With the new football season underway, the Mubadala Community Football League returns again with registration still open for 2018-19.
Entering its third edition, the event 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.
Aimed at fostering community engagement and encouraging youth to participate in sports and embrace healthy lifestyles, the new season sees the expansion of the Mubadala Community Football League to three different locations; Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra. Each will have its own competition and crowning of a team of champions. There will be 30 teams where 20 of them will play their matches in Al Ain while 10 will battle it out in Al Dhafra.
For Abu Dhabi, 28 teams from the previous edition will be promoted to the the four groups of the Abu Dhabi tournament. Prior to this step, 120 new teams will compete to qualify.
The league will continue until the top four teams of each group make it to the knockout stages. Al Ain’s league will have two groups, in which the leading four teams of each group will compete in the knockout stages to announce the winner. Al Dhafra will have one group and the winner.
Those who reach the final matches in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain can look forward to playing at the National Stadium in Zayed Sports City with the winners of all three locations awarded on the day.
Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate and 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, added: “We are delighted to partner 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.”
What: Mubadala Community Football League
Where: Various locations
When: From October
Contact: For more information to register, visit www.mubadala.com/mcfl
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