Staffordshire Football Association are working in partnership with Stoke City Community Trust and The FA Mars Just Play programme to create alternative Friday night leagues across Stoke-on-Trent.
The leagues have been created to target adult players who may not be able to play 11-a-side football at traditional times on the weekend. To support with the recruitment of players, teams are able to have an unlimited squad size making them ideal for workplace teams, groups of friends or possibly teams who have folded in recent years due to players being unable to commit to playing at the weekend.
The new 11-a-side initiative will start on Friday 3rd October and run until the end of April with teams playing one hour fixtures every other Friday evening between 7pm-9.30pm.
The Discovery Academy, St Peter’s Academy and Dimensions Leisure Centre will provide the perfect venues for the flexible leagues with state-of-the-art 3G pitches; whilst FA qualified referees will be on hand to officiate games.
Eight teams will be allocated to each league with every team playing two games a month at their preferred venue.
Teams can have an unlimited squad size to support their recruitment of players and the repeat substitution rule will be in place to allow greater flexibility and enjoyment for participants, making it ideal for work teams, groups of friends, or teams who may have recently folded. It is hoped that this initiative may appeal to players who can no longer commit to playing 11-a-side football at the weekend.
The leagues are open to participants aged 16 or older and each participating team will receive a free set of FA Mars Just Play branded bibs.
The cost to teams playing in one of the leagues is £35 per game and places at each venue will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For further information click here, or to request an entry form to register a team, please contact Ben Gibson at Ben.Gibson@stokecityfc.com, or by phone on, 07900 780260 stating which league/venue you would like to join.