QSL announces dates of first phase of new season
The Qatar Stars League (QSL) has announced the dates of the first phase of the 2018-19 QNB Stars League.
The first phase of the QNB Stars League will kick off on August 4 and ends in November this year.
The QNB Stars League is starting ahead of schedule this year due to Qatar national team's busy international calendar. Qatar national team will feature in the 2019 Asian Cup to be held in the UAE from 5 January – 1 February.
Also, top QNB Stars League teams Al Duhail and Al Sadd are featuring in the quarterfinals stages of the 2018 AFC Champions League.
The AFC Champions League matches involving Al Duhail and Al Sadd matches will be played on August 27 and 28, September 18 and 19. If Al Duhail and Al Sadd advance in the AFC Champions League, their QNB Stars League matches will be rescheduled for dates that are suitable to the two sides.
The QSL met with all stakeholders - team managements, officials of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), representatives of the AFC Champions League, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Stadium Security Department and the QFA's Referees Committee - before finalizing the dates of the new football season.
The QSL also confirmed Al Sadd Stadium (Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium) and the Khalifa International Stadium will host the first four rounds of the QNB Stars League. This has been done to host the matches in venues with state-of-the-art cooling technology.
The kick-off times have been scheduled for 45 minutes before sunset. The matches from round 5 and beyond will be played at the regular football venues across the country on home and away basis.
It has been confirmed that Qatar SC will not be able to use its host venue - Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium - which will be closed for maintenance work in October. Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium will be the temporary 'home venue' for Qatar SC during this period.
The revised first-phase schedule is given below: