When do the teams train?
Each team trains for two 90-minutes sessions a week. These sessions run throughout the school term from early September immediately following the trials until late April/early May. Exact timings of each session is as below.. Trials follow an identical schedule so girls will try-out on Sunday and Tuesday’s, boys on Monday and Wednesday.
Sunday (Between 6-730) All girl squads
Monday (Between 630-8) U10, U12, U16, U18 (Boy Squads)
Tuesday (Between 6-730) All girl squads
Wednesday (Between 630-8) U10, U12, U16, U18 (Boy Squads)
What leagues and tournaments do the team play in?
All the boy teams will play in the Abu Dhabi Mubadala Community football league. The league has two seasons one from September through to December, and the second from January through to April. Our teams are entered in both the leagues. League games are on Saturday’s either in the morning or the early evening dependent on the age group. Games are in Abu Dhabi and held at the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Cricket ground. Additionally teams enter tournaments like the Dubai Super Cup, City Abu Dhabi Cup and other tournaments in the UAE. In prior years teams have travelled overseas to play in international tournaments like the Gothia Cup in Sweden.
The girls teams follow a similar schedule but dependent on the age group may play in leagues in Abu Dhabi or Dubai (in the event a league for girls is not formed in Abu Dhabi).
What are the fee’s for the season?
Abu Dhabi Thistle is a volunteer run organization and provides the most value for money football development experience in Abu Dhabi. Fee’s for the 2019-20 season are 3,000 Dhs for the first child, and 2,500 for other siblings. This covers all costs for the entire season and includes two sets of kit (one for training, one for games), two training sessions a week and entry fees for all leagues and tournaments.
Where exactly are the trials being held?
The trials will run for the first three weeks of September (Week Commencing September 1st) and will be hosted inside the Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium. It’s easy to find and has stands around it that support 20,000 spectators (so it will be easy to view the trials in progress). A map is below (park in the red zone and follow the arrow).