(MENAFN - Jordan Times) right" > AMMAN — The third week of the Jordan Professional Football League kicks off on Thursday, as teams gear up for three consecutive weeks of matches before the league halts for regional matches and national team camp.
Jazira and Shabab Urdun top the standings for now as newcomers Salt are fourth after Faisali while Aqaba, who managed to hold on to their spot in the league last season, are fifth. Wihdat are 7th while Hussein and Ahli are at the bottom.
The league will stop after Week 5 allowing the September 18 match of Jazira versus the Iraqi Air Force in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, which was twice won by Faisali and once by Shabab Urdun.
Ramtha will also host Tunisia's Etoile Sportive Du Sahel in the return leg of the Arab Clubs Championship on September 28 as they seek to make up for their 3-1 defeat in the first leg. Last year, Faisali finished runner-up to Tunisia's Tarajji in the Arab Championship after an impressive performance, which included two wins over Egyptian veterans Ahli.
The national team will also regroup to play Albania on October 10 and World Cup runner up Croatia on October 15. Jordan was held 0-0 by Oman on Tuesday and lost to Lebanon 1-0 earlier this week as the team's coach, Jamal Abu Abed, was relieved of his duty by the Jordan Football Association (JFA), as the team gears up for the Asian Cup — the continent's most important football event. The team beat Cyprus 3-0 earlier in this summer.
The 2018-2019 football season agenda kicked off in August when league champs Wihdat beat Jordan Cup champs Jazira in the 36th Jordan Super Cup — the first major competition on the annual football calendar.
Last season, Wihdat won the league for a record 16th time. Jazira lost two competition finals conceding the 35th Jordan Super Cup to Faisali and the JFA Shield final to Wihdat. Jazira also finished runner-up in the league, but made club history by winning the 38th Jordan Cup final after they last won the Jordan Cup in 1984.