National Football Tournament 2024 held by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK

Mujeeb Ahmed Mirza, Secretary Majlis-e-Sehat, UK
Football UK 2024
Image courtesy of AMJ UK

From 19-21 April  2024, the Majlis-e-Sehat UK, in collaboration with regional teams and managers, orchestrated the National Football Tournament at Elmbridge Sports Hub in Walton on Thames, London, UK. This vibrant event saw participation from 16 teams, including ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams from regions such as Baitul Futuh and Islamabad, culminating in 31 spirited matches.

Preparations began in January under the direction of Nisar Orchard Sahib, President of Football for Majlis-e-Sehat UK. These efforts ensured a seamless and enjoyable experience for all involved. Thirteen of the 14 UK regions were represented, creating a diverse and competitive atmosphere. The teams engaged in numerous training sessions and friendly matches leading up to the event, setting the stage for a high-level competition.

The tournament began with participants watching the live Friday Sermon by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. Moreover, the matches, spread over three days, were punctuated by a tarbiyat session aimed at reinforcing the importance of spiritual over worldly pursuits. This session, led by Nisar Orchard Sahib with assistance from two missionaries, Raza Ahmed Sahib and Safeer Zartasht Sahib, was a highlight, engaging players in meaningful discussions about faith and discipline.

All participants observed congregational prayers at the venue, with a special hall reserved for this purpose. Teams travelling from distant regions were accommodated at the Baitul Futuh Mosque Complex.

The semi-final and final matches attracted thousands of viewers online via MTA International’s live broadcast, showcasing the high skill level and competitive spirit of the participants. The Baitul Futuh team emerged as the tournament winners, with Northwest securing the runner-up position.

The tournament’s success was also digitally supported through an app that kept everyone updated on fixtures and schedules, accessible at

Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, emphasising the tournament’s excellent organisation and the competitive spirit it fostered. Many expressed eagerness for the event to become an annual tradition, underscoring its impact and the lasting memories it created.

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