M-League

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M-League
Countries International
FIFA World
Founded 1 September 2014
First season 2014
Divisions Premier Division
Number of teams 6
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Open Challenge Cup
League cup(s) Champions' Cup
Current champions Woking Dales (1st Title)
(2015)
Most championships Woking Dales (1 Title)
Top goalscorer Iago Aspas (6 Goals)
TV partners Various (Pre-recorded
and live matches)
Website Official Website
Official Facebook
Official Twitter
Official Reddit
2015 M-League season

The M-League (ML), originally known as the Micronational Football League which was a generic term to any intermicronational association football league competition and system using clubs or national sides of different micronations from around the world, either in a real world setting or virtual setting. Micronational Football League was changed to M-League as the name of the competition proposed most recently by the newly formed Dale Virtual Football Association. The League debuted as a four team competition with Cardinals, Royal City, Vyktory Dragons and Woking Dales feturing in the opening Autumn League of the competition in the closing months of 2014. The league later expanded to six ahead of the current 2015 season starting in January and ending in November, making it one of the longest running micronational competitions.

The league has set itself the target of reaching 8 members by the 2016 season, allowing for the creation of a 2 tier structure, each consisting of 4 teams with automatic promotion and relegation between them. The league is currently sponsored by the Dale News Agency and thus officially known as the DNA M-League, with the top division known as the DNA Premiership, renamed from the M-League Premier Division.

History

The league was proposed by Danny Clarke of the Dale Virtual Football Association in order to expand the amount of virutal football played in the MicroWiki community as he saw it as a suitable alternative to nations unable to compete at a real world level after understanding the difficulties behind it. He was quickly joined by interest from Vyktory and Mancunia and was able to ensure the minimum 4 clubs to feasible start the M-League. On 4 September 2014 the Mancunian Virtual Football League was granted afflicted league status and became the first non-league competition below the M-League. However, Mancunian Football Association were given the power to swap their representative M-League team between seasons to coincide with the clubs performance in the nation's Mancunian Virtual Football League.

The M-League began its 2014 M-League season as a 4 team competition consisting of Woking Dales, Cardinals, Vyktory Dragons and Royal City and ran for 6 games before Woking Dales were crowned the champions on the final day of the season. Following the end of the season was the post season M-League Cup, later renamed the Champions' Cup which saw Cardinals and Woking Dales meet in the final after both progressed after a forfeit of both Vyktory Dragons and Royal City. Cardinals won the final 4-1 over their rivals Woking Dales.

Between the end of the 2014 season and the beginning of the 2015 season the M-League focused on the expansion of the league through the increase of team membership. CD Vertigo, the first of the expansion teams were approved before the end of the 2014 season but were not announced officially until the State of the League Address by Acting League President on December 8 2014. FC Los Toros, another Vertigo team were accepted into the M-League a few days later on December 14 2014, expanding the league from 4 teams to 6.

Before the end of the Spring League it was announced by Electronic Arts that multiple free to play games, including M-League platform FIFA World would have their servers shut down on July 14th, during what would be scheduled as the summer break for the M-League.

Competition Format

League Seasons

The league uses a format similar to the North American Soccer League. The league uses a split season format with a Spring League running from January to March, and a Summer League running from April to June. Each league would consist of 4 to 7 teams competing in a double round robin with the inclusion of break weeks during the season. However, this is expandable by the Board of Directors. Restrictions on maximum player ratings can also be put in place in the different divisions, with the top division being unrestricted and all divisions below it having a maximum player rating to help balance the leagues and therefore making it more about ability over wealth and luck.

For the league's inaugural season in 2014 the league adopted a different format because of the limited time there was to play. Therefore the league adopted a single season with a double round robin, a Autumn League which was followed by every team competing in the League Cup.

Champions' Cup

The top four teams from the Premier Division, and the top two teams from each other division would qualify for a post season Champions' Cup, previously called the M-League Cup, which runs after the regular season has taken place, during the month of November. If a team had already qualified in the Spring League then the highest placed team in the combined table that has not already qualified will do so as a wild card. In a multi-tier league teams from every division in the M-League would compete in the Champions' Cup with the structure determined by the league on a season by season basis given the ease of participation numbers varying.

Rivalry Cups

Rivalry Cups are an optional minor competition held between 2 or more teams and work similar to those used in Major League Soccer. Most cups are deliberately conceived as local derbies between teams in the same region.

Derby Name Most Wins Titles Other Club(s) Titles Recent winner
Dale Cup Cardinals 1 Woking Dales 0 Cardinals
Copa de Vertigo N/A 1 Los Toros
Vertigo
0 N/A

League system

The M-League places itself at the top of a multi-tiered and multi-leagued system which includes all divisions within the M-League as well as all leagues officially afflicted to the M-League, such as the Mancunian Virtual Football League, the M-League's first afflicted non-league competition and became the 2nd tier of the M-League system at the time. There is no promotion/relegation between the M-League and afflicted non-leagues because of the strictly regionalised structure of these non-league competitions. All non-league competition are place below the M-League, therefore should the M-League add additional divisions to its structure, all non-league competitions would be placed below the lowest M-League division.

Sponsorship

The DNA M-League sponsorship logo as used by media

The M-League has been sponsored since 2015. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. There has been one sponsor since the league's formation.

Expansion

The original four founding clubs of the M-League is considered to be the first 4 teams were the 4 teams to begin the 2014 season before the admission of a Mercia team with only 1 week before the week kicked off who had to put their admission on hold for the 2014 season, these four founding teams are Royal City, Cardinals, Woking Dales and the Vyktory Dragons. Since the inception of the M-League it has always been the intention to expand beyond its initial 4 founding clubs and become a multi-tiered football league with automatic promotion and relegation. It has also been considered to expand the Premier Division, the leagues top division beyond the 7 team limit set in the leagues founding document and replace the divisions duel league format and replace it with a traditional single league format followed by the post-season M-League Cup. However, it is unclear whether or not this expansion would be exclusive to the Premier Division or be done across the whole league.

List of expansion teams

No.
Club
Macronation
From
First season
1 Surrey IFA Flag.png Woking Dales MFC United Kingdom 2014 2014 Autumn League
2 Vyktania Flag.png Vyktory Dragons VFC Australia 2014 2014 Autumn League
3 Surrey IFA Flag.png Cardinals M.F.C. United Kingdom 2014 2014 Autumn League
4 Flag of Mancunia.png Royal City United Kingdom 2014 2014 Autumn League
5 Flag of Vertigo.png C.D. Vertigo Israel 2015 2015 Spring League
6 Flag of Vertigo.png F.C. Los Toros Israel 2015 2015 Spring League
7 Flag of Vertigo.png C.D. Vertigo B Israel 2016 2016 Spring League League 1
8 Surrey IFA Flag.png FC Dales (Woking Dales MFC B) United Kingdom 2016 2016 Spring League League 1

Media Coverage

M-League matches broadcast internationally
Seasons DNA TV VBA 5ports VBC Prime Total
2014 5 - 4 9
2015 17 16 16 49

The M-League has limited regulations over the broadcasting rights of member clubs and instead gives clubs unrestricted access to determine who is responsible for broadcasting matches wit primarily local broadcasting services such as Dale News Agency TV and Vyktoryan Broadcasting Corporation being resposible for broadcasting over half of M-League games and Dale News Agency was the first to broadcast the final after its main club, Woking Dales reached the final. The M-League does regulate the quality of the footage that is considered reasonable quality to be used in place of a match report form, this is written as such in the M-League Constitutional Document;

All clubs are allowed to broadcast their prospective live or pre-recorded and later posted perspectives online without restriction unless specified by the Board of Directors or the M-League Disciplinary and Constitutional Committee. Proving video evidence as to what transpired within the events of an M-League or M-League Cup fixture with constitute as an equivalent amount of evidence as providing two pieces of written evidence. However, a minimum video quality of 480p must be achieved for this to apply.

Home teams are given priority broadcasting rights when both teams are able to record their respective views of the fixture. However, the away team may record the fixture if the home team is unable, or unwilling, to do so. As part of the title sponsorship agreement met between Dale News Agency and the M-League on February 18 2015, DNA TV was given exclusive rights to the on-demand broadcasting of the Champions' Cup final, regardless on the finalist, this increased DNA TV's minimal broadcast of M-League matches from 16 to 17 in the 2015 season, the most of any broadcaster.

Clubs

Map showing macronations with M-League clubs

All-time DNA Premiership table

This table combines all results from every league and season into a single table for the DNA Premiership.

Pos. Club Seasons Pld Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Pts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Relegated Best
Pos.
1 Surrey IFA Flag.png Cardinals 2 15 11 2 2 26 8 19 35 1 1 1
1 Surrey IFA Flag.png Woking Dales 2 15 8 2 5 24 11 13 26 1 1 1
1 Flag of Mancunia.png Royal City 2 16 3 5 8 12 18 -6 14 2 4
1 Vyktania Flag.png Vyktory Dragons 2 16 3 2 11 5 36 -31 11 1 3
2 Flag of Vertigo.png Los Toros 1 9 5 4 0 13 2 10 19 1 2
2 Flag of Vertigo.png Vertigo 1 9 1 3 5 7 11 -4 6
2015 Premiership
2016 League 1
Dissolved

Past Winners

Past League Winners

No. Season Premier Division
Autumn League
1 2014 Surrey IFA Flag.png Woking Dales MFC
Spring League Autumn League Combined Table
2 2015 Surrey IFA Flag.png Cardinals MFC Cancelled Cancelled

Past Champions' Cup Winners

No. Season Winner Score Runner-up
1 2014 Surrey IFA Flag.png Cardinals 4 - 1 Surrey IFA Flag.png Woking Dales

Past Open Challenge Cup Winners

No. Season Winner Score Runner-up
1 2015 N/A Cancelled N/A

See Also