Champions Al Gharafa Club and formidable Al Duhail are grouped together in Pool A as the draw of the QSL Cup was held at the Qatar Stars League Management headquarters at the Al Bidda Tower on Wednesday.
The draw ceremony was held in the presence of QSLM's Competitions and Football Development Department Acting Executive Director Mohammad Ahmad Abdulla, Competitions Department Director Ahmed al Adsani and representatives of all 12 competing clubs.
The clubs were ranked according to their order in last season's QNB Stars League standings, with promoted Al Shahania replacing relegated Al Markhiya as the last team.
The QSL Cup schedule, being finalised in co-ordination with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, will be officially released soon.
The tournament will begin on September 7, while the final is slated for February 2, 2019. Like last season, matches will be played during international breaks.
The draw ceremony was followed by a technical meeting, presided over by Adsani and attended by Qatar Football Association's Referees' Committee representative Abdullah al Balooshi as well as clubs' representatives.
The tournament format has been changed a bit as four teams will advance to the knock-out quarter-finals after the group league. Last season, only four teams progressed for the semi-finals after the pool stage.
A fourth substitute will be allowed during extra time and only red-card suspension will be carried forward to the following season's QSL Cup.
The meeting also stressed the need for players to co-operate fully with the referees and abide by their decisions. The teams' jersey colours were also decided.
Al Duhail, Al Gharafa, Umm Salal, Al Arabi, Qatar SC, Al Kharaitiyat
Al Sadd, Al Rayyan, Al Sailiya, Al Khor, Al Ahli, Al Shahania
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