Libya has received an invitation from FIFA President Gianni Infantino to participate in the FIFA backed pan-Arab tournament to be hosted by Qatar in late 2021.

The tournament will be a preparatory event before the 2022 World Cup and will take place at the same stadiums developed for the 2022 World Cup, according to Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC); the local organizing wing of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Infantino described in a statement released by FIFA yesterday, the event to be special and unique, indicating that it will have a significant impact on competitive football matches at the highest levels in the region.

"The event will gather 22 teams from two continents that share the same cultures, values and passion, in addition to their great attachment to football," said FIFA president Infantino.

The tournament will take place in December 1-18, 2021 during the same timeslot as the FIFA World Cup 2022.

“FIFA, together with the host country Qatar, wishes to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase the best of Arab football, while ensuring the highest standards with regard to organizing events and hospitality." explains Infantino.