QFA Joins Hands with the Football Association of the Czech Republic to Develop Football
The Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR) signed a cooperation agreement today, Thursday 9th November in Al Bidda Tower, Doha, Qatar.
Prior to the signing ceremony, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of the QFA received Roman Berbr, Second Vice President of the FACR, Rudolf Řepka, FACR General Secretary, and FACR delegation in his office to discuss matters of mutual interest while stressing on the importance of building on the relationship between the two associations and developing it further in the future for the mutual benefit of both parties.
FACR is visiting the Qatari capital Doha to attend various activities, which will culminate with the friendly match between the Czech Republic national team and Qatar national team on Saturday November 11 at 7:30pm in Al Duhail Stadium.
The QFA has signed the agreement today with the FACR as part of its ongoing strategy to develop football in Qatar and enhance its relationship with its various Asian and European counterparts.
Following the meeting, the QFA Vice President Saoud Al Mohannadi and Roman Berbr, Second Vice President of the FACR inked the agreement in the presence of the QFA General Secretary Mansoor Al Ansari, Executive Director of the QFA President office Ali Dawood, QFA Director of Operations of National Teams Department Ahmed Abbassi, FACR General Secretary Rudolf Řepka, FACR Chairman of the League Football Association (LFA) Dušan Svoboda and General Director of STES (FACR’s marketing partner) Martin Malík.
The upcoming period will witness the establishment of a joint working group which will study the legal frameworks in detail in order to activate the agreement. A plan of action will also be prepared, which will include a report on the most important achievements, schedule of activities and events that will bring together the two associations in the coming period. The agreement is also set to establish a framework to strengthen cooperation between both associations and to enhance football growth and development in the two countries.
The signing of the cooperation agreement demonstrates both associations’ objectives to cooperate and support the development of football in both countries by organising training sessions and camps, friendly matches, development workshops for technical staff, and exchanging knowledge and expertise for the mutual benefit of both parties.
The agreement will also contribute to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, and focus on matters of mutual interest which will aim to enhance the development of football in Qatar and the Czech Republic.
QFA General Secretary Mansoor Al Ansari, and FACR General Secretary Rudolf Řepka attended a joint press conference following the signing ceremony to give further details regarding the nature of the agreement.
General Secretary of the QFA, Mansoor Al Ansari of QFA commented: “I would like to welcome everyone here today. There is a large scope of work we can cooperate in through this cooperation agreement. We have a lot of state of the art facilities in Qatar, this includes Aspire Zone Foundation, Aspire Academy and Aspetar which can be used by the FACR in the future. We have an interesting referees program as we have a very strong presence in Asia and the average age of our professional referees is mid-twenties. We will look at other opportunities to benefit from the FACR as they have a great football history and made many achievements in the football sector. There will also be a dedicated taskforce that will oversee how the terms of the MoU can be activated in the future for the benefit of both associations.”
He added: “There is a considerable benefit through signing such agreements and we are currently looking at the possibility of an agreement with the Football Association of Iceland with similar goals and objectives.”
General Secretary of the FACR, Rudolf Řepka of FACR commented: “Firstly, we as the Football Association of Czech Republic, we would like to really thank QFA for their great hospitality and for their invitation for the November friendly games. They are friendly matches, but they are very competitive and we are very glad that we played a great game against Iceland, the team that qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Russia, and we look forward to playing Qatar on Saturday. We would like to cooperate more closely with the QFA for the mutual benefit of both associations.
In the MoU, we will be starting our cooperation by focusing on the senior national teams as it is competitive and seeing that Qatar as the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We will also exchange knowledge regarding coaching education, youth national teams. We will be planning visits between the two associations where QFA can come to Czech Republic and we can come to Qatar. We will also cooperate in other areas such as grassroots, women football, and referees.”
He added: “We visited the Aspire Academy and Aspetar and were amazed with what we saw, the facilities were of top class and I’m proud of what Qatar has achieved up to now. The facilities in Qatar are unique not just to the Arab world but to the rest of the world also.”
Commenting on the friendly match played against Iceland on Wednesday 8 November, the FACR General Secretary said: “As a spectator attending a match in Qatar in November, the weather was nice in the stadium and the players were also happy with it. The stadium and pitch quality were in excellent condition and we were happy we won the friendly match against Iceland.”
He added: “I wish Qatar further progress in football at all levels and I am certain that Qatar will organize a superb edition of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and exceed all expectations.”
The agreement which focuses on various areas in football will furthermore strengthen the Qatari-Czech relations and will support the future of the relationship between the two countries.
QFA recently signed a series of cooperation agreements in mid-October, which focus on areas of cooperation with counterparts from the Asia region, those were with the Oman Football Association (OFA), Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF), Korea Football Association (KFA), Japan Football Association (JFA), Iraq Football Association (IFA), Football Association of Maldives (FAM) and Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL)
In recent years, QFA has also signed several agreements with its Yemeni, Palestinian, German, Italian, Pakistani, and Kyrgyz counterparts, which demonstrates Qatar’s openness and ongoing cooperation with all nations aiming at strengthening its’ relations with various federations across all continents.