New football league to launch in Shirebrook

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A new Friday night football league is being launched at Shirebrook Academy.

The league has been created by the Derbyshire County FA and Facilities For All and will kick-off on 8th May.

The new league aims to make it easy for people to play football to fit around other commitments on a weekend.

“This new league at Shirebrook is perfect for friendship groups or local workplaces that wish to get together and play 11-aside football but currently don’t have the time or ability to commit to weekend football,” said Lauren Mellor, football development Oofficer (Adult Participation) for Derbyshire County FA.

“Games will be played on a 3G crumb with your team scheduled to have one game every fortnight, which is perfect for groups that want to play 11-a-side but still want some Fridays free for other commitments.

“I’m excited to see how this programme develops and I hope it suits those that find it difficult to play the traditional 11v11 game. If this pilot is successful we’ll look to launch it in other areas of Derbyshire.”

The Shirebrook Friday Night 11 v 11 League will see fixtures twice a month, with games lasting 50 minutes (25 minutes each way).

Eight teams will kick-off at 6.30pm or 7.30pm with FA-qualified referees and a minimum age of 16 years old.

There are sin bin rules rather than yellow cards and no offsides, but all other rules will follow 11v11 laws of the game.

It costs £20 to enter the league/£50 per team per fixture (less than £5 per player based on a squad of 11 players).