QFC First Football Tournament OpeningThe QFC Authority kicked off its first 5-a-side football tournament on 23 April 2014 at Sherborne Qatar School near Education City with an opening ceremony and the first round of a continuing series of evening matches.

With senior representatives from the QFC and QFC-licensed firms present and more than 270 players in 20 teams on the final schedule, the tournament is the first opportunity of its kind for QFC-licensed firms and QFC entities to further network outside normal business.

A team from the QFC Authority, another from the QFC Regulatory Authority and 18 more teams formed from employees of QFC-licensed firms will compete. For 10 weeks, teams will play every Wednesday evening at the Sherborne Qatar School facilities, culminating with the semi-finals and finals in June.

Deputy CEO of the QFC Authority, Yousef Mohammed Al Jaida, said:

We are very excited to have devised and launched this tournament. Sport is a significant part of the Qatar National Vision 2030. Held in the spirit of National Sport Day, the QFC Authority Football Tournament is the first opportunity of its kind for QFC-licensed firms to network outside normal business. It expands the QFC’s world-class environment beyond the four walls of the office to encompass the more informal side of working together.’

The competing teams are Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Al Tamimi & Company International, American Life Insurance Company (MetLife Alico), Bank Audi, BLOM Bank Qatar, Citibank N.A., GlobeMed Qatar, ICBC, International Financial Services, Marsh Brokers Ltd, Pinsent Masons, PricewaterhouseCoopers – Qatar, Qatar First Bank, Qatar Holding, QFC Authority, QFC Regulatory Authority, QINVEST, Q-RE, Reed Personnel Services Qatar and SEIB Insurance and Reinsurance Company.

Registration for the 2014 QFC 5-a-side Football Tournament opened in March.  Following an unexpected and positive response, the tournament was expanded from ten to twenty teams. Legacy Sports Events and DUPLAYS Doha collaborated with the QFC Authority to organise the event.

For more information, visit Duplays Doha’s website.