The wheel of the ADNOC Professional Football League matches will return to rotation on the 12th of this month through the 13th round, after it was stopped during the last period due to the national team’s participation in the 2023 Asian Cup, at a time when 31 matches out of the remaining 98 matches in the current league stand out as candidates for the whistle. Foreign players, as they will be decisive in the struggle of the leading teams to win the league title, in addition to occupying advanced positions in the league standings.
It is expected that the foreign whistle will be the most prominent in the matches in which Al Ain is a party, with 10 matches, followed by Al Wahda with nine matches, Al Wasl with eight matches, then Sharjah, Al Jazira and Al Nasr with seven matches each, Shabab Al Ahly with six matches, then Bani Yas and Ajman with three matches each. .
Al Wasl currently leads the league standings with 30 points, followed by Al Ain with 25 points, Shabab Al Ahly third with 24 points, Sharjah fourth with 22 points, then Al Jazira and Al Wahda in fifth and sixth place, respectively, with 20 points each.
According to statistics monitored by “Emirates Today” based on the match schedule, among these confrontations there will be three matches on the 13th of this month in the final round of the first round, which are Al-Wahda with Sharjah at Al-Nahyan Stadium at Al-Wahda Club, Al-Wasl with Al-Nasr at Zabeel Stadium, Al-Ain and Al-Jazira. At Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, postponed from the 13th round until next April.
There will be 28 matches in the second round of the league that are also candidates for the appearance of the foreign whistle. In the 14th round there is the summit of Al Jazira and Al Nasr at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, scheduled for the 24th of this month, and Baniyas and Al Ain, scheduled for the 25th of the same month at Baniyas Stadium.
Also prominent in the 15th round is Al Wahda’s confrontation with Al Jazira at Al Nahyan Stadium, and Al Wasl with Sharjah at Zabeel Stadium, while in the 16th round there will be three matches nominated for the appearance of a foreign referee, which are: Sharjah with its guest Al Nasr, and Ajman with Al Ain at Rashid Bin Rashid Stadium. Saeed, and Baniyas with Al Wasl at Al Shamkha Stadium. In the 17th round, the two matches between Al Ain and Sharjah at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, and Al Wahda with Shabab Al Ahly at Al Nahyan Stadium in Al Wahda Club, and in the 18th round there are also confrontations between Shabab Al Ahly and Al Jazira at Rashid Stadium, and Al Ain with Al Nasr at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. Al Wahda will play against Bani Yas at Al Nahyan Stadium, and Ajman will play against Al Wasl at Rashid Bin Saeed Stadium.
Within the 19th round, there is the summit of Al-Nasr and Shabab Al-Ahly at Al Maktoum Stadium, and in the 20th round, the confrontations of Al-Sharjah with its guest Al-Jazira, Al-Ain with Al-Wasl at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, and Al-Wahda with Ajman at Al-Nahyan Stadium stand out. In the 21st round, there will also be two matches between Al-Ain and Shabab Al-Ahly, Al-Wasl and Al-Jazira, and in the 22nd round there will be matches between Al-Wahda and Al-Nasr, and Shabab Al-Ahly with Al-Sharjah, and within the 23rd round, Al-Wasl and Al-Wahda and Al-Ain with Ittihad Kalba will stand out, and in the 24th round it will be a heavy-caliber confrontation. Between Al-Wahda and Al-Ain, and in the 25th round, the Al-Wasl summit with Shabab Al-Ahly stands out, and in the 26th round, the confrontations of Al-Sharjah with Al-Wahda, Al-Jazira with Al-Ain, and Al-Nasr with Al-Wasl stand out.
It is noteworthy that there were 30 referees who led 84 matches until the 12th round of the league, including 14 foreign referees.
The Football Association had set an amount of 170 thousand dirhams for the cost of using foreign refereeing staff in one match, and according to the Federation’s decision, clubs now have the right to request the use of foreign referees in any of the President’s Cup matches and Professional League competitions, without setting a maximum limit for requests.
• The ADNOC Professional League wheel returns to the current 12th round in the 13th round.
• 30 referees led 84 matches until the 12th round of the league, including 14 foreign referees.
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