The initiative has been developed by Cambridgeshire FA in response to the national decline in traditional adult football. The programme aims to provide hassle free football – referees and pitches are arranged by the organisers. Teams or individual players just turn up, pay and play.
Fixtures are once a month at central venues across the county but there is no commitment to attend all of the match-days. Teams or individuals can attend as many or as few match-days as they like. The format is also decided by the teams. For example, if teams have eleven players, then matches against other 11-a-side teams can be arranged but if they only have six, then 6-a-side games will be arranged. Another advantage of the Flexi League is cost. Teams pay just £10 per match-day and individuals pay £2.
Dates and venues of Flexi League match-days are:
Sunday 19th October 2014 - Netherhall Sports Centre, Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge
Sunday 16th November 2014 - Witchford Village College Sports Centre, Manor Road, Witchford
Sunday 14th December 2014 - *University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge
Sunday 11th January 2015 - *University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge
Sunday 15th February 2015 - Witchford Village College Sports Centre, Manor Road, Witchford,
Sunday 22nd March 2015 - Cromwell Community College, Wenny Road, Chatteris, (TBC)
Sunday 31st May 2015 - Coldham's Common, Abbey Pool, Whitehill Road, Cambridge
*These match-days will be indoor futsal
Times and more details can be found on the flexi league page of our website.
As well as offering new or casual teams the chance to play competitive matches and gain experience the initiative will also support existing clubs. The Flexi League provides teams that have had to drop out of leagues a chance to stick together, continue playing, and rebuild their squad. For clubs with larger squads it can help to retain their players by providing flexible competition for those who are playing little or no league football. It can also provide teams coming up from youth into adult football some experience of playing against older opposition in a recreational environment. In fact three of the teams who took part in the Women’s Flexi League last season went on to join the S-Tech Women’s League this season.
The first match-day is Sunday 19th October at Netherhall Sports Centre. Anyone interested in taking part in this or future match-days, either as a team or as an individual, should contact Cambridgeshire FA’s adult football development officer, Jo Bull, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org