Written by Ashraf El Hadi
- Sharjah is hosting one of the most important competitive foot golf events at the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club from 12 to 14 January 2023.
- Players compete to win the biggest prize money in foot golf to date, valued at $40,000
- This event presents an opportunity aFor the participation of citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Government of Sharjah, the Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority announced that the emirate will host the Sharjah International. Football Championship, a sport that combines football and golf, at the Sharjah Club. For golf and shooting, from 12 to 14 January 2023. The professional football championship will be held for the first time in the region in the Emirate of Sharjah, where a group of the most prominent players in the world, including more than 140 players from 20 different nationalities, will go to the emirate to participate in this event.
The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority organizes the Sharjah International Golf Championship in collaboration with the Sharjah Sports Council, Air Arabia and the professional Foot Golf Tour Company, and a group of world-class foot golfers take part, where men and women compete. to win the cash prizes, offered by the tournament, which continues Two-day, stroke-and-put 18-hole course.
The tournament consists of groups of four players, with kickoffs every six minutes. Players compete over two days to win cash prizes totaling more than $40,000. The event also offers amateur players, citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates the opportunity to participate to win a cash prize of $1,500, and they are also eligible to win the grand prize. Soccer tournaments are held all over the world, but the Sharjah International Soccer Championship is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf region.
Commenting on this topic, Dan Ferretti, Co-Chairman of the Professional Football Tour, said: “We are delighted to launch the first football tournament in the region from Sharjah, featuring a group of the most prominent golfers in the world. We are also happy to offer them the opportunity to learn about the beauty of the United Arab Emirates and explore the Emirate of Sharjah. Foot golf is not very popular in the UAE as there are no courses dedicated to this sport in the country, although there is a premier group of golf courses everywhere. We aim to change this reality by introducing professional football tour events across the region, giving players of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to experience this sport and take part in one of our great events.”
Foot golf, which combines golf and soccer, is very popular all over the world. This sport requires simple equipment as players use their ball control skills and shooting accuracy to kick the ball into large, specially designed holes within the 18 hole course. Foot golf can also be played on a regular golf course, and is considered one of the fastest growing sports in golf communities.
The sport uses a regular five-inch soccer ball, with a hole wide enough for the ball to enter. This sport is also characterized by the ease of finding the ball when it deviates from the target, and continue to play smoothly, unlike the traditional golf ball. There are many challenges in the game, as in regular golf, and the biggest difference between them is in the way the ball is hit.
A golf course suitable for all family members will be established at the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club after the championship. Times will be allocated for bookings at the new stadium, allowing families, friends and business colleagues to experience this game for themselves, thus establishing a base for this game in the emirate.
For his part, His Excellency Khalid Jassim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority, said: “The Sharjah International Football Championship confirms the efforts made in Sharjah to improve its position as a leading tourist destination. We are pleased to welcome professional footballers from all over the world to Sharjah, and we look forward to inviting them to enjoy the emirate’s rich history, beautiful nature and rich cultural and artistic heritage.”
The authority insists on launching various initiatives to support the activities of the tourism sector in Sharjah, including enabling its collaboration with the public and private sectors, as well as local and international agencies to enhance the comprehensive tourism experience in the emirate . It is worth noting that Air Arabia plays an important role in this event, as it has allocated a full aircraft to transport the delegations participating in the tournament.
The Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, in which the tournament is held, is characterized by its location, as it is 5 minutes from Sharjah Airport and 20 minutes from Dubai Airport. It also includes a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, making it a suitable venue for local and international competitors and participants.