Mon 03-08-2020 19:50 PM
ABU DHABI, 3rd August, 2020 (WAM) -- The UAE Pro League has announced fixture dates and kick-off times for the 2020-21 Arabian Gulf League, Arabian Gulf Cup and Arabian Gulf League U21.
The announcement follows a coordination meeting with the TV broadcast rights holders; Abu Dhabi Sports, Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports channels, held last week over teleconference.
The meeting discussed the proposed dates and kick-off times for fixtures in light of the new season draw conducted on 18th July and was chaired by Hassan Taleb Al Marri, UAEPL Board Member and Head of Technical Committee, and attended by Waleed Al Hosani, UAEPL CEO, in addition to staff from the relevant departments and broadcasters representatives.
The 2020-21 season gets underway with the first leg of the Arabian Gulf Cup play-offs taking place on September 3rd and 4th, while the return leg is scheduled for October 1st and 2nd.
The opening round of matches starts with three fixtures on day one; Ittihad Kalba host Al Jazira at 19:00 and Shabab Al Ahli welcome Al Dhafra at the same time. September 3rd fixtures conclude with Fujairah playing Ajman at 21:30.
The Arabian Gulf Cup action continues on 4th September with two 19:00 kick-offs; Hatta vs Bani Yas and Al Ain vs Khorfakkan, while the round concludes at 21:00 with Al Wahda hosting Al Wasl.
Based on the newly introduced cup format, league champions Sharjah and cup title holders Al Nasr received a bye to the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, the Arabian Gulf League kicks-off on September 9th, with matchday one played over three days. On the 9th, Ittihad Kalba get the competition underway at home against Shabab Al Ahli at 18:45, while Hatta travel to Abu Dhabi to face Al Wahda at 21:30 on the same evening.
Matchday One continues on Thursday, September 10th with Fujairah hosting Sharjah at 18:45 and Al Ain playing Khorfakkan at 21:30.
The action concludes on the 11th with three games; Ajman host Al Dhafra at 18:45 and Al Wasl welcome Bani Yas at the same time while the Matchday One fixtures conclude with Al Nasr facing Al Jazira at 21:30.
The first half of the Arabian Gulf League is scheduled for completion with Matchday 13 taking place on January 1st and 2nd, 2021.