Qatar University Wins University League for Sixth Consecutive Time
Doha: For the sixth consecutive time, Qatar University (QU) won the University League 2018-19 title after beating Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) 6-1 in an exciting final match at Qatar Foundation’s (QF’s) Recreation Center Pitch 1 this weekend.
Additionally, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) beat Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) in the league’s third-place playoff which took place earlier in the night, with a final score of 6-3.
The four teams qualified to the semi-finals stage last week after securing first and second place in the group stage matches. In Group A, CMU-Q secured first place and QAC secured the second place after they obtained 10 and 9 points respectively. As for Group B, Qatar University and CNA-Q were level on points but Qatar University secured the first place through their goal difference.
The ceremony was attended by Hilal Al Mohannadi, Chairman of the Sub-Leagues Committee, QFA; Ibrahim Shaheen Al Sulaiti, Vice Chairman of the Sub-Leagues Committee, QFA, Yousef Al Suqairi, member of the Sub-Leagues Committee, QFA; and Fahad Al Darwish, Recreation Service Supervisor at Qatar Foundation.
An award ceremony was held to honor the first, second, and third place teams, along with the Qatar Football Association (QFA) referees. QU received a cash prize of QAR 20,000 and gold medals, while CMU-Q and CNA-Q received QAR 15,000 and QAR 10,000 respectively along with silver and bronze medals.
Hilal Al Mohannadi, Chairman of the Sub-Leagues Committee at QFA, commented: “I would like to congratulate Qatar University for winning the title of the 2018-19 University League for the sixth time in a row, as well as Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar for earning the second and third place team honors respectively. We look forward to launching the next edition of the University League with Qatar Foundation and hope to see more colleges and universities be part of the University League. The University League is an example of QFA’s commitment to nurturing a football culture among the youth, and providing a platform for the youth to be able to play organised football.”
He added: “I would like to thank our partners for the invaluable support they provide the league and for having an active role in helping to create a positive impact on community football.”
The sixth University League was kicked off on 24 October and brought together ten colleges and universities from across Qatar to compete in the competition. The universities were divided into two groups of five teams. Group A featured CMU-Q, Academic Bridge Program (ABP), Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and QAC. This year’s champions QU were in Group B along with Texas A&M University in Qatar (TAMU-Q), CNA-Q, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and Northwestern University at Qatar (NU-Q).
The University League is a joint collaboration between the QFA and QF which started in 2013 and supports both organizations’ desire to encourage young people to play more organised football and lead a more active lifestyle.
QU has won the most titles out of all the teams since the league’s launch in 2013, having won six consecutive titles.
The league is sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy as the official strategic partner, Nike as the official supplier, Al Kass Sports Channels as the official broadcaster and Qatar National Bank as the exclusive financial partner.