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New UAE football season begins from September 3

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on June 25, 2020

The Arabian Gulf Cup will begin on September 3 followed by the Arabian Gulf League, the UAE top flight, on September 9

The new football season in the UAE will get underway with the Arabian Gulf Cup on September 3 with the Arabian Gulf League beginning just less than a week later, the UAE Pro League confirmed on Thursday night.

The announcement follows a series of coordination meetings with all stakeholders.

The Pro League had held a meeting with the UAE Football Association (UAEFA), which was attended by representatives of the national teams committee and the competitions committee, on Sunday to discuss the new calendar and had pre-approved the proposal.

It was followed by a meeting with the 14 professional clubs on Tuesday, which was attended by club representatives, then a third meeting with the broadcast right holders.

Following confirmation, the Pro League has announced that the Arabian Gulf Cup will begin on September 3 followed by the Arabian Gulf League, the UAE top flight, on September 9. The Under-21 Arabian Gulf Cup will follow two days later.

"In setting the calendar, we were keen to have matches scheduled on weekends to ensure maximum levels of viewership and attendances," Pro League board member and head of Technical Committee Hassan Taleb Al Marri said in a statement on Thursday. 

The Pro League took into account the UAE National team's commitments while preparing the calendar.

"The calendar also took into consideration preparing players for national team duty by playing three matchweeks in the league ahead of the joint qualifiers in October 2020, and also scheduled two matchweeks in September prior to the AFC Champions League resumption to help our clubs prepare for the competition," Al Marri said.

"We are always striving to have a uniform schedule that serves the best interests of our national teams and clubs. We look forward to a successful season, be it technically or in terms of media, marketing and attendances, and with everyone's efforts, we can deliver that," he added.

The previous season of the AGL was abandoned last week following an emergency meeting between the UAEFA and the Pro League.

james@khaleejtimes.com


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