What is UAE FA Academy League?

The UAE Football Association Academy League (UAE FAAL) will nurture the talents of the nation's top teams in 3 categories:
U-18, U-16 and U-14

UAE FAAL will be conducted across Dubai & NE and Abu Dhabi.

UAE FAAL will offer the highest level of competition across the nation as each team rivals for the highest honor and recognition in youth football internationally.

UAE FAAL is the only platform across the UAE enabling national club academies and private academies to compete at the tournament level.

Who can join?

National Club Academies and Private Academies across the UAE.

What are the league categories?

  • Under 14 born 1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2005
  • Under 16 born 1 Jan 2002 - 31 Dec 2003
  • Under 18 born 1 Jan 2000 - 31 Dec 2001
FAAL allows 3 x players to be 6 months older than above age brackets in each category

What is the league format?

U18 & U16
  • home and away matches nationwide
  • 11-a-side, 30 player squad
  • 5 substitutes, roll-on basis
  • 35 minute halves
  • Home and away matches for each Emirate Dubai/ NE and Abu Dhabi/Al Ain.
  • Top teams advance to the UAE FAAL quarter finals, semi finals and finals in Dubai.
  • 11-a-side, 30 player squad
  • 5 substitutes, roll-on basis
  • 35 minute halves

What are the scouting opportunities?

Players in the U18 category only will have the opportunity to be scouted through various channels to play pro-football for national and/or international teams and clubs:
  • Scouts from UAE clubs
  • Scouts from LaLiga
  • Earn football scholarships to study in top colleges in the U.S.