Representing Qatar at the 2017 Al Kass International Cup is Aspire Qatar, a team made up almost entirely of home-grown talent. All players have been scouted by Aspire Academy in Doha and are amongst the best young footballers in the region. Since its establishment in 2004, the Academy has produced a steady stream of players who have gone on to play professional football at both the club and international levels. The Academy is distinguished by its holistic philosophy towards player development. Rather than focusing solely on a student’s sporting abilities, the Academy also aims to provide each of its young talents with a comprehensive academic and social education.