AFC Asian Cup organizers plan a FanZone to outrival all FanZones

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The local organizers of next year’s AFC Asian Cup are planning one of the most ambitious FanZone projects ever undertaken with the aim of involving the whole community in Asia’s premier sporting event.

The Qatar Local Organising Committee (QLOC) of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 yesterday approved what is almost certain to be the hub of activities during the 16-nation tournament which kicks off on 7 January.

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The QLOC Board of Directors gave the go-ahead to a wide range of entertainment, food and fun for all the family to celebrate the three-week festival of football.
QLOC is confident the FanZone will attract more than football lovers and will be “The Place To Be” for all the family.

While the location has not been confirmed, the FanZone will be open every day during the tournament and will offer a different schedule of events every day with an ever-changing menu of food and drink from participating countries from the region and across Asia.

"QLOC is constantly looking for innovative ways to spark interest in the tournament and get everyone involved in this great festival of the best football in Asia,” said Hilal Al-Mohannadi, the Communications and Marketing Director.

For lovers of football, there will be penalty simulators, speed kicking, goal wall and ball control competitions, tabletop football and electronic football games (FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer), beach soccer and street soccer.

And for those interested in the zanier side of the game, there are plans for a football pitch with bumps as well as a three goal-pitch.

Different regional food and drink will be served (from Qatar, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Indian, Far East, Uzbekistan and Australia) in a nice and relaxing environment.

All month long, QLOC will be offering a number of interactive experiences, including the chance to win prizes, photo opportunities and much more at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 FanZone.

And not forgetting the tournament of course, giant TV screens will display the live matches. Concerts and shows will also be part of this entertainment extravaganza.

The AFC Asian Cup kicks off on 7 January at Khalifa International Stadium with hosts Qatar playing Uzbekistan.

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