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Local talents will exhibit skills in league of their own.

UAEFA-sanctioned Abu Dhabi Football League to kick off in January

Abu Dhabi The first official amateur football league in Abu Dhabi for men, women, corporate and juniors under 12 and 14 is set to kick off on January 10, 2011 at The Dome on Airport Road.

Sanctioned by the UAE Football Association and organised by Reem Investments and Mediapro Middle East, the ADFL is expected to become an ideal competition platform for local talents.

The amateur men and women divisions will compete for total prize money of Dh50,000 and the top teams will automatically qualify for the UAE Football League fin-als in May, also hosted in Abu Dhabi.

Great initiative

Bernhard Schumm, technical director representing the UAE Football Association and part of the organising committee of the ADFL said: "We are happy to get this project off the ground as we are constantly looking to expand the competition platforms for all talents in the UAE. The league is a great initiative which will go hand in hand with the development strategy of the FA. All players will be registered with the UAE FA to ensure that only amateur players will participate and secondly, we are encouraging the local clubs to send their teams to participate.

"The league will not be in competition with the UAE FA league schedules as most matches are played on different pitch sizes and during the week while the local leagues are usually hosted on weekends."

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Ready to play ball

Organisers of the ADFL (from left) Paul Fernandez of Reem Investments; Noora Al Mazroui, captain of the UAE team; Eric Gottschalk, CEO of Mediapro Middle East; Conny Shelby, Head Coach of the UAE women's team and Bernhard Schumm.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Dec 7, 2010
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