The FIFA World Cup is a global exhibition and competition for teams of football played on a rotational basis. The tournament was first held in Africa in 1954 and has now become one of the most celebrated events in the world. More commonly known as the World Cup, this competition embraces teams from all over Asia that come to participate in the competition in order to represent their countries. As a result, fans from all corners of the world to fly down to take part in the event.
In 2021 the AFC Champions League was introduced as an annual continental club soccer competition. Designed to be a sequel of the Asian Club Championship that had begun in 1967, this tournament is now a continuous evolution of the original competition. With the addition of new nations and even new members, the competition has seen the addition of some new, great teams that included holders of the Intercontinental Cup, holders of the MLS Cup and current Spanish champions Real Madrid. This competition has seen some big stars join the ranks of participating players including David Beckham and Diego Maradona.
However, the latest addition to the roster is the politically motivated move of a UAE club side that are aiming to win the Asian Football Association (AFC) tournament. The club boasts of an impressive group of players, with famous names such as Al Arabs, Iranians and Turks among others. Although the team is politically neutered, it is not unknown to fans outside of the region, specifically in Europe and America who may have been watching the progress of the tournament and wish that it were in their own countries.
Although politically motivated, the UAE has a number of financial sponsors eager to back the competition, especially since they have such an easy route into the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after successfully hosting the previous two Asia Cups. With the addition of the Asian Football Federation to the FIFA ranking table, the value of qualifying for the Asian Football Conference (AFC) will become more valuable to the foreign teams and clubs. Qualifying for the AFC will also grant the UAE automatic qualification to the FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar in 2021. Should the UAE qualify, then that will give them a huge financial advantage over other potential teams and it will be a clear message to other Asian countries that they should strive to win the Asian Football Federation tournament or face the consequences.
The opportunity to secure a place on the schedule for the FIFA World Cup is one that the Asian Football Federation and other association games all over the world should strive for. The scheduling of international tournaments such as the Asian Football Confederation matches means that there is precious little chance of these matches becoming unplayable due to weather conditions. This means that fans can watch every match available in their respective countries regardless of where they are located at any given time. In addition, qualification for the competitions is done through a system of rankings, with each qualifying match played on a regular basis. This will ensure that the standard of play is always higher than what it would otherwise be. The Asian Football Federation is also working hard to expand its base of support in other countries and increase interest in the game.
A number of different things could happen if the UAE beats its opponents in the qualifying rounds. First, qualification for the Asian Football Federation tournament could become more important to the UAE and they may actually get an automatic seed for the knockout stage. Second, it gives the UAE an opportunity to challenge Europe and the other eventual competitors for a place at the FIFA World Cup. Third, it will boost the profile of the UAE and the Middle East as a footballing hot spot and bring awareness to the sport and fanatics in the region. Fourth, it is a golden opportunity for young fans to experience what it is like to win a trophy and chase a dream. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that every football enthusiast should take full advantage of.
Soccer is a sport that can bring people from all walks of life together and unite them under one common goal – to succeed in the sport. It brings people from all races, ages, and social status together to appreciate and promote a sport that can bring so much more than just winning a competition. It’s true that the Arab Emirates has long been a soccer powerhouse, but only in the last few years have they been able to build a deep and consistent competitive program which has helped them qualify for the Asian Football Association tournament. Fans in the region are already motivated and excited about their team, and they look forward to the upcoming season with a lot of enthusiasm. In fact, many traveling to Asia have purchased tickets to see their favorite Arabic team in action in the Southeastern Asian nations such as UAE, Thailand, and Malaysia.
When you purchase tickets to watch the Asian Football Federation or any other soccer tournament in the region, there is no place where you will find better support than in Dubai. There are many local supporters who travel from the region to attend matches, and the level of support is nothing short of extraordinary. It would be fair to say that the level of international football tournament matches played in Asia is amongst the best in the world, and this is down to the high standards that are upheld by the Asian Football Federation. A trip to the Middle East to witness the quality of football offered by Asian football confederations is something that is not to be missed, and if you are planning a family holiday, you should definitely make it a point to include a stop in Dubai when travelling to Asia.