The UAE Pro League approved the calendar for the first half of the Arabian Gulf League season, which includes 13 matchweeks and takes place from August 19 to January 7.
UAEPL Board Member and Chairman of the Technical Committee Hassan Taleb Al Marri confirmed that the UAEPL sought to hold the highest possible number of matches at weekends while putting the international breaks into consideration. The UAEPL also seeks to support the UAE national team in the final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and Al Wahda and Sharjah in the AFC Champions League and will show flexibility in support of the UAE representatives on the continental stage.
Al Marri added that the UAEPL was keen to finalize the fixtures schedule and share it with the clubs around a month ahead of the Arabian Gulf League kick-off. As per the UAEPL’s partnership with the clubs, it was keen to provide the clubs with a chance to appropriately prepare for the season to ensure the competition adheres to the best technical, marketing, and promotional practices.
According to the approved calendar, the opening matchweek will be held on August 19 and 20. Emirates Club face Shabab Al Ahli, Al Orooba play against Al Wahda, and Ajman face Al Nasr on August 19, while Khorfakkan face Al Ain, Al Jazira face Al Dhafra, Bani Yas play with Al Wasl and Sharjah clash with Ittihad Kalba on August 20.
Matchweek 2 will be held on August 25 and 26, with Ittihad Kalba facing Al Jazira, Shabab Al Ahli playing with Ajman, Al Wasl facing Khorfakkan, and Al Ain playing against Emirates Club on the first day. The second day will see Al Nasr face Al Orooba, Al Dhafra face Sharjah, and Al Wahda play against Bani Yas.
Matchweek 3 will see Emirates Club face Al Dhafra, Khorfakkan play with Al Wahda, Sharjah face Al Wasl on September 10. It resumes on September 11 as Bani Yas face Al Ain, Al Orooba face Shabab Al Ahli, Ittihad Kalba play against Ajman, and Al Jazira face Al Nasr.
Matchweek 4 will be played on September 16, 17, and 18, with Al Dhafra and Bani Yas, and Al Nasr and Khorfakkan playing on the opening day. Ajman face Al Orooba, Al Jazira play against Emirates Club, Al Ain face Ittihad Kalba on September 17, while the final day will see Al Wasl face Al Wahda and Shabab Al Ahli play against Sharjah.
Matchweek 5 will see Al Orooba play against Al Ain, Ittihad Kalba face Al Wasl, and Al Wahda play against Shabab Al Ahli on September 23. The next day will witness matches between Bani Yas and Ajman, Khorfakkan and Al Dhafra, Emirates Club and Al Nasr, and Sharjah and Al Jazira.
It will be followed by matchweek 6 on September 28 and 29, with Al Dhafra facing Ittihad Kalba, Al Jazira playing with Al Orooba, and Al Wasl facing Shabab Al Ahli on the first day. The second day will see Ajman face Sharjah, Al Nasr face Bani Yas, Khorfakkan play against Emirates Club, and Al Ain face Al Wahda.
Matchweek 7 will be played on October 21 and 22, and whoever qualifies from Al Wahda and Sharjah in the AFC Champions League will see their match postponed to October 23. Bani Yas face Khorfakkan, Ittihad Kalba face Al Orooba, and Al Wasl play against Al Ain on October 21. Ajman face Al Dhafra, Shabab Al Ahli face Al Jazira, Al Wahda play against Emirates Club, and Sharjah face Al Nasr on October 22.
Matchweek 8 will see Al Nasr face Ittihad Kalba, Emirates Club face Al Wasl, and Al Jazira play against Bani Yas on October 28. They will be followed by Al Dhafra vs Al Wahda, Al Orooba vs Sharjah, Khorfakkan vs Ajman, and Shabab Al Ahli vs Al Ain matches on October 29.
Matchweek 9 will see Ittihad Kalba face Shabab Al Ahli, Al Ain play against Al Dhafra, Ajman face Al Jazira, and Al Wasl face Al Nasr on November 2. The following day will witness matches between Al Orooba and Khorfakkan, Bani Yas and Emirates Club, and Sharjah and Al Wahda.
Matchweek 10 will be played on November 20 and 21, with Bani Yas facing Al Orooba, Khorfakkan facing Sharjah, Emirates Club playing against Ittihad Kalba, and Al Jazira playing with Al Ain on the first day. The next day will see matches between Al Wahda and Ajman, Al Dhafra and Al Wasl, and Al Nasr and Shabab Al Ahli.
Matchweek 11 will see Ajman face Al Wasl, Al Jazira face Khorfakkan, Al Orooba play against Emirates Club, and Al Ain face Al Nasr on December 25. Ittihad Kalba face Al Wahda, Shabab Al Ahli play with Al Dhafra, and Sharjah play against Bani Yas on December 26.
Matchweek 12 will take place on December 30 and 31, as Al Wasl face Al Orooba, Al Dhafra face Al Nasr, Bani Yas play against Shabab Al Ahli on the first day. The last day of the year will see Al Ain face Ajman, Khorfakkan face Ittihad Kalba, Emirates Club play with Sharjah, and Al Wahda play against Al Jazira.
Matchweek 13 will be played on January 6 and 7, as Al Orooba face Al Dhafra, Shabab Al Ahli face Khorfakkan, and Al Jazira play against Al Wasl on the first day. The second day will see Al Nasr face Al Wahda, Ittihad Kalba face Bani Yas, Ajman play against Emirates Club, and Sharjah play with Al Ain.
Arabian Gulf League U21 calendar
The UAEPL also announced the calendar for the first half of the Arabian Gulf League U21 season, which will be held from August 20 to January 8. It will follow the same schedule as the Arabian Gulf League but will be played 24 hours after the first team matches.
To view the Arabian Gulf League schedule, click here
To view the Arabian Gulf League U21 schedule, click here