50 days to the biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup

Mega football tournament is coming to the UAE

50 days to the biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup

The countdown is on for the biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup – with just 50 days to go before the tournament kicks off.

When hosts the UAE take on Bahrain at Zayed Sports City stadium in Abu Dhabi, it will start the largest sporting event in history to be held in the region.

For the first time, 24 nations will compete for the most prestigious prize in Asian football – tickets start from just Dhs25 and are on sale now.

Speaking as the countdown to the competition begins, tournament director for the Local Organising Committee, His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, said: “Before the first ball has even been kicked, this is already the biggest sporting event we’ve ever hosted because so many have played a part in setting the stage.

“We have received so much energy and enthusiasm from the communities, and this in turn drives our determination to ensure that the stadiums and facilities are ready for a spectacular tournament to take place.

“Now I call on people to bring that drive to the matches, show their support and really get behind their countries wherever possible.”

Asia’s top 24 nations will be playing 51 matches in eight stadiums across four host cities Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah.

It all starts on Saturday January 5 2019 and will run until February 1, with thousands of UAE-based volunteers a part of the action.

The AFC Asian Cup is the pinnacle international team tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) every four years to determine the champion of Asia.

The competition is the second-oldest continental football championship (after the Copa America) and was first held in 1956.

The UAE’s largest-ever schools’ programme has reached more than 75,000 youngsters with an engaging programme comprising educational football challenges, introducing them to the cultures of the 24 participating Asian nations and inspiring students to lend their support throughout the tournament.

Women’s participation in sport also got a big boost from the UAE’s first involvement with the AFC’s ‘It’s My Game’ initiative, which witnessed a large number of attendees join in on inspiring career talks and grassroots football activities led by the UAE Women’s national team.

Tickets are easily available for fans to purchase for games online via asiancup2019.com with supporters encouraged to get their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Click here for our guide to ticket pricing.
For the latest AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 news and information visit www.the-afc.com.

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