MLF SET TO ANNOUNCE 2018-19 SCHEDULE
With the conclusion of the 2018 Summer Premiership Season only just in the rear-view after last weekend’s Starfish FC 120-114 win over the St. Petersburg Swans, Major League Footy is set for a most unusual ‘offseason’.
Already announced is an October 27 Season Opener for the 2018-19 campaign, fittingly a rematch between the Swans and ‘Fish.
That schedule means a four-week break will follow the 26-week Summer schedule, an arduous task, to be sure.
As the independent circuit of 7-a-side Australian Football looks to expand its footprint, the competition has announced a pivot to an October – March head-to-head season, followed by a Finals series that will culminate with a Championship Final, April 20, 2019.
Major League Footy matches will be played on select Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with 7 PM start times. A number of Saturday and Sunday day games will round out the fixture.
Entering the 2018-19 Season, 8 sides will each be slated for a minimum of eight MLF matches. Three sides will qualify for the Finals, with the top seed receiving a bye as the 2nd and 3rd seeds meet in a Preliminary Final April 13, 2019.
Club lists will be set in a territorial draft to be held October 18. Seven sides will participate in a four round draft to establish their core player lists for the 7-a-side, 10-player roster lists.
After a Summer that consistently saw game-time temperatures hovering around 100 F (the ‘feels like’ temp for the September 29 Championship registered at 108 F), an October – March fixture will see the Florida-based sides play in more ‘footy- appropriate’ conditions.
The Major League Footy 2018-19 Premiership Season schedule will be released Tuesday, October 9.