The Syrian Authority for Sports and Youth

Under the siege imposed on the eastern Ghouta, the difficulty of movement between its towns, the lack of fuel and exploiting the alleged regime of calm “silent period” under the name of areas of light tension, the Syrian Authority for Sports and Youth, represented by the Sports Sub-Authority in the countryside of Damascus and under the supervision of the Technical Committee of Football, organized two football competitions for youth and men.

The men’s tournament, despite the above-mentioned difficulty, had a wide participation of 16 clubs; “Harasta Club – Arabin Club – Nashabia Club – Al- Aan Club – Ahly Al-Sham Club – Hammouria Club – Saqba Club – Otaiba Club – Jobar Club – Al-Hayat Club – Zamalka Club – Haza Club – Al-Malihah Club -Kafr Batna Club – Ein Tarma Club – Al-ebada Club”.

The youth’s tournament was also attended by 10 sports clubs; (Harasta Club, Arabin Club, Ahly Al-Sham Club, Hammouria Club, Nashabia Club, Saqba Club, Jobar Club, Zamalka Club, Bayt Sawa Club and Ein Tarma Club).

The men’s tournament was sponsored by Karam Charity Organization, In cooperation with The Syrian Authority for Sports and Youth, and the Youth Championship sponsored by Abdul Qader Al-Sankari Foundation in cooperation with The Syrian Authority for Sports and Youth, has shown during its rounds a remarkable development in the level of clubs in terms of technical and administrative.

The first round matches were characterized by big rivalry and strong competition until the last rounds; the participating clubs were divided into four groups, and qualified for the first group “Hmourih Club and Almleihah Club”, the second group “Al-Hayat Club and Ein Tarma Club”, the third group “Arabin Club and Otaiba Club” and the fourth group “Al- Aan Club and Ahly Al-Sham Club”.

Al-ebada Club had to withdraw from the first round because of the lack of mobility and high prices of fuel and this was the main problem for most of the participating teams.

For the quarter-finals matches, it showed a good technical level and qualified for the semi-finals each of “Arabin Club, Al-Hayat Club, Al-Malihah Club and Al- Aan Club”, after a strong and exciting competition from qualified clubs, “Arabin Club and Al-Hayat Club” had reached the final.

The youth tournament is the first tournament held for this category in the province of Damascus countryside, no technician or administrator within the sports group in eatern Ghouta was expected to see such a competition offered by participating clubs in the youth category, where the talents of players from different clubs showed up, some of the matches in the first round comparative the men’s tournament matches, despite the lack of interest of sports clubs in this category.

As well, “Ein Tarma Club and Bayt Sawa Club” withdraw from this tournament because of the difficulty of movement and the high cost of fuel, after the strong competition between the remaining eight teams qualified for the semi-finals each of “Hmourih Club, Nashabia Club, Arabin Club and Jobar Club”.

After qualifying, “Jobar Club and Hmourih Club” qualified for the final, waiting for the two final meetings of youth and men to identify the champion club in each contest.

It is worth mentioning that the two tournaments were characterized by wide and large public attendance from all the towns, even though the tournament is held in the month of Ramadan “hours before breakfasting” but the audiences insisted on attending and following up on their clubs.

When we asked the head of the technical committee of football Shadi Ayoubi about the level of the two tournaments in particular and football in the eastern Gauta in general, he replied:

 “The tournament has witnessed a remarkable and clear development of the previous tournaments in terms of technical, organizational and refereeing, despite the difficulties faced by clubs respecting technical and administrative cadres, where some clubs suffer from the lack of training cadres in Damascus countryside (Rif Dimashq), but the clubs are always insists and tries to move forward”.

Ayoubi also said:

“We suffer in the absence of a regular stadium in Al Ghouta, i.e, an eleven player’s stadium to develop the level, where all our tournaments are held on six player’s stadium, this negatively affects the development of football in all categories specially age groups.

and the football in general in the Eastern Ghouta, needs coaching and refereeing courses, to qualify cadres who capable to promoting football, despite the remarkable development in the refereeing committee and the good performance of  the referees”.