Badr Ahmed: Pro League is interested in developing all aspects of the competition
Hassan Al Tamimi: Al Dhafra shared suggestions for pre-match procedures
Salah Jalal: Discussing positive and negative outcomes of first five matchweek is a good sign
The UAE Pro League held on Wednesday, November 18th, a technical coordination meeting with the professional clubs via video conferencing. The meeting was chaired by UAE Pro League board member and head of technical committee Hassan Taleb Al Marri, and was attended by technical committee members, UAEPL CEO Waleed Al Hosani and representatives of professional clubs.
The meeting, which was organized by the Pro League, aimed to maintain an open line of communication with the clubs and use the international break to review the details of the first five matchweeks in the league, discuss all the details related to the organization and criteria for holding matches and the protocol for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which was circulated before the start of the season, in order to outline all the positive and negative outcomes. It also reviewed the technical, organizational and administrative outcomes of the Arabian Gulf League matches so far, including the actual playing time.
The head of technical committee opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and praising the effective role of the professional clubs, the Pro League's team and the UAE Football Association who contributed to the success of the competitions despite the current conditions affecting the whole world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He praised their keenness to ensure that all matches are held in positive and smooth conditions. Al Marri also emphasized the Pro League’s desire to continuously communicate with the clubs and receive their feedback and suggestions.
In turn, Head of the Competitions and Operations Department Taha Ezzat reviewed a report on the various competitions organized by the Pro League, the initiatives that have been implemented since the beginning of the season, and the advantages of on-ground application, in addition to development suggestions. The meeting also witnessed fruitful discussions with the clubs, where challenges and development proposals were shared in order to be tackled in a more focused manner in the upcoming period. Most of the suggestions focused on the mechanism for precautionary measures, as well as the technical development aspect and increasing the ball-in-play time during matches.
Clubs’ enthusiasm & feedback
On the other hand, some of the clubs’ representatives showed great enthusiasm during the discussions. In turn, Sharjah Football Company member Badr Ahmed thanked the UAE Pro League for its initiative to meet with clubs’ officials, who are considered partners for success and have high interest in showcasing the Pro League’s competitions in the best way. He said, “we thank the Pro League for its keenness to hear our opinions as participants in its competitions, most importantly the Arabian Gulf League, and for its constant eagerness to develop the competition’s organization.”
For his part, Al Dhafra Club representative Hassan Ibrahim Al Tamimi thanked the UAE Pro League for its constant efforts to develop the professional system, through many initiatives such as this workshop, which was held after five matchweeks only. He added, "Al Dhafra offered some suggestions related to the pre-match measures, which were also shared by many other clubs. We hope for the continuation of such meetings and that there would be a follow up to the outcomes of this workshop.”
Director of Al Nasr’s first team and U-21 team Salah Jalal applauded the discussions that took place during the workshop, stressing that it’s in the public interest to evaluate the previous matchweeks of the Arabian Gulf League, identify the positive outcomes and clarify the negative ones, so that the Arabian Gulf League remains an exemplary model, not only in the Arab world, but on the continental level, in terms of organization, commitment, and application of all regulations, and the latest precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all members of the community.