Macarthur Football Association’s Premier Men’s and Women’s competition the ‘M-League’ is ready to take off once more as Community Football resumes this weekend much to the delight of General Manager Salv Carmusciano.
Having launched the M-League season in March at a special function involving new partners Ottimo House, Carmusciano outlined some fantastic new initiatives that were set to shape up the competition, however the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores, putting a halt to all football operations.
“Very much so, the hype to the M-League this year is huge, and I am delighted that we are back on track once more with the competition kicking off this weekend.
“We introduced a license program as part of the new structure of the M-League that set out minimum standards required to participate in the competition.
“The Men’s Competition (First and Reserves) expanded to eight-clubs with Eschol Park Wolves FC and Ingleburn Eagles joining the league while the Women’s maintained a strong eight-club league with St Mary’s Saints promoted to the top-flight this season.
“We made some amendments to our rules to ensure a faster, youthful, and more skilful competition including the introduction of an U21 Men’s division.
“COVID-19 has had an impact on the competition with the loss of one full round now re-scheduled. Each team will now complete two full rounds during the Premiership season with the top four teams qualifying for Finals football with the Grand-Final scheduled for Sunday 4th of October to be held at Lynwood Park.”
The media and promotion of the M-League was also set to blow up even further as the Association announced some key wins ensuring the competition gained the recognition and awareness it thoroughly deserved.
“The Macarthur FA media team is once again set to cover one Men’s and Women’s featured match weekly including the live streaming of Round 1 games between Ingleburn Eagles v Mt Annan Mustangs in the Men’s and Narellan Rangers v Harrington United in the Women’s via our official Facebook page.”
With so much hype surrounding the M-League this season, the reboot of the competition will give the Gunners SC another chance to claim back to back Premierships and Championships in the Men’s category after securing a memorable double in both age groups in 2019.
While in the Women’s competition, the question will be whether the Camden Tigers can continue on with their recent dominance of the league having taken out the 2019 Premiership and Championship as well as running on a 50 straight match undefeated streak.