QAC, QU to Compete for University League Title
DOHA: Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) and Qatar University (QU) have qualified to play in the final match of the University League after winning the semi-final matches against Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) and College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) respectively.
University League is a collaboration between Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) bringing together 12 universities and colleges from across Qatar to take part in the four-month soccer tournament.
Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) and Qatar University (QU) are set to compete for the title on Thursday 12 February 2015 in Qatar Foundation, Pitch 3 at 7pm. The third place decider will take place ahead of the final match at 6pm, where Northwestern University Qatar (NU-Q) will take on College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q).
A gala dinner will be held at Qatar Foundation’s Recreation Centre in Education City following the awards ceremony that will honour the winning teams and best players. The special awards are: Best player, Best goalkeeper, Top scorer, and Fair Play Team.
The Champion of this year’s league will receive a cash prize of 40,000 Qatari Riyals, while the second and third place teams will receive 30,000 Qatari Riyals and 20,000 Qatari Riyals, respectively.
Mansoor Al Ansari, Secretary General at Qatar Football Association, (QFA) said: “We are very excited to watch QAC and QU compete next weekendat the University League final and are eager to crown the champions during the closing ceremony. QFA would like to congratulate the teams who made it to the final stages of the tournament and thank all the teams that participated in this year’s league. Organising this tournament with QF showcases both organisations’ commitment in nurturing the football culture in Qatar, especially amongst the youth.”
Mohammed Al-Naimi, Director of Community Affairs at Qatar Foundation, said: “Qatar Foundation has a dedicated mission to unlock human potential, committed to providing the resources and tools to the community to demonstrate their skills, talent and sporting endeavors in line with QF’s goal to promote healthy and active living. The University League has been a great showcase for students to display their talents and, in doing so, foster community spirit participating in a great sporting tournament.”
This year’s competition featured two groups: Group A and Group B, each with six teams. Group A of the league includes Qatar Aeronautical College, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and College of the North Atlantic Qatar. Group B includes Northwestern University in Qatar, Qatar University, Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service in Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar, the Academic Bridge Programme and the University of Calgary Qatar.
Last year’s competition saw Qatar University win the trophy, while the University of Calgary and Qatar Aeronautical College came second and third, respectively.