2017–18 UAE Pro-League
The 2017–18 UAE Pro-League is the 43rd season of top-level football in the United Arab Emirates. Al-Jazira are the defending champions after winning their second title last season. Ajman and Dubai both got promoted on 22 April 2017 after beating Fujairah 3–2 and Ras Al Khaimah 2–0. On 3 May 2017, Baniyas were the first team to get relegated after drawing 4–4 against Emirates. Kalba were the last team to get relegated after losing to Al-Ain 2–1 and both Emirates and Dibba Al-Fujairah didn't lose in the same week. In July 2017 Al Ahli, Al Shabab and Dubai merged to make Shabab Al Ahli-Dubai. In 20 April 2018 Hatta lost to Al Wasl 2–0 and were the first team to get relegated. On 21 April Al Ain were crowned the champions of the league for the 13th time after destroying Al Nasr 4–0. On the final day Emirates were relegated after drawing against Al Nasr 2–2 and Al Nasr. In May 2018 it turns out that since the League needs 14 teams for next year it is decided that the bottom two teams of this year will have to face 3rd and 4th placed team of the 2nd division to see who will secure a spot next year.
|Champions||Al Ain (13th title)|
|2019 AFC Champions League||Al Ain|
|2018 FIFA Club World Cup||Al Ain|
|Goals scored||391 (1.71 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marcus Berg (25)|
|Biggest home win||Al Ain 7–0 Ajman (3 February 2018)|
|Biggest away win||Hatta 1–5 Al Nasr (17 November 2017)|
Al Nasr 0–4 Al Ain (21 April 2018)
|Highest scoring||Al Ain 6–2 Hatta (21 January 2018)|
Al Ain 6–2 Al Wahda (1 March 2018)
|Longest winning run||Al Nasr (6 games)|
|Longest unbeaten run||Al Ain (16 games)|
|Longest winless run||Al Dhafra (13 games)|
|Longest losing run||Emirates (6 games)|
|Highest attendance||Al Ain 6–2 Al Wahda (20,786)|
|Lowest attendance||Hatta 1–2 Dibba Al Fujairah (501)|
Stadia and locationsEdit
- Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
|Al-Ain||Al-Ain||Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium||22,717|
|Al-Dhafra||Madinat Zayed||Al Dhafra Stadium||5,020|
|Al-Jazira||Abu Dhabi||Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium||42,056|
|Al-Wahda||Abu Dhabi||Al Nahyan Stadium||12,000|
|Dibba Al-Fujairah||Fujairah||Fujairah Club Stadium||10,645|
|Emirates||Ras Al-Khaimah||Emirates Club Stadium||5,200|
|Hatta||Hatta||Hamdan Bin Rashid Stadium||5,000|
|Shabab Al Ahli-Dubai||Dubai||Dubai Club Stadium||7,500|
Number of teams by EmiratesEdit
|Rank||Emirate||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Dubai||4||Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, Al Nasr, Al Wasl, Hatta|
|1||Abu Dhabi||4||Al Ain, Al Dhafra, Al Jazira, Al Wahda|
|2||Fujairah||1||Dibba Al Fujairah|
Personnel and kitsEdit
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Team||Head Coach||Captain||Kit Manufacturer||Shirt Sponsor|
|Ajman||Ayman Elramady||Abdullah Malallah||uhlsport||Ajman Bank|
|Al-Ain||Zoran Mamić||Omar Abdulrahman||Nike||First Gulf Bank|
|Al-Dhafra||Gjoko Hadžievski||Issam El Adoua||Adidas||Adnoc|
|Al-Jazira||Henk ten Cate||Ali Khasif||Adidas||IPIC|
|Al-Nasr||Ivan Jovanović||Tareq Ahmed||Nike||Emirates NBD|
Dubai Silicon Oasis
|Al-Wahda||Laurențiu Reghecampf||Ismail Matar||Adidas||Al-Wahda Mall|
|Al-Wasl||Rodolfo Arruabarrena||Waheed Ismail||Macron||Saif Belhasa Holding|
|Dibba Al-Fujairah||Paulo Comelli||Abdullah Nasser||uhlsport||uhlsport|
|Emirates||Nizar Mahrous||Sebastián Sáez||uhlsport||Al Naeem City Center|
|Hatta||Abdelmajeed Alzarooni||Mahmoud Hassan||Macron||Macron|
|Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai||Mahdi Ali||Majed Naser||Nike||Skydive Dubai|
|Sharjah||Abdulaziz Mohamed||Eisa Ahmed||Macron|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of vacancy||Manner of departure||Pos.||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Al-Nasr||Dan Petrescu||26 May 2017||End of Contract||Pre-season||Cesare Prandelli||26 May 2017|
|Al-Wahda||Javier Aguirre||31 May 2017||Laurențiu Reghecampf||2 June 2017|
|Hatta||Gjoko Hadžievski||6 October 2017||Sacked||11th||Nizar Mahrous||6 October 2017|
|Sharjah||José Peseiro||15 October 2017||Sacked||11th||Abdulaziz Mohamed||15 October 2017|
|Emirates||Ivan Hašek||31 October 2017||Sacked||10th||Noureddine Abidi (caretaker)||1 November 2017|
|Shabab Al-Ahli||Cosmin Olăroiu||2 December 2017||End of Contract||4th||Mahdi Ali||2 December 2017|
|Emirates||Noureddine Abidi (caretaker)||5 January 2018||End of Caretaker Spell||11th||Nour Al Obaidi||5 January 2018|
|Al-Dhafra||Mohammad Kwid||13 January 2018||Sacked||12th||Gjoko Hadžievski||13 January 2018|
|Al-Nasr||Cesare Prandelli||19 January 2018||Sacked||4th||Ivan Jovanović||19 January 2018|
|Hatta||Nizar Mahrous||20 April 2018||Signed by Emirates||12th||Abdelmajeed Alzarooni||20 April 2018|
|Emirates||Nour Al Obaidi||20 April 2018||Sacked||11th||Nizar Mahrous||20 April 2018|
Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field during each game including at least one player from the AFC country.
Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||AFC Player||Former Players|
|Al-Ain||Caio||Hussein El Shahat||Marcus Berg||Tsukasa Shiotani||Douglas|
|Al-Dhafra||Aílton||Fernando Viana||Issam El Adoua||Igor Sergeev|| Mohannad Abdul-Raheem|
|Al-Jazira||Romarinho||Mbark Boussoufa||Harib Al-Saadi||Mohammed Al-Musalami|| Lassana Diarra|
|Al-Nasr||Marcelo Cirino||Wanderley||Abdelaziz Barrada||Joan Oumari||Mauro Zárate|
|Al-Wahda||Sebastian Tagliabue||Balázs Dzsudzsák||Mourad Batna||Rim Chang-woo|
|Al-Wasl||Caio||Fábio Lima||Ronaldo Mendes||Anthony Cáceres|
|Ajman||Adeílson||Bakare Kone||Modibo Maïga||Azizbek Haydarov|
|Dibba Al-Fujairah||Diogo||Rodolfo||Driss Fettouhi||Yaseen Al-Bakhit|| Ciel|
|Emirates||Sebastián Sáez||Abdelghani Mouaoui||Youssef Kalfa||Park Jong-woo||Sebastián Leto|
|Hatta||Fernando Gabriel||Samuel||Adrian Ropotan||Omar Midani|
|Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai||Ante Erceg||Henrique Luvannor||Makhete Diop||Moon Chang-jin|| Tomás De Vincenti|
|Sharjah||Lulinha||Vander Vieira||Welliton||Otabek Shukurov|| Ryan McGowan|
|1||Al Ain (C)||22||16||5||1||65||23||+42||53||Qualification to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup first round and the 2019 AFC Champions League group stage|
|2||Al Wahda||22||14||4||4||50||29||+21||46||Qualification to the 2019 AFC Champions League group stage|
|4||Al Nasr||22||11||4||7||30||24||+6||37||Qualification to the 2019 AFC Champions League play-off round|
|5||Shabab Al Ahli Dubai||22||7||10||5||25||18||+7||31|
|11||Emirates (Q)||22||4||5||13||20||39||−19||17||Qualified for the UAE Pro-League Play Off|
Rules for classification:  1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) head-to-head away goals scored; 6) goal difference; 7) number of goals scored; 8) number of away goals scored; 9) fair play ranking 10) draw
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
|Home \ Away||AIN||DHA||JAZ||NAS||WAH||WAS||AJM||DAF||EMI||HAT||SAD||SHR|
|Shabab Al Ahli–Dubai||1–1||1–1||2–1||0–0||0–0||0–1||1–2||1–1||4–0||4–1||0–1|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
UAE Relegation Play OffsEdit
Because the League 2018–2019 season needs 14 teams, the bottom two teams of year and the 3rd and 4th place team of the 2nd division will have to face each other to see who will secure the final two spots this year.
Fujairah won 3–1 on aggregate.
Emirates won 1–0 on aggregate.
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