The Al Wakra sports club hosted the QSports Leagues 6-a-side indoor football championship final on Friday, July 29th, 2011 with United Development Company (UDC) being crowned champions of the first ever QSports 6-a-side Indoor Football League.
For the past few weeks, 18 corporate and individual teams have participated in the inaugural QSports Leagues indoor football leagues sponsored by Fitness First and supported by the Qatar Olympic Committee. On Friday, the top two teams from each league played each other in semi-finals, third place play off and the grand QSports final.
UDC and 80th Stars faced each other in the final having beaten Squadra and the Spartans in the semi-final matches.
The final was a close fought match with both teams showing great moments of skill. UDC scored first and began to control the game but 80th Stars struck back to level the score at 1-1 before half time. The second half was very cagey with both teams striking the goal posts and having close chances but not being able to find the elusive winning goal. At full time the teams were still tied and it went to a penalty shoot-out to decide the winners. UDC converted their spot-kicks and were crowned QSports Champions with the final score at 3-1.
Prizes and trophies were presented by Qatar Olympic Committee officials and league sponsors, Fitness First. Special prizes were awarded to Fabian of HDC for Best Sportsmanship, Omar Barhoumi for Best Young Talent, Yousef of UDC for Best Goalkeeper, and Samaan of 80th Stars for Top Goal Scorer.
QSports Leagues was officially launched on June 03, 2011 with the first game of its inaugural 6-a-side Indoor Football Leagues. QSports Leagues is a new and first of its kind platform for sports enthusiasts in Qatar. QSports allows both individuals as well as teams to sign up for any active sports leagues through its interactive online website www.qsportsleagues.com.
QSports Founder Mr Ghamin Al Mohannadi said ‘QSports Leagues is not only an excellent opportunity to play sports socially and get fit but it brings together teams and individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds’ I was delighted to see such a large crowd witness the first ever QSports final and there will be many more leagues in the future months.’
“We are delighted to be associated with the QSports initiative. It’s a great opportunity for people in Qatar to showcase their sporting talent and have fun at the same time”, says Dean Wantenaar, Senior Club General Manager of Fitness First, Qatar.”
In line with Qatar’s vision to become the leading sporting capital of the word, QSports is a new generation sports event management company, established in May 2011 and intends to mobilize the local Qatari and expat population to actively participate in sporting activities. With 1.29 million of Qatar’s local and expatriate population falling between the ages of 16 and 50, QSports has been established with the mission of creating the largest network of organized competitive and recreational sporting activities in Qatar. QSports goal is to provide a range of sporting activities in which people can have fun, get fit and make friends through sport.
The QSports concept was initiated by a young Qatari entrepreneur, Ghanim Al Mohannadi, who is supported by an all-volunteer team comprising of Adil Ahmed, Ben Panton, Kofi Attuah, Shahid Miah, Qasim Khalid, and Khalid Alwani. QSports is open to all age groups with special youth leagues for children and women only sports programs starting in September 2011. QSports is the first such initiative in the State of Qatar where even individuals without a team can sign up and QSports finds a team for such players. The leagues are managed by an advanced online sports management system where teams and individuals sign up by creating a FREE account, check schedules/league standings, and correspond with QSports league administrators.
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