 June 2020 - Qatar will host a pan-Arab football tournament in November and December 2021 as a dry-run exactly a year before the 2022 World Cup, the country’s soccer association said on Thursday.
The 22-nation men’s invitational competition will be vital for Qatar to test key infrastructure ahead of 2022, opportunities for which have been limited by the coronavirus crisis.
Qatar’s delayed Education City stadium launched on June 15 not with a major test fixture but with a virtual inauguration and has yet to host a public match.
Of the eight grounds Qatar will use for 2022, only the new Al-Janoub stadium, inaugurated in May 2019, and the refurbished Al-Khalifa International venue have so far hosted major public fixtures.
The Qatar Airways International Cup, a mini tournament of four European planned as a warm-up for Euro 2020, had been scheduled for late March but also fell victim to COVID-19.