Volunteer for the largest AFC Asian cup in history

Don't miss last remaining places in 5,000-strong ambassador team

With just under four months until the AFC Asian Cup 2019 kicks off in the UAE the hunt is on for the last few lucky volunteers.

Thousands have already signed up to be a part of the second-oldest continental football tournament in history and time is quickly running out to fill the last of 5,000 spots.

There are numerous different roles for the world’s largest-ever Asian cup, but the rising popularity for volunteering in sports tournaments means competition is tight.

Taking place from Saturday January 5, 2019, to Friday February 1, 2019, Asia’s top 24 nations will be playing 51 matches in eight stadiums across four host cities Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah.

General Secretary of the AFC, Dato’ Windsor John, said, “Volunteers are the heart and soul of every major sporting event.

“They are the real heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes, so our football stars can focus on producing their best on the pitch.”

Tournament director, His Excellency Aref Hamed Al Awani, added, “For anyone living in the region, this is a truly unique opportunity as our volunteers won’t just witness sporting history, they’ll be a part of it.”

Among the already listed volunteers are Emirati ex-professional footballer Ahmed Al Balooshi, Jessica Cullen, a prodigious 15-year-old Australian, and Japanese super-fan Shinya Nakamura.

The volunteering process is an easy four step procedure. Step one: sign up. Step 2: complete a small interview. Step 3: go through training. And, step 4: enjoy and be part of the fun. The only major requirement is that you are over the age of 16.

Register to be part of the programme by contacting community@asiancup19.ae or visit www.the-afc.com.

If you’re more of a spectator, check out the bargain ticket costs for the tournament.

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