Football Commentary Training Programme

Football Commentary Training Programme


  • Do you love football?
  • Do you think that you could be a football commentator?
  • Do you want the chance to commentate at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, as well as at future football matches in Qatar?

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII), in partnership with the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE), will be hosting a free audio commentary training programme to provide an opportunity for selected candidates to deliver the service at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 and World Cup Qatar 2022.

The sessions, delivered in English, will prepare participants from both genders, who don’t need prior experience, to be commentators in Arabic or in English.

This is an intensive training programme will be held at TII premises, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, in Doha. Training will continue until the end of November, ahead of the FIFA Arab Cup, kicking off in Al-Khor on November 30, 2021.

Training will be delivered to small groups, between 4:00 – 7:00 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and specific training sessions will be held on Saturdays (time to be arranged with participants).

Applicants must submit a 60-second audio recording of themselves commentating over a football clip of their choice, in either Arabic or English. Candidates will be admitted to the training on the basis of their overall aptitude for commentating. Applications will not be judged on the quality of the audio recording, i.e. no professional recording is required.


Accepted trainees will be organized into small groups and expected to attend approximately 15 hours of face-to-face training, over the course of 1 week.  

This intensive part of the training will be followed by practical assignments and short face-to-face assessment sessions.   

Trainees will progress through three assessment phases to successful completion (each assessment will take around 30 minutes), thus gaining access to the possibility of being selected to take part in a paid opportunity to deliver descriptive commentaries at the coming Arab Cup. 

Hurry up and register now!  A one-week training program will give you the opportunity to commentate at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021!


Group Dates Time
Group A (Arabic) Monday, October 11- Sunday, October 17, 2021 15:50 - 19:00
Group B (Arabic) Monday, October 18- Sunday, October 24, 2021 15:50 - 19:00
Group C (Arabic) Monday, October 25 - Sunday, October 31, 2021 15:50 - 19:00
Group D (English) Saturday, November 13, 2021 09:00 - 16:00

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 44540326.


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