The fourth edition of the Mubadala Community Football League has garnered a strong turnout with 82 teams competing in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra. The competition kicked off in Abu Dhabi on 6 Oct with 52 teams battling for the title, while Al Alin and Al Dhafra will start later this month to continue until April 2020.
The league, organized in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, is part of Mubadala’s community initiatives aimed at inspiring and empowering young people in our communities to come together and play football while living healthier lives.
In Abu Dhabi, the 52 teams are divided into four groups of 13 teams each. Al Ain’s 20 teams will compete in two groups, while 10 teams will battle it out in Al Dhafra in one group. The final matches will take place at the National Stadium of Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.
The four finalists of the Abu Dhabi League, and the two finalists of both Al Ain and Al Dhafra, will come face to face in Al Ain competing for the Mubadala Community Cup.
In parallel, the second season of the Mubadala Youth Under 18 Championship has just kicked off, to run until 7 December 2019 with the participation of 95 teams and more than 1,100 players, to resume the second half of the season in January until March next year.
Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate and Human Capital Officer, Mubadala Investment Company, said: “We are thrilled by the outstanding success of Mubadala’s community initiatives, and the unprecedented turnout for the 4th edition of Mubadala Community Football League. These initiatives are aimed at creating a positive impact on the community by enabling our young people to practice football and lead a healthy lifestyle.”
H.E Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council “ADSC”, said: “The Mubadala Community Football League stands out as an important initiative we are keen to support along with our partners at Mubadala. The number of participating teams and interactions in the fourth edition is a strong evidence of the popularity of the tournament and its positive impact on the youth.”
“Encouraging all members of the society to lead an active and healthy lifestyle is at the core of our mission, and initiatives like Mubadala Community Football League have been playing a great role in this. We are very keen to work together with Mubadla to further embed these values in this fourth edition,” he added