UFL releases Pro-League fixtures

DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates Football League has released the fixtures for the second-half of the current Etisalat Pro-League season, which will run through until June 2011.

The match fixtures were drawn by the Technical Committee in consultation with the UAE FA and were approved at a UFL Board Members meeting held on Tuesday under the direction of Dr Tariq Al Tayer, chairman of the UFL.

This meeting followed an earlier meeting between the UFL and the Host Broadcasters, Abu Dhabi Sports and Dubai Sports Channels, to ensure that as key partners of the League they also endorse the schedule. It was decided at the meeting that the second half of the Etisalat Pro-League season will commence on February 3, 2011.

The League will then be forced to take a break between February 20 and March 23 due to the participation of the UAE Olympic Team and UFL clubs in major events.

While the UAE Olympic Team takes on Sri Lanka Olympic Team for 2012 Olympic qualifications, the GCC League and the Asian Champions League will have six UAE teams participating in both competitions.

Apart from, the quarterfinals and semifinals fixtures of the President’s Cup will also be held during that period.

It was also decided that the Al Wahda versus Al Ahli match that was postponed from Week 9 due to the FIFA Club World Cup would now take place on February 14.

The Al Ain versus Al Nasr match in Week 13 has been shifted to take place on February 14 due to the participation of Al Ain Club in the Asian Champions League (ACL) qualifications on February 19.

If Al Ain does not qualify for the ACL then the current UFL match fixtures are subject to change, as Al Ain Club will instead participate in the AFC Cup, which will affect Match Day 16 and Match Day 17, it was decided.

Changes may also occur in Week 14 of the Etisalat Pro-League depending on which clubs have qualified for the semifinals of the President’s Cup in order to ensure they have adequate rest days in between the two competitions.

The last three weeks of the Etisalat Pro-League will kick off simultaneously on the same day in the interest of maintaining sporting fairness, UFL said in a statement.

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