Posted on November 05, 2013

Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced at a press conference today, the launch of the Qatar Amateur League (QAL). QAL is a league for the community that will bring together 14 teams representing the social, corporate and government communities of Qatar. 

The press conference was attended by Ahmed Al Buainain, QFA Executive Committee Member, Hamad Saleh Al Mannai, Director of Competitions in QFA, Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications in QFA, and members of the media. The press conference discussed QAL’s short and long term objectives that the league aims to achieve.

The first action-packed league is set to kick-off on Monday, 11th November, 2013 and will run until the end of the football season. The league will take place in 8 different venues and these include Estad Al-Doha, Al Wakrah Stadium, Al Sailiya Stadium, Al Arabi Stadium, Qatar Sports Club, Al Khor Stadium, Al Gharrafa Stadium, and Al Sadd Stadium.

Commenting on the launch of QAL, Ahmed Al Buainain, QFA Executive Committee Member said: “We are happy to announce the launching of the ‘Qatar Amateur League’ that is set to kick off on 11th November, 2013 and run until the end of the football season. QAL aims to bring together a total of 14 teams representing the social, corporate and government communities of Qatar.”

He added: “QFA plays a pivotal role in laying the foundation for community football. Organising these leagues showcases QFA’s efforts in nurturing football culture in Qatar, particularly amongst the community.”

(Click here to read full speech of Mr. Al Buainain)

Hamad Saleh Al Mannai, Director of Competitions in QFA said: “There will be a committee supervising the league and ensuring that the regulations are implemented to the highest standards. The players will be registered in QFA’s system, the same way the players of the local clubs are registered when an official league is organised.”

Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications in QFA said: “Our plan is to market and promote this league in the best way possible. QAL allows all social, corporate and government communities of Qatar to integrate via organised football to expand the overall Qatar football pyramid. Organising this league not only showcases QFA’s goal to develop community football and assist all communities to have access to football.”

The 14 participating teams include Madinat Khalifa South, Copros Utd, QIAFL, GOA, Galia Masria, Kaharma, Al Waab, QIFF, Al Mataar, Al Thakira, Friends United, Al Quds, Makeen, and Military Command.

Click here to see the league schedule.

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