Sheikh Jassim Cup to kick off 2017-18 football season

DOHA: The Sheikh Jassim Cup one-off game will kick off the new
football season, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) has announced.

Al Sadd will battle Lekhwiya in the Sheikh Jassim Cup on September 9
to officially launch the new football season.

Coached by Jesualdo Ferreira, Al Sadd won the Emir Cup and the Qatar
Cup tournaments last season that ended in May.

Lekhwiya, coached by Djamel Belmadi, are the Qatar Stars League (QSL)

champions.

The new season will also include the U-23 League, a new event.

Other events listed in the QFA calendar include Asian Cup qualifiers
in the U-23, U-19 and U-16 brackets to be held in July, September and
November respectively.

Qatar national team will be seen in action much earlier for two 2018
FIFA World Cup matches on August 31 and September 5.

After the Sheikh Jassim Cup match, the regular football season will
start with teams battling for honours in the QSL starting September
15. The second part of the QSL season will kick off in January next
year.

Qatar Cup in April and the Emir Cup – to be held across five weeks –
will wind up the regular football season in May next year.

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