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Football is back post COVID


The Government has said grassroots football can be resumed and the FA has issued guidance on how this can be achieved while safeguarding players and coaches from the risk of Covid. So…..MGL football is returning! We are starting our regular Saturday training sessions at the Field (10.30am – 12) from 1 August, and we are planning to start the autumn season on Saturday, 26 September. All this of course will be subject to there being no national or local lockdowns.

Our training sessions are open to all existing players and to new recruits. Any girl within our age range who has not already signed up can do so at a training session or on the Recruitment page of this website. Any of our players who will be too old to play next season can still come along and train with us if they want to. As ever, it is all free.

All our activities will be conducted within the FA guidelines.  We ask all players not to attend if they gave any Covid-like symptoms or if they are shieldingor are in quarantine. We will ask you to maintain social distancing when not training and so far as possible during the exercises and during the mini-matches. All players are asked to bring along their own hand sanitiser and drinks, but we will have our own stock of sanitiser and antiseptic wipes for you to use if necessary. We will be disinfecting balls and training equipment in the course of the training and doing the same to goalkeepers’ gloves during breaks in play. We will also be keeping a register of all those attending to help if necessary with NHS track and trace.

As part of its obesity strategy, the Government is emphasising the importance of exercise. That is what we will provide, but it will also be a chance to acquire and practise your football skills and – whisper it softlyto have some fun! We will run the training throughout the summer so long as we have enough players and coaches available. Oh, and somewhere down the line we have last season’s Cup Final to be held and maybe even a tournament or two. Join us for the ride!

If you have any questions, please ask your manager or email us



With the Government’s announcement yesterday of further anti-socialisation measures, the FA have suspended all grassroots football. That means our season must come to a premature end. We are very sorry about this.

It is not possible to say when the suspension will be lifted, but when this happens we will begin summer training (if the timetable permits) and move towards the start of the 2020/21 season. We will also try to fit in this year’s MGL Cup Final and the concluding stages of the Spring Challenge Cup.

The MGL  Management Committee would like to thank all our players, parents and carers for their patience in this unprecedented situation. We will be back – and be stronger – as soon as we can.



In the current coronavirus situation, please be assured that MGL will follow the guidance of HM Government and the FA. At present, outdoor sporting events are not affected but it is a fast-moving issue and we will need to cancel if the guidance changes. The suspension of the season by the FA and the Premier League only currently applies to professional football.

If anyone has been in contact with coronavirus victims, they should follow the NHS advice on self-isolation. Meanwhile all those attending KGF have access to the Pavilion there, where there are extensive hand-washing facilities. Players are also free to bring their own hand-gel if they wish.



With 5 consecutive Saturdays of no football because of the weather, there is now no chance of completing even a truncated League programme. So Denbar have been declared Spring league champions because they were leading the table when the rains started. Since they also won the Autumn championship, that means they are the overall League champions for 2019/20. So well done to Michael, Jodie and the girls in black and white!

We will still play the MGL Cup Final as planned on 21 March. But for the two other Saturdays of the season (14 and 28 March) we are introducing a Spring Challenge Cup competition. The teams will all play each other once in a mini-league format with 20 minute matches, with the top two teams then progressing to the Final, which will be the last match on the 28th and also the last match of the season. With a Cup up for grabs then, it means we should end on a high.

So the revised programme now is


10.30am                               Crazy Girls v Raynes Park

11.00am                               Topps Girls v Denbar


11.40am                               Raynes Park v Denbar

12.10pm                               Crazy Girls v Topps Girls



10.30am                               Denbar v Crazy Girls



10.30am                              Denbar v Crazy Girls

11.00am                               Topps Girls v Raynes Park


11.40am                               The Final

12.15pm                               Presentations

If there are further cancellations because of the rain, we may need to revise this programme again. But the forecast this week (leading up to 14 March) looks good, so fingers crossed!



We are afraid yesterday’s rain has defeated us and our grounds contractors have had to cancel our matches tomorrow because of the state of the pitches. Sorry! But we are considering at MGL HQ and with the managers how, in addition to the Cup Final on March 21, we can give everyone some more football before the end of the season. Watch this space!

Cancellation 29th Feb 2020

Storm 3 – MORDEN 0

Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis, Storm Jorge – they all seem to make a beeline for King George’s Field. We are sorry to say that our matches on 29 February have again been cancelled because the pitches are waterlogged. What’s the opposite of a rain dance, anyone?

FA Guidance re heading the ball

FA Guidance re heading the ball

MGL welcomes the revised guidance that the FA has produced on heading in youth football. It only affects training sessions – the FA consider that the use of heading in most matches is sufficiently low not to warrant new controls.
Essentially, the sections that concern MGL are those for players at U14-U18 level. Here it is recommended that

1) there is only one heading training session per week;

2) each session should comprise not more than 10 headers per player;

3) the distance they head the ball should be proportionate (ie “relative to the game at this age”);

4) size 5 balls can continue to be used for the older age groups but size 4 is recommended for U14s ; the FA also intend to introduce new, lighter balls;

5) contested headers, and the use of matchballs in heading training, should be restricted to the U18 age group.

Most heading training in MGL takes place in our summer training sessions, and we will be observing the new guidance when this starts. Most sessions already conform to it. Those managers who hold in-season training will also be implementing the guidance with immediate effect.

Cup Final 2020

Cup Final 2020

It is Denbar and Crazy Girls who have made it through to our Cup Final on 21 March. The Cup mini-league could hardly have been closer, with three of our four teams ending on five points. Only goal difference kept third place Topps Girls out of the Final. A big well done to all our players for such a close competition.

Morden Fun Day 2020


Once again, we have been invited to hold our annual six-a side competition at the Morden Funday in Morden Park on Sunday, 19 July. It is a great showcase for the League and a curtain-raiser for the new season as well as a fitting end for the current one. It’s a great day out for the family, with stalls and events throughout the day. Money raised goes to local charities – including MGL. There is good parking and public transport links, and it is all about a mile from the Field. See you there!



We have had to cancel very few matches this year so far, thanks to the mild winter and good pitch maintenance by our contractors, Idverde. But remember if we do have to cancel we will contact every player. So always assume matches are on unless MGL HQ or your manager texts you to the contrary.