x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAE football league's name is Pro League

Pro League has become a brand in the UAE for the past three years, and the Football Association has decided retain the name.

The top level of domestic professional football will be called the Pro League, as it has been popularly known for the past three seasons, the Football Association has decided.

The FA took control of the league in June, when the organisation known as the UAE Football League (UFL) was dissolved after being stripped of its licence by the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare.

The group that governs the league - made of up representatives from the FA and the former UFL - will be known as the Pro League Committee, the FA said.

Saeed Abdul Ghaffa is the chairman of the three-man board that will head the committee. Other members are Abdullah Nasser Al Junaibi, the vice-chairman, and Dr Khalid Mohammed Abdullah, the executive director of the association.

The UFL lost control of the league when it was determined that they had failed to "abide by the official original name" - which was the League of Pro Football Clubs.

The FA now controls all levels of football in the country, including the professional league, the senior national team and the national youth teams.

The Pro League regular season will begin on October 15.

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