FAQ

What is the du Football Champions (duFC)?

It is a ground breaking UAE youth football tournament featuring the UAE Schools and Streets Cups and UAE Girls Challenge and conducted in partnership with LaLiga. Designed to provide youth with access to a pro football career and nurture their talent at a grassroots level on an unprecedented scale, du Football Champions is the ultimate youth football competition for boys and girls in the UAE.

The initiative’s mission is to further youth football excellence by providing a platform for players to showcase their talents and be discovered. For the first time ever in the nation, there is now a platform for scouting homegrown talent.

LaLiga, is partnering with the UAE Schools Cup and Streets Cup to support the initiative. It is the first partnership of its kind here in the UAE where a leading European football league commits to scouting for talent and providing training for them in the world’s best state-of-the-art football facilities. LaLiga will be providing professional league coaches from Spain who will not only scout, but also mentor players.

What is the UAE Schools Cup?

du Football Champion’s UAE Schools Cup, in partnership with LaLiga, is changing the face of youth football in the UAE with the most sought after competition on the UAE sports calendar. It is open to boys aged 10-16. Schools can register one team in each of the categories: Boys U12, Boys U14 and Boys U16. It is open to all schools in the UAE and all nationalities. To register for the UAE Schools cup players must have a du phone and become members of du Sports for 2 AED/day. With their exclusive membership, they will get the latest sports content direct to their du phone. All players and coaches will be entered for a draw to win 2 tickets to watch a LaLiga match in Spain.

The Cup will be played in 4 locations:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Northern Emirates
  • Dubai
  • Al Ain

The Schools Cup runs concurrently with the Streets Cup and UAE Girls Challenge.

What is the UAE Streets Cup?

The du Football Champion’s Streets Cup, in partnership with LaLiga, is the definitive boys football tournament in the UAE.

It is open for all boys aged 10-16. Teams can register if they make their own team of 7-12 players.

The Streets Cup runs concurrently with the Schools Cup and UAE Girls Challenge.

The Cup will be played in 4 locations:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Northern Emirates
  • Dubai
  • Al Ain

What is the UAE Girls Challenge?

The UAE Girls Challenge, is set to change the face of youth football athletics in the UAE with the most sought after competition on the UAE sports calendar. It is open to all girls. Girls teams can either be registered through their school, or as an independent team of friends. It is open to all girls across the UAE.

The Cup will be played in 4 locations:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Northern Emirates
  • Dubai
  • Al Ain

Who can play in the championship?

Boys and girls aged 10-18 from across the UAE can play on their school teams in the UAE Schools Cup in one of these three categories:

  • Boys U12: born 1 Jan 2007 – 31 Dec 2008 with 2 players born from 1 Sept 2006
  • Boys U14: born 1 Jan. 2005 - 31 Dec 2006 with 2 players born from 1 Sept 2004
  • Boys U16: born 1 Jan 2003 - 31 Dec 2004 with 2 players born from 1 Sept 2002
  • Girls: born on or after 1 Jan 2001

How much is it to join du Football Champions?

To register for the UAE Streets cup players must have a du phone and become members of du Sports for 2 AED/day. With their exclusive membership, they will get the latest sports content direct to their du phone. All players will be entered for a draw to win 2 tickets to watch a LaLiga match in Spain.

How can I sign up?

Go to www.dufc.ae to register your team or call 04-3926610 for more information.

How do I complete my registration?

Schools Team:

  • Visit https://www.dufc.ae/schoolsCup/ and fill out the applicants details for at least 7 players (including a du phone number for each player.)
  • Each player must give the coach/captain: copy of Emirates ID (front and back,) recent passport photo, signed parent’s waiver form (which the coach will have a copy of).
  • The coach will receive a username and password and they will log in at http://www.dufc.ae/TeamManager/ to upload documents for each player: copy of Emirates ID (front and back,) recent passport photo, signed parent’s waiver form.
  • Registration is Complete: when each player’s documents and photos have been uploaded AND when all the players have activated their du phones through subscribing to du Sports (links available on duFC.ae). Then and only then will the team be scheduled for matches. The team will be registered when every
  • Each player must use a du phone that is theirs or their parents’. Each phone will be charged 2AED/Day for the service.

Streets Team:

  • Visit https://www.dufc.ae/schoolsCup/ and fill out the applicants details for at least 7 players (including a du phone number for each player.)
  • Each player must give the Team Captain: copy of Emirates ID (front and back,) recent passport photo, signed parent’s waiver form (which the coach/captain will have a copy of)
  • The Team Captain will receive a username and password and they will log in at http://www.dufc.ae/TeamManager/ to upload documents for each player: copy of Emirates ID (front and back,) recent passport photo, and signed parent’s waiver form, and promo
  • Registration is Complete: when each player’s documents and photos have been uploaded AND when all the players have activated their du phones through subscribing to du Sports (links available on duFC.ae). Then and only then will the team be scheduled for matches. The team will be registered when every
  • Each player must use a du phone that is theirs or their parents’. Each phone will be charged 2AED/Day for the service.

Where will the du Football Champions games be held?

All three Cups will run concurrently with each other. School teams and Streets teams from Al Ain, Abu Dhabi city, Dubai and the Northern Emirates will play their group and qualifying stages locally at Al Ain Football Club, Zayed Sports City Abu Dhabi, The Sevens Dubai, Sharjah National Park Sharjah, respectively.

National semifinals will be played at The Sevens, Dubai and the finals will be played on the Dubai Mall ice rink.

*Locations subject to change.

What is the High Performance Centre?

The first ever global initiative for LaLiga enabling the youth across the UAE to train to become future national, regional and international pro-footballers

The HPC is by invitation only and restricted to top talents selected by LaLiga scouts

The HPC will be staffed by a world-class team and UEFA Certified Coaches Developing physical, mental and technical aspects of players to maximize their chances for a pro-football career.

The HPC will have a revolving squad made up of under-18 players scouted nationwide through the du Football Champions platform. The program will be led by Head Coach Rafael Gil, with Enrique Gonzalez working as Assistant Head Coach and Juan Ruiz as the Performance Coach.

Is there anything else happening at the championship?

There will be organized activities and activations on the ground for the whole family to enjoy. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways throughout the tournament for players and spectators and everyone is encouraged to be a part of it.

How many teams can one person play on?

One. You can only be registered in one Cup on one team in one category.

Can I play for a club and still participate in the du Football Champions?

Yes, we welcome all players regardless of their training regimen.

How many players are there on a team?

For the UAE Schools Cup, each team is made up of 12 players, 7 on the pitch and 5 in reserve.

For the UAE Streets Cup, each team is made up of 10 players, 7 on the pitch and 3 in reserve.

For the UAE Girls Championship, each team is made up of 12 players, 7 on the pitch and 5 in reserve.

How long are the matches?

The matches are made up of two 12-minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.

Where and when will the Championship be played?

Emirate Abu Dhabi Al Ain Northern Emirates Dubai
Venue Zayed Sports City Al Ain Football Club Sharjah National Club The Sevens
Group Stage November 10, 17, 24 - 2018 November 10, 17, 24 2018 January 19, 26 - 2018 February 9, 16, 23, 2019
Knockout Phase December 8, 2018
Abu Dhabi
* played in Zayed Sports City
March 2, 2019 February 2, 2019
UAE Semi Finals March 9, 2019
Dubai - The Sevens Stadium
UAE Finals March 16, 2019
Dubai - The Sevens Stadium