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Posted On: 15 April 2019 09:00 am
Updated On: 15 April 2019 09:35 am

Amir Cup 2019 draw ceremony is happening today (UPDATE)

Leena Chung
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The draw ceremony of the 47th Amir Cup will be held on April 15th, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) has announced.

Qatar’s most popular football tournament will bring together teams from the QNB Qatar Stars League and the Second Division.

QFA said the draw ceremony to be held at Kempinski Hotel on April 15th will reveal the match venues, the kick-off times and match-ups in the 47th edition of the tournament.

The competition commenced with a match pairing the fourth and fifth-placed teams in the Second Division (Al Shamal and Mesiameer) at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium 11 April 2019.

The top three teams of the Second Division in addition to the winner of the Mesaimeer-Al Shamal clash will vie against clubs that finished from ninth to twelfth (9-12) in the QNB Stars League. Matches will be held at Thani bin Jassim Stadium and Grand Hamad Stadium on 20-21 April 2019.

Qualifying teams from the second round are drawn to play against the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-placed teams of the QNB Stars League. Winners of the matches will proceed to the fourth round of the tournament, matches; will be played at Thani bin Jassim Stadium and Grand Hamad Stadium on 26-27 April 2019.

The top four teams of the QNB Stars League are drawn to play against the four qualifying teams from the third round, matches will be played at Grand Hamad Stadium and Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium 2-3 May 2019.

The winning teams of the fourth round will play against each other; the two winning teams will proceed to the final match on 11-12 May 2019, both matches will take place at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium

The winners of the fifth round matches will play against each other. Winner of this match will be crowned champions of the 47th Amir Cup, the final will be held at Al Wakrah Stadium on 16 May 2019.

What is The Amir Cup?

Featuring all first and second division in Qatar; The Amir Cup is the biggest football cup competition in the country.

The Amir Cup was first played in 1972 and was won by Al Ahli. The event is contested every season by 17 Qatar Stars League (QSL) and Second Division teams. The most successful team are Al Sadd who won the tournament 16 times followed by Al Arabi who have bagged the title on 8 occasions. Al Sadd is the defending champions.

The Amir Cup has undergone a few changes since it was first played in the early 70s. In 1999, it was decided to include Second Division sides along with the top tier teams playing for Qatar national league title. In 2004, the tournament was planed in such a manner that the event would last five stages.

Source: Qatar Football Association