The best professional football league in Qatar is the Qatar Stars League (QSL). The QSL arranges and manages the championships of football in Qatar like the Qatar Stars League, Qatar Stars Cup QNB, and the Heir Apparent Cup, and also other football activities and competitions according to QFA, AFC, and FIFA requirements. In teamwork with the QFA, the QSL is also devoted to youth and the basic level of football growth in Qatar. Now made up of 12 teams, the Qatar Stars League works to grow and support professional football in Qatar. In this paper, you can find some essential information about the league of Qatar, the 12 teams, and the football stars in the Qatar football League.
Must-knowing information about Qatar Football League
Before Kicking off the teams of the Football League, it is good to know some important information and the names of the Qatar football League in advance. Qatar Stars League was founded in 1972, it is about 50 years ago. Its domestic cups are Emir Cup, Qatar FA Cup, Qatari Stars Cup, and Sheikh Jassem Cup. And its International cups are AFC Champions League, AFC Cup, and GCC Champions League. The current champions and the Most given championships team is Al-Sadd (2021–22)
In Qatar Stars League, the Chief Executive Officer is Hani Ballan, and Paola Castro works as the Head of Events and Public Relations for the Qatar Stars League. 92 employees work in the Qatar Stars League and it is based in Doha, Doha. Based on the region, Al-Sadd SC, Qatar SC, Al-Arabi SC, Al-Duhail SC, and Al Maref are from Doha. Al-Rayyan SC, Al-Gharafa SC are from Al Rayyan and finally, Al-Wakrah SC is from Al Wakrah.
Qatar football League and its 12 teams’ Sport Club
Al Sadd Sports Club
Al Sadd SC in Arabic, is a Qatari club that is located in the Al Sadd of Doha. This team is well-known for its association football team, which races in the high level of Qatar’s football in the Qatar Stars League. Al Sadd SC is well-known as “Al Zaeem” among the local people, which translates to “The Boss”. The reason behind this is that the team is not only recognized as the top team in Qatar but also is the only team in Qatar which has won the AFC Champions League in Asia. The club is not just for football, it also has teams for handball, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and athletics. It is known as the most successful sports club in Qatar, and by its 57 official football championships, it holds a national record.
Al-Rayyan Sports Club
Al-Rayyan SC in Arabic, is a multi-sports club offering teams in a different types of sports like football, basketball, futsal, volleyball, athletics, handball, table tennis, and swimming. This club is in the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Umm Al Afaei located in the city of Al Rayyan. Al-Rayyan Sports Club was founded in 1967 after co-working of the old Rayyan team with the Nusoor Club.
They have achieved numerous names in all sports, like two Asian championships in basketball, futsal domestic titles, the Arab championship in handball, table tennis, and volleyball, and also plenty of GCC handball, basketball, and volleyball championships. In this club, the basketball and handball teams have eligible for the world championships. But the football team grows as the most attention sport by the club officials, media, and fans. The official team colors are red and black.
Al-Duhail Sports Club
Al-Duhail SC in Arabic, previously well-known as Lekhwiya SC, is another Qatari sports club, that is well known for its football. Its football team plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is located in the Duhail area in Doha city and its home games take apart at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. It also is the first football team in Qatar that won the first division title in its entrance season.
Al-Gharafa Sports Club
Al-Gharafa SC in Arabic, is a multi-sports club located in the Al Gharrafa region of Al Rayyan, Qatar. This club is known for its football, but it has several teams for other sports. It was founded in 1979 as Al-Ittihad and after that formally merged with the Qatar Football Association on 23 September of that same year.
Al-Khor Sports Club
Al-Khor SC in Arabic is a professional sports club located in Al Khor, offering teams in various sports like football, futsal, volleyball, basketball, athletics, handball, table tennis, and swimming. Its football team competes in the Qatar Stars League and also is the best-known team in this club. Its home games take place at Al Khor Stadium.
Al Ahli Sports Club
Al Ahli SC in Arabic, is a multi-sport club located in Doha, Qatar. The nickname of this club is Al Ameed and it was established in 1950. Its professional association football sector is the most notable sport in this stadium. Their home games are in the Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium. It also is the oldest club in Qatar.
Al-Arabi Sports Club
Al-Arabi SC in Arabic, is located in Doha. It was established in 1952, and the football team of the club competes in the Qatar Stars League. Its home ground is in the Grand Hamad Stadium with a capacity of 13000-seat.
Al Sailiya Sports Club
Al Sailiya teams’ club was established in Al Qadsiya in 1995. But in 2003, the club approved its current name, Al Sailiya. They were dropped in 2006 after finishing the Qatar Stars League. but they raise back in the 2007–08 season of the Qatar league, but they were once again dropped in the 2010–11 season. They rise again, but it was the last of that year.
Al-Shamal Sport Club
The club was established in 1980 and its first competed in the first level of Qatari football was in 1986. Primarily just teams in handball and football play at this club, but in 1982, they expanded it to volleyball. In recent years, the club expanded teams in some other sports, like basketball and table tennis.
Al Wakrah Sport Club
Al Wakrah which is formally made legitimate in 1965 under the name of Al Wakrah Youth Club, was founded in 1959. After legitimization, its football and handball sectors were played in local competitions. During the years, it expanded out to plenty of sports, like bowling, chess, and basketball.
Al Qatar Sport Club
Al Qatar SC takes place its matches at Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, located in Al Dafna. It is not just a stadium, it also offers a races field, a shopping center, a gym, and a mosque, among other facilities. The capacity of the stadium is 15,000 seats. The stadium hosts both local football matches and some tournaments.
Umm Salal Sport Club
Umm Salal SC was established in 1979 and joined the Second Division of Qatar as well as five other clubs. In 2004, the club’s name was Al Tadamun Club but the Qatar Olympic Committee decided to change the name to “Umm Salal”. The nickname of this team is Barzan’s Falcons and it refers to the Barzan Tower, which is the Umm Salal Mohammed Fort houses.
Top football players of Qatar
The Qatar’s League in terms of wages is the most well-paying leagues in the world. Qatar can run a profitable league competition which is make it possible to fascinate the best football stars who are looking for a finest bountiful agreement. André Ayew from Al Sadd, Xavi Hernández from Al Sadd, Marcel Desailly from Al-Gharafa, Tobey Alderweireld from Al-Duhail, Wesley Sneijder from Al-Gharafa, James Rodríguez from Al-Rayyan, and Juninho Pernambucano from Al-Gharafa are among the best players of Qatar league.