The Emir Cup draw will be held on 8 April 2014, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced.

The Emir Cup is Qatar’s most popular football tournament played across a few weeks. The 42nd edition of the Emir Cup is set to start on 21 April 2014. The final of the 2014 Emir Cup will be played on 17 May 2014. Four venues will be used for the 27-day event, QFA said.

Being the country’s most popular sports event, Emir Cup has the flavour of a football festival, with the event trophy making rounds of the city’s major landmarks, schools, offices and various organisations. Sponsors also get into the thick of things, splashing out huge sums of money as they offer fans chances of winning cash prizes besides giving the paying public an opportunity to take home souvenirs and memorabilia.

The Emir Cup rounds:

The first round starts on 21 April 2014

The second round starts on 28 April 2014

The third round starts on 31 April 2014

The fourth round starts on 5 May 2014

The fifth round starts on 11 May 2014

The final round starts on 17 May 2014

The Emir Cup venues:

Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium (Qatar Sports Club)

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium (Lekhwiya)

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium (Al Sadd)

Khalifa International Stadium