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Arabian Gulf League: Pro League Committee set to announce 2017/18 season fixtures in Dubai

6:12 AM WAT 02/08/2017
Al Jazira
The PLC will announce the fixtures for the new AGL season at the UAE FA headquarters on Thursday.

The draw for the 2017-18 Arabian Gulf League fixtures will take place on August 3, Thursday evening at 1630GST, the Pro League Committee have announced. 

The UAE FA headquarters' ballroom in Dubai will be the venue for the draw with the 12 participating clubs present.

Al Jazira were crowned champions least season while Al Wasl finished as runners-up. 

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Since the merging of Al Shabab and Al Ahli, the newly named Shabab Al Ahli Dubai will feature in the league for the first time. 

Al Ain, Al Wahda, Al Nasr, Al Dhafra, Sharjah, Hatta, Dibba and Emirates return for another year of action while newly promoted Ajman also join the party.

In an effort by the PLC to ensure equal opportunities and a fair competition, as well as to have strong fixtures distributed evenly across the season, the Arabian Gulf Cup draw will take place in three stages.

Last season's AGL champions Al Jazira and Arabian League Cup champions Al Ahli will head the two groups based on a draw. The second stage sees the top six teams in last season's league table (besides Al Jazira and Al Ahli) drawn one at a time into the two groups.

Finally, the third stage sees the remaining teams drawn into the two groups.

According to the new Arabian Gulf Cup format, each group contains six teams, the top four of each group progress to the two-legged quarter-final and on to a two-legged semi-final then the one-legged final.

In the Arabian Gulf League, the draw takes place in two stages, the first includes the top six teams from last season while the second includes the teams ranked 7th to 12th.