8/9/2018 4:42:11 PM (GMT+3)

'Between now and 2022, we must further develop Qatar Stars League'

DOHA, Qatar: QNB Stars League (QSL) Competitions Director Ahmed Al Adsani was a part of the observation team at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.  

Al Adsani shared his experiences and the newfound knowledge with www.sc.qa.

How was your FIFA World Cup experience?

I was assigned the role of Assistant FIFA Competitions Coordinator. In total, I spent 45 days in the city, which was an invaluable experience. It also allowed me to witness first-hand the scale upon which FIFA operates, and the organisation that goes into a World Cup match day.

How would you describe the overall operation in Moscow?

It was my first experience of working at a World Cup. The professionalism involved was very impressive. From minor details, such as signs across the host city, to volunteers, venue staff, and logistics involved with ensuring every second of every match day runs perfectly and to schedule. It was a unique operation and this seamless collaboration was the most impressive part of it.

What was your impression on the 2018 FIFA Local Organising Committee (LOC)?

Without the LOC working harmoniously with FIFA and the host city authorities, the event could not happen. It is important to remember that a World Cup is not only what we see inside the stadiums for 90 minutes, but the entire experience. Travel, safety, fan zones, fan fests – there is so much that goes into making a succesful World Cup, and the Russian LOC was a perfect example of this.

What knowledge and experiences will you share with your colleagues?

There are so many important things to take away from Russia. We all returned with multiple plans and ideas, based on what we have witnessed in Moscow, and across Russia. From my perspective, I have seen how much of a spotlight such a tournament can shine on not only a country’s stadiums, but also its football infrastructure. For us at the QSL, this presents a very exciting opportunity.

In the years between now and 2022, we must capitalise on the increased attention the world will undoubtedly be placing on Qatar — and that means further development of our league.