Qatar will host the upcoming FIFA World Cup. The tournament brings a lot of excitement among the locals. Another effect tournaments like FIFA have on a region is that a lot of focus shifts to that game. Qatar witnessed something similar and revealed how its Qatar Community Football League, also known as QCFL, helped develop football from its grassroots.
The league was started in 2016 and saw the formation of 24 teams with less than 400 players. Its success can be perfectly measured by the fact that there are now close to 90 teams and more than 2,000 players of 78 nationalities participating in the league.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy established the Qatar Community Football League in collaboration with Evolution Sports Qatar. The league runs every year from September to May with three divisions: Mens’, Boys’, and Girls’. The minimum age requirement is 7 years to play in the league.
It has become a vibrant symbol of Qatar, where amateur players are developed. They come together not just to play but also to meet new people, make new friends, and learn about new cultures. Anybody can play in the league.
As per the latest sports news, Omar Saad, the Manager of the Qatar Community Football League, said that the league had developed significantly, especially regarding the number of players and teams. Omar Saad added that the community league allows everyone to join and play.
Another positive impact the league has had on Qatar is the development of academics and the establishment of new teams. Several players have either entered the professional clubs for Qatar or somewhere abroad. Omar Saad described it as an honor to assist players in a difficult game.
Players in the league can access pitches prepared professionally by the management. For instance, a large number of matches in the league are held on the training pitches that are located next to Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
The stadium happens to be one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup. Tickets and accommodations for the tournament can be booked in Qatar. Anyone looking to participate virtually in the tournament can explore football betting sites to take the excitement to the next level.
Omar Saad appreciated these pitches, saying they were incredible and similar to stadiums hosting World Cup matches. Players in the league feel unreal and excited to play on such pitches, like a professional.
Khaled Al Suwaidi, the Stakeholder Relations Director for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said that the committee was adamant when establishing the league and wanted to involve as many communities as possible. The objective was to encourage everyone to participate in a healthy lifestyle and allow them to play at the facilities at par with FIFA World Cup.
Having said that, Omar Saad believes that the league’s future is healthy and plans to continue developing the league along with its partners.