56 Teams from across the Nation Get Ready to Compete in du Football Champions National Semi-Finals


Wednesday 06 March 2019

Choueifat U12 Knocks out 2018 Defending Champs LFIGP in Dubai leg of du Football Champions



Dubai, UAE, 5 Mar 2019 –The International School of Choueifat and DESC pummelled their opponents at the Dubai knockout round of the du Football Champions, in partnership with LaLiga.


Both Dubai schools, undefeated in all the categories, now must prove themselves against top schools across the UAE, in the nationwide semi-finals of du Football Champions, home of the official UAE Schools and Streets Cups.  In the Schools U16 category, they face off against Abu Dhabi’s British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) and Sharjah’s Al Maarifa school, both determined to make 2019 the take no prisoners year, after four years of just falling short of the title. But they have to beat off Hatta’s Rashid Bin Saeed school, Abu Dhabi’s Al Raha International School and Emirates Private School and Al Ain’s Our Own Indian School as well as new comers to the du Football Champions national semi-finals, Dubai’s New Academy School to get there. It’s not going to be easy. And that’s just one category. The field looks just as fierce for U12s and U14s.


Not only is du Football Champions raising the level of football among youth in the UAE, it is also bringing together people from all nationalities and backgrounds. “du Football Champions plays an important role in celebrating the Year of Tolerance. It represents diversity and inclusiveness on an unprecedented level with over 5,000 youth from more than 140 nationalities participating this year. Together, these young footballers share their triumphs and tribulations, the ups and downs, tough breaks and lucky shots that make up any given day at the du Football Champions. More importantly, they all get an equal shot at showcasing their talent for a unique opportunity to be scouted to the best clubs across the world” said Abdelwahid Juma, Executive VP, Brand & Corporate Communications at du.  Juma added “du is honored to bring this platform to the youth of the UAE.”



“Aside from the usual suspects, we’re seeing new teams coming through to the du Football Champions UAE semi-finals this year. Teams that have been competing in the tournament for years and have now, through hard work and lots of practice, earned a place at the semi-finals with a real chance to claim the title,” said Fernando Sanz, General Director for LaLiga in MENA. Sanz added, “That’s exactly the mission of this platform, to inspire more and more children to play, and through healthy competition, to raise the level of play across the UAE and give top talent a chance to get discovered and scouted for a career in professional football.”


LaLiga scouts were visible throughout the day, on the lookout for talent to invite for trials to join the by invitation-only du LaLiga High Performance Centre, where they train at the same level as LaLiga youth clubs in Spain.


Next week’s du Football Champions UAE semi-finals will be played at the Sevens in Dubai where new contenders will also be fighting for the title, such as Abu Dhabi Indian School Al Wathba in U14, LaLiga Sevilla, Abu Dhabi Indian School Murour, and ADNOC in U12.







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About du Football Champions


du Football Champions is a nationwide initiative featuring the UAE’s official Schools Cup and Streets Cup and is the only international youth football scouting platform in partnership with LaLiga. Conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Dubai Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Sharjah Sports Council, du Football Champions aims to achieve sustainable human development through the discovery of promising talents, who will raise the bar on sports excellence at local and national levels as they aim to become the next generation of professional male and female footballers.


Played to world-class standards, the Cups are conducted at a national level and played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The Championship is open to boys and girls aged 10-17 and will pave the way for youth to cultivate their sporting talents and aptitudes by enabling them to participate either through their school or together with their friends.


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