Dubai: The UAE Pro League marked the start of a rather unusual Arabian Gulf League season with the launch of a new website (www.UAEProleague.ae) and mobile application.
The first round of play-offs for the Arabian Gulf Cup were held last weekend and the opening matches for the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) will be played this weekend.
Al Wahda hosts Hatta and Al Dhafra tackles Ajman on Friday in the first matches of the AGL. Later that evening, Bani Yas will tackle Al Wasl in Dubai, while defending champion Sharjah will face Fujairah.
On Saturday, runner-up Shabab Al Ahli Dubai will travel to Kalba and Al Ain will host Khor Fakkan in the two early matches, while Al Nasr will host Al Jazira in the late night meeting at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.
Meanwhile, the UAE Pro League has decided to add two fresh prospects for fans to follow their teams for this season, as part of the new digital push to give fans a cohesive and engaging experience while staying up to date.
Through a simple design, the website and app include a variety of features that give users access to all updates related to the AGL and all other competitions organized by the UAE Pro League Committee.
It collects match information in full detail, including a goal alert and match notifications and a match center that gives fans the opportunity to follow game updates in real time.
The tools allow fans to register and access a personalized profile page, where they can select their favorite team, and get content that fits their specific interests. Fans also have the option to add all of their favorite team matches to their phone calendar.
The app is available for download on Android and iOS, in Arabic and English, and promotes interaction between fans via the social integration tool, making it easy to share on major social platforms.
UAE Pro League chief executive Waleed Al Hosani was pleased with the start of the new season in the Cup last weekend. ‘This is an opportunity in which we show our pride and loyalty to our wise leadership that has given us all the tools to combat the coronavirus pandemic. We thank our first line of defense for their sacrifices and efforts to ensure the health and safety of all, ”said Al Hosani.
“We also commend the competent authorities for the continuous and fruitful coordination to ensure the return of sporting activities. We commend the support of the UAE Football Association (UAE FA) and the role that professional clubs play in making this league a success. ”
Al Hosani expected a tough battle on the field, despite all competitions played behind closed doors and without spectators. “We are looking forward to an exciting season, taking into account that the safety of players and workers is a priority for us. “We call on everyone to comply with the requirements of the match protocol and request fans to support their clubs and players,” he said.
“Fans are an important part of the game, but current circumstances require games to be played behind closed doors to ensure their safety and limit the spread of coronavirus.”
Al Wahda v Hatta, 6.15pm
Al Dhafra v Ajman, 18.15
Al Wasl v Bani Yas, 9pm
Fujairah v Sharjah, 9pm
Kalba v Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, 18.15
Al Ain v Khor Fakkan, 18.15
Al Nasr v Al Jazira, 21:00
Source: Gulf News