The UAE Pro League will hold the 2021-2022 season draw ceremony for the Arabian Gulf League and Arabian Gulf Cup on Wednesday, June 30, at 8 pm at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR Hotel.
The UAEPL finalized its preparations for the highly anticipated ceremony, confirming that it seeks to hold an event that reflects the continuous development and success of the professional competitions at the technical and organizational levels.
The UAEPL adhered to all Covid-19 precautionary measures to guarantee everyone’s safety, including clubs, partners, and media representatives while ensuring the ceremony is presented smoothly and clearly.
The Arabian Gulf League draw will adopt, for the first time, the smart match scheduling system used by major international leagues. It marks one of many initiatives set to be launched by the UAEPL in the new season in line with its strategic development plan.
Meanwhile, the UAE Pro League approved the Arabian Gulf Cup draw mechanism. The competition will adopt a two-legged knockout system in the qualifying round, the quarter-final, and the semi-final for the second year in a row. The final, however, will be single-legged and will take place at a neutral venue. Arabian Gulf League reigning champions Al Jazira and Arabian Gulf Cup titleholders Shabab Al Ahli will receive a bye to the quarter-final.
All teams, except Al Jazira and Shabab Al Ahli, will be split into two bowls, according to their rankings in the 2020-21 season. The first bowl includes Bani Yas, Sharjah, Al Nasr, Al Ain, Al Wahda, and Ittihad Kalba, while Al Wasl, Khorfakkan, Al Dhafra, Ajman, Al Orooba, and Emirates Club will be placed in the second bowl.
The 2008-2009 season marked the inaugural season for the Arabian Gulf League and Arabian Gulf Cup competitions. The UAE Pro League holds an annual draw ceremony for both competitions and introduces various initiatives each year, including honoring the first line of defence in last season’s event.
As an expression of loyalty and appreciation to all those affiliated with Emirati football, the UAE Pro League invited a host of guests to the upcoming ceremony, including former Al Wahda player Ahmed Al Akberi, Seif Salem Saad, son of former player Salem Saad, and Omar Emad Othman, son of media figure Emad Othman.