The Qatar Universities Football League will kick-off on Thursday 24 October 2013 with six teams set to compete on the football pitch outside Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s Recreation Centre.
The Vice President for Student Affairs at Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Dr Khalid Al Khanji, said:
This championship will provide students at HBKU and its partner universities with the opportunity to show off their football talents and skills, while playing at a competitive level that challenges them to perform superbly as a team. This fosters the spirit of competition, perseverance, and fair play among youth, which is necessary to achieve the top spot in the championship.’
The action-packed evening will commence at 7 pm with HBKU facing off against Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in the first football match of the tournament. The second game will pit Qatar University (Team 6) against Qatar Aeronautical College at 8 pm, before Qatar University (Team 1) compete against their rivals, Community College Qatar, at 9 pm.
Organised by Qatar Foundation, in collaboration with Qatar Football Association (QFA), the tournament will run until Saturday, 30 November. Seventeen teams from colleges and universities across Qatar will battle it out to win attractive cash prizes and medals.
The Marketing and Communications Director of QFA, Khalid Al Kuwari, said:
We are very excited to kick-off the long-awaited tournament and invite the public to attend the matches to support their favourite team. The Qatar Universities Football League is yet another demonstration of QFA’s commitment to ensure greater community participation in football and physical activity.’
This league plays a vital role in developing football amongst university students and accomplishes QFA’s objective to educate university students in Qatar about the benefit of adopting a healthy lifestyle through playing football.’
QFA will provide referees to supervise the matches under the Qatar University Football League rules, regulations, and guidelines. The scores for each university will be determined according to the total points gained by each team in all the football matches.
Hundreds of football enthusiasts from colleges and universities across Qatar will play in the tournament this year, including students from Qatar Foundation’s Academic Bridge Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service in Qatar, HBKU, Qatar University, Community College of Qatar, University of Calgary – Qatar, Qatar Aeronautical College, and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar.