Following highly successful meetings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, officials of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and high-ranking members of the UAE's Local Organising Committee, have confirmed that tickets for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will go on sale July 30.
In the build-up to one of the most eagerly-anticipated spectacles for football fans around the continent, AFC General Secretary Dato' Windsor John, joined Aref Hamed al Awani, AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee at the AFC House in the Malaysian capital, where they presented a giant replica ticket to showcase the biggest sporting event ever hosted in the UAE.
The LOC officials were in Kuala Lumpur to update the AFC on preparations and operational readiness for the tournament, including upgrades and refurbishments to all eight stadium venues, as the UAE get set to welcome fans from across Asia and the rest of the world from January 5 to February 1, 2019. Beyond ticketing, special attention fell upon the LOC's exceptional welcoming efforts aimed at enticing fans and teams from Asia's top 24 footballing nations — an unprecedented number of participating nations for the tournament's long history.
The LOC has significantly enhanced their fan engagement activities and earlier this month embarked on a campaign to nurture budding local talents through unique platforms involving the most thrilling football tournament in Asia. Working with schools, colleges, universities and football academies, the Playmakers and Home Team programmes have been well-received and continue to build on positive momentum.
The upcoming Interactive Roadshow, schools programme and extensive volunteer initiative will further strengthen the LOC's efforts to excite and engage with communities across the UAE and the rest of Asia.
AFC General Secretary Dato' Windsor John said:"The UAE has a proven track record of delivering world class sporting events at the highest level and we have been impressed with the progress made by the UAE Local Organising Committee as we enter the final preparations for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
"The AFC, along with the LOC are fully committed to provide the ultimate stage for showcasing the undeniable talent in Asia. I am confident that by"Bringing Asia Together", our teams, players and ultimately our passionate fans will enjoy the tournament of a lifetime."
The AFC has also praised the ongoing intensive preparations for hosting the tournament and reaching advanced progress. This serves as a testament to the Local Organising Committee's passion to execute the tournament in the most exceptional manner, in alignment with the UAE's standards and global reputation.
The biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup will host a total of 51 matches, played in eight stadiums across four host cities - Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah - over 28 days of captivating action.
The tournament promises to be the biggest sporting event ever to be hosted in the UAE, offering world-class live international football alongside a wide program of activities and entertainment for fans.
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