Betting on UAE Football
Famous as a holiday destination, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has long embraced the beautiful game of football. The elite league is the UAE Pro-league, which is also known as the Arabian Gulf League. It currently features 14 teams.
The Arabian Gulf League operates a promotion and relegation system with the First Division League, which is an 10-team division. The subsequent Second Division League of the UAE football system is split into two 8-team groups. The most successful clubs over the course of a season qualify for the AFC Champions League.
There are three domestic cup competitions in UAE: the President's Cup, the League Cup and the Super Cup. Top-flight matches, as well as matches featuring the national teams, are all covered by our UAE football odds comparison tool, which can secure you the best odds when betting on UAE football.
UAE Football Odds
The Pro-League began in 1973, and currently the season runs from August to May, providing plentiful opportunities to add matches featuring UAE teams to betting coupons.
The 2018/19 season was won by Sharjah, securing its 6th title, but that is a long way from making the club the most successful side in the history of UAE football. That accolade belongs to Al Ain, with 13 titles. With 6 teams having won the title in the last ten years, the UAE league offers fierce competition, and favourites can change from one season to the next, making it difficult to stick with one particular accumulator choice over multiple seasons.
The most recently completed season, 2018/19, featured goals galore, and this is a bit of a feature of football in the UAE. The last four completed seasons have usually seen an average of over 3 goals per game, but 2018/19 was the standout with an incredible 3.54 goals a game, and 73% of matches featuring three or more goals. Over 2.5 goals is the approach of the moment, it seems.
UAE Football History
As a region that has developed exponentially over the course of the last part of the twentieth century, it is no surprise to learn that football in the UAE also began in this period.
The governing body of football in the UAE, the UAEFA, was established in 1971. The first league was run in the 1973/74 seasons, with a national team also established in 1974. The following year saw the first cup competition run in the country.
Internationally, the UAE reached its one and only FIFA World Cup to date in 1990. The country's record in the AFC Asian Cup has been one of near misses: the country was beaten in the final in 1996, and has reached the semi-finals on a further three occasions, most recently in the 2019 edition, where the country could have been backed at betting odds of around 20/1 before the tournament began.
One final point, as a wealthy country, the football league system in the UAE has attracted some notable talents. Former world player of the year Fabio Cannavaro finished his playing career in the country, and former World Cup winner David Trezeguet also briefly joined the league. One of the biggest coups for football in the country, however, was attracting Diego Maradona to a coaching role in 2011.