ABU DHABI, 9th September, 2018 (WAM) — Entering its third edition, the Mubadala Community Football League, in partnership with Mubadala Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, once again gives football fans the chance to take the field and brings them closer to the game they love. Registration is now open for the 2018/2019 Mubadala Community Football League, where the first kick-off will take place in October 2018 and the season will continue until April 2019.
Aimed at fostering community engagement and encouraging youth to participate in sports and embrace healthy lifestyles, the 2018/2019 season sees the expansion of the Mubadala Community Football League to three different locations; Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra, with each having its own competition and crowning a team of champions. Thirty new teams have been added to the competition, where twenty of them will play their matches in Al Ain, and ten will battle it out in Al Dhafra.
For Abu Dhabi, 28 teams from the previous edition will be promoted to the four groups of the Abu Dhabi tournament. Prior to this step, 120 new teams will compete to qualify and be distributed evenly among the four groups. Moving forward, the league will continue through until the top 4 teams of each group make it to the knockout stages. Al Ain’s league will have 2 groups, in which the leading 4 teams of each group will compete in the knockout stages to announce the winner. Al Dhafra will have 1 group and the winner will be determined by points at the conclusion of the round-robin phase. The final matches for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will take place at the National Stadium of Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi and the winners of all three locations will be awarded on the day.
Speaking about the Mubadala Community Football League, Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer at Mubadala Investment Company, said, “We are proud of the continuous successes the league has achieved in inspiring and empowering the young people in our communities to come together and develop their interest and participation in football, while living healthier lives. This positive impact has extended well beyond the playing field and we are now excited to offer more opportunities to youth to get involved in the sport and have fun, while being active today and in years to come.”
Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said, “We are delighted to partner with Mubadala in this exciting venture for the third season. This is a very important community football league and held annually within our partnership agreement with Mubadala. Our objectives are to have a dynamic and healthy community through various games and community events, and this football league is popular and well patronized by everyone involved. We at Abu Dhabi Sports Council will do our utmost to support this league which will contribute very strongly to developing friendly ties amongst all competing teams and players.”