Arabian Gulf League fixtures for 2017-18 season announced

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The Pro League Committee conducted the draw for the new season's fixtures on Thursday.

The 2017-18 Arabian Gulf League and Cup draw was conducted on Thursday at the UAE FA headquarters in Dubai.

The draw was organised by the Pro League Committee and representatives of the 12 clubs involved were in attendance.

Sharjah Club and UAE national team former goalkeeper Mohsen Mesabeh and former Al Shabab player Yousif Uzair participated in the draw ceremony.

AGL champions Al Jazira sign Romarinho

The event started by deciding the fixtures of the Arabian Gulf Cup.

The draw produced the following groups; Al Jazira were joined by Al Dhafra, Al Ain, Al Nasr, Hatta and Ajman in group A while Shabab Al Ahli Dubai head group B which also includes Al Wahda, Sharjah, Al Wasl, Emirates and Dibba.

Round 1 of the competition brings Al Jazira an away trip to Al Dhafra while Al Ain host Hatta, Al Nasr face Ajman and Al Wahda welcome Shabab Al Ahli Dubai to Al Nahyan Stadium. Sharjah host Emirates and Hatta visit Al Wasl.

AGL remains top in AFC rankings

According to the new format of the competition, the AG Cup will take place in a one leg round-robin league with the top four teams in each group progressing to the quarter-final which is played in a two-legged knock-out format. The same format is applied in the semi-final while the final is played in a single match on a neutral ground.

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The ceremony then continued with the AGL draw. Champions Al Jazira begin their title defence at home against newly promoted Ajman while Al Wasl face Al Ain at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

The rebranded Shabab Al Ahli Dubai debut at home against Hatta in the first round. Al Wahda host Dibba while Sharjah welcome Al Nasr and Al Dhafra travel to Ras Al Khaima to face Emirates.

 

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