THE Monday Night Football League sponsored by Haven Power will return next Monday.
The league, which was originally set up by Suffolk FA in February 2014, has been paused throughout the coronavirus pandemic but is back for the 2021 summer season.
Haven Power, the long-time sponsors of the league, are continuing their association with the competition and will be one of six teams taking part in the summer season.
The six teams who have signed up for the summer league are Athletico Demon, CTFI FC, Haven Power, Northam Celtic, Friars Street and one as yet unnamed team.
They will battle it out over the next 11 weeks, with matches kicking-off at 7pm and 8pm each Monday at Ipswich Academy in Brazier’s Wood Road.
MNF matches are 11-a-side fixtures lasting 50 minutes, with roll-on, roll-off substitutes, with matches taking place every other Monday evening.
This means MNF is ideal for anyone who can’t commit to Saturday or Sunday football or doesn’t wish to but still wants their 11-a-side football fix.
Suffolk FA Inclusive Football Development Officer Kirsty Smith, who organises the league, said: “As a county we are delighted to welcome back the Monday Night Football League.
“The last 14 months have been extremely difficult for everyone and Monday Night Football provides a flexible outlet for players and teams to enjoy doing something they love with their friends and team mates.
“Since the pandemic the importance of being able to exercise and play football and socialise with people has never been greater. This new league gives people the chance to improve not only their physical health but also mental health and wellbeing as well, whilst playing in a structured and positive environment.
“A huge shout out to Haven Power again for their continued support with this league. The support they give us enables us to provide a vital outlet for these players and teams and one which we hope will continue to grow.”
There is scope to increase the number of teams playing in the league.
The cost per team per match is £42 which covers the hire of the floodlit 3G pitch and a Suffolk FA qualified referee.
If you are interested in entering a team then please contact Kirsty Smith at Suffolk FA on 01449 616606 option 3 or 07432 735985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org