Ladies looking to indulge in the UAE’s favourite sporting pastime, – whether it be for social, fitness or competitive reasons, the Dubai Amateur Women's Football League is encouraging football lovers 14 years and above to join the 7-a-side football league in Dubai.
Continuing to grow and play a huge role in the development of the sport for women, the amateur women’s football league consists of two divisions dividing the more experienced players from the intermediaries; there is something for everyone.
“We are entering our ninth year with two divisions and 16 registered teams. It has been a remarkable experience watching the league grow from strength to strength and seeing all the new players learn the game and develop their skills. Each team needs approximately twelve players to allow for any injuries, vacations etc. (and to make it more social!), we’re always on our toes, encouraging ladies to join and allowing teams to have strength in numbers,” remarked Kat Lukovic from the DWFA Committee.
The DWFA organise two seasons per year. A “winter season” from September to December and a “spring season” from February to June. On a weekly basis, every team trains on Sundays (19.00 – 20.30), Division 1 matches are played on Tuesdays and Division 2 matches on Wednesdays. All matches are 25 minute halves with a 5 minute interval and kick offs either 19.30 or 20.30 on both nights.
The first week of matches is set to start on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th September.
All teams play at the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence (Jebel Ali Shooting Club) where each week, teams from both divisions battle to take home three points, all with the same goal…. to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
For interested parties, registration and training night will be held on Sunday 16 September (today) from 7pm to 8.30pm on Pitch 3 at the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence, a unique football facility that has been the league’s home for the past six years. The game is played on real grass so it is important that all players wear football boots, shin pads and football socks. Commitment twice a week is key to this team sport.
“The women’s amateur football league is ready to kick off again this season. Seeing over 40 new players last season, we are excited and looking forward to exceeding this number next week. Dust off your boots, grab your kit and meet us at the pitch – get involved!” Concludes Kat Lukovic from the DWFA Committee.