Sheikh Jassim Cup to Kick Start on Saturday
The Sheikh Jassim Cup will bring together 18 local clubs that will compete this year to win the coveted title, which are divided into four groups before the top teams from all four groups reach the semi-final. The tournament will initially follow a round-robin format and then follow a knock-out format in the quarter finals stage.
Commenting on the tournament, Hamad Al Mannai, Director of Competitions in Qatar Football Association (QFA), said:
As the Sheikh Jassim Cup is the prelude of the football season in Qatar, we have completed all the preparations from an organisation perspective. We have allocated four stadiums this year and these will be Al Khor Stadium, Qatar Sports Club, Al Gharrafa Stadium, and Al Ahli Stadium. All matches will simultaneously start at 9:45 pm.’
Organised by QFA, the cup started in 1977, with Al Sadd being the first champion of the tournament. The tournament kick starts the new sports season in Qatar and is a prelude to Qatar Stars League. Most clubs use it as method of preparation for the league competition that will kick-start in mid September.
Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications of QFA, said:
We would like to wish every club participating in this tournament good luck and hope they succeed in the football season of this year.’
‘We have constructed a full-fledged plan that focuses on marketing and media efforts in cooperation with the different departments in QFA. An agreement has been made with Al Kass Channel who is the Host Broadcaster to broadcast live only one match in each stage of the tournament. We thank our partners for their continued support and we hope to constantly build on the existing strong relationship.’
Sheikh Jassim Cup Groups
The current champion of the tournament is Al Rayyan. Al Sadd hold the record for most titles won, by winning 12 times, followed by arch-rivals Al Arabi winning six times.
The winner of the title shall be granted the tournament trophy, golden medals and prize money. The runner-up shall be granted silver medals and prize money.