Posted on October 16, 2017

The Qatar Football Association (QFA), in collaboration with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), conducted the draw for the fifth University League today in QF’s Recreation Center.

Eleven colleges and universities will participate in this year’s league. Universities were divided into two groups, with six teams in Group A and five teams in Group B. The universities will first play group stage matches followed by a semi-finals stage contested by the top two teams from each group. The tournament is set to take place on pitch 1 of QF’s Recreation Center from Thursday, October 19, to Thursday, November 30. 

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The league will consist of 29 matches held over seven weekends, allowing players to focus on study commitments.Games will be played on Thursdays and Saturdays, with the semi-finals and final played on two Thursdays, one week apart. Defending champions Qatar University (QU) are in group B with Northwestern University in Qatar, College of North Atlantic - Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and Qatar Aeronautical College while group A features Texas A&M University at Qatar,Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Academic Bridge Program, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.

The University League is an illustration of QFA and QF’s ongoing commitment to nurture a football culture in Qatar, specifically among young people. Qatar University has won four titles to date, making it the sole winner of the league since its inception. Qatar University will also participate this season in QFA’s Qatar Amateur League, a tournament which allows football teams from Qatar’s social, corporate, and government sectors to integrate via organized football.

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Established in 2013, the league is sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy as the official strategic partner, Ooredoo as the official telecommunication partner, Qatar National Bank as the exclusive financial partner, Nike as the official supplier, and Al Kass Sports Channels as the official broadcaster.