With the football season in Europe already in full flow, the local football community in Dubai are dusting off their own football boots, in preparation for the return of the Dubai Amateur Football League (DAFL).
As well as the five divisions of the 11-a-side league, which attract Dubai residents of all ages and abilities, the DAFL is also supporting more social and casual football activity, in a bid to encourage more people to get involved.
League chairman Dean O’Grady, who has been involved in the league since 2005, explains: “The Dubai Amateur Football League has a great reputation, for both organisation and the quality of football that is played. As the years have passed, the standard of the various divisions has gotten higher, and this has made it difficult for players that lack current fitness or a sufficient level of skill from playing.”
O’Grady continued: “For the last 12 months there has been a focus on trying to build a pyramid that will encourage new players to get involved and at the same time help players to build fitness and confidence so that if a player wants to play at amateur league level, then it is possible. We now have casual games and small-sided tournaments six evenings a week, which provide a fun environment for players of different ages abilities and gender. For the new season we are extending into coaching sessions as well, for those players that are serious about increasing their fitness and skill. The ultimate message is, that the Dubai Amateur Football League is for everyone, no matter your age, gender or footballing ability.”
The DAFL plays at various indoor and grass outdoor pitches throughout Dubai, six days a week. If you are interested to joining you can contact the Dubai Amateur Football League, either by email [email protected], phone, +971502889774 or visit www.dubaifootball.com.
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