Teams of workers compete for the cup, cheered on by other workers in the stands, who create more and more excitement with each edition of the tournament.
The competition was launched in 2013 by the Qatar Stars League and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. As well as engaging workers through the beautiful game, we hoped to spark interest in the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and widen access to football.
From strength to strength
The cup has captured the attention of workers and the companies they represent, growing in popularity with each passing year.
Reflecting the tournament's tremendous success, the number of participating teams doubled to 32 in 2017. In total, 370 Workers' Cup fixtures have been played, featuring more than 1,300 goals.
Many high-profile visitors to Qatar have hailed the Workers' Cup, recognising the important part it plays in our workers' welfare efforts. FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the tournament in 2016 and created great excitement among the workers, who rushed to take photos with him.
The 2019 tournament saw more than 600 players take part, including workers engaged on FIFA World Cup 2022™ projects and workers involved with Generation Amazing. At the final, nearly 10,000 people watched Nakheel Landscapes beat Taleb Group to claim their third title.
From player to manager
Before his team secured a third title in January 2019, he highlighted the impact the tournament has had on Nakheel Landscapes:
'The past two years have boosted the confidence of everyone at the company – the players and the entire workforce. We are all thankful for the tournament.'
Having watched their company's first Workers' Cup win from the stands, three workers were inspired to join the team – and became a prolific strike force. Under Udden's guidance, the Moroccan trio of Imad Kairat, Mohammed Ait Braik and Othmane Bendahan powered the team on to even greater success.
A second chance for glory
Jerry Ayitey was a professional footballer in Ghana before an injury put an end to his sporting career. But, 10 years after his dreams were shattered, he played in front of 11,000 fans as his team won the Workers' Cup 2016.
Collecting a trophy in front of adoring fans had been why Ayitey started playing and, thanks to the Workers' Cup, he was able to realise this ambition.
"Meeting the FIFA president after coming through a semi-final match made us more determined to win the final," said Ayitey.
'His words of wisdom – that football is all about the hope and determination of ordinary people – kept ringing in my ears during the final, as they do even now. These are the moments every football lover lives for.'