The Qatar Stars League (QSL) launched the 2022-2023 football season at the City Center Rotana Hotel Doha on Tuesday, 26th July, 2022, in the presence of Mr. Hani Taleb Ballan, CEO, Mr. Abdullah Ali Al Hammadi, Executive Director of Operations, Mr. Hassan Rabiah Al Kuwari, Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Communication, Mr. Ahmed Salman Al Adsani, Director of Competitions Department, Mr. Khalifa Al Mana, representative of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Facilities Department), and Captain Saeed Juma Al Hitmi from the Stadium Security Department of the Facilities and Authorities Security Department at the Ministry of Interior, in addition to a number of guests and invitees, including Mr. Hamad Mubarak Al Hajri, Co-Founder and CEO of Snoonu company, representatives of Club Companies and a number of media outlets.
The ceremony focused on the most important preparations for the 2022-2023 season, as a number of initiatives and plans were put forward for an exceptional season. The most prominent among them were the use of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar stadiums at the start of the league championship.
Announcing the official ball
At the ceremony, the official ball was announced to be used during the season. Al Rihla (The Journey) is the official ball for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and QNB Stars League is one of the first leagues to use the new ball.
Official application of QSL
A number of initiatives were also announced, including the announcement of the new form of official application of QSL after the inclusion of a number of modernization processes to keep pace with the latest technical developments in the field of digital media.
Mr. Al Kuwari said, “I welcome everyone and thank you for your presence in this event that precedes our 2022-2023 football season, which will witness the organization of the 2022 World Cup. With this view, we’ve developed a plan of action since the end of last season in preparation for the new season, in co-operation with all partners, the authorities concerned and Club Companies, and we thank everyone for their efforts. We thank the Club Companies for their efforts and continued co-operation with us, and we wish a distinguished and great season for all teams. We invite everyone to enjoy the World Cup stadiums, which will host a number of matches at the beginning of the season, and this is an opportunity before the 2022 World Cup.”
Mr. Al Adsani confirmed that a meeting was held with the clubs and that all arrangements and preparations for the start of the season had been completed. He emphasized that the management of competitions, in co-operation with the Club Companies, will align with the various developments and events in this exceptional season.
Mr. Al Mana said, “We’ve co-ordinated fully with QSL in the holding of a number of matches in the first rounds of the league at the World Cup stadiums, as part of our plans to test the operational procedures again for these stadiums and in preparation for the FIFA World Cup.”
Captain Al Hitmi said, “Preparations are in full swing from the Stadium Security Department and co-ordination is in place with QSL to make the football season successful. It has also been agreed to continue the “You Are Important” initiative at the stadiums in the new season also.”
He stressed the complete readiness of the Stadiums Security Department after several meetings were held during the last phase to co-ordinate the arrangements.