Arabian Gulf League Asia's Top League for the third time in a row
The Arabian Gulf League remained at the top of the AFC domestic competitions rankings for the third time in a row during 2017, after the latest rankings were announced by the Asian Football Confederation on 23 October 2017. The Arabian Gulf League bettered Asia's biggest leagues with 96.224 points, ahead of the South Korea's K-League in second place with 87.925 points, then the Chinese Super League with 87.212 points, whereas the Saudi Pro League came in fourth place with 84.55 points and the Japanese J-League in fifth with 82.788 points. The UAE's top flight competitions has already been at the top of the AFC rankings more than once in 2017, first in February 2017 with 96.56 points, and the second one in June with 95.428 points. His Excellency Abdulla Naser Al Junaibi, Chairman of the PLC, attributed this latest achievement to the great attention that the wise UAE leadership gives to football and sport in general, indicating that this success was expected after the performances of UAE's clubs in the AFC Champions League. Al Junaibi highlighted the great coordination between UAE clubs, the UAE FA and the PLC, hoping that these efforts will continue to develop UAE football. "The continued presence of the league at the top of the Asian rankings for the third time in a row this year is wonderful news, but what is most important is that we keep this development up, so our league can be the best in the Asian continent from all aspects", said Al Junaibi, adding, "We will continue working with our partners to achieve the best quality in terms of organizing the different PLC competitions so that our league can be at the top; helping us achieve the great vision that our leaders have set out: to be the number one in all different sectors".