The World League
The second season of the World League kicks off on Saturday, September 22, with four new teams joining the championship - defying the growing anger of FIFA who are threatening to take further action against all those involved.
Last season saw the inaugural championship and although the standard of football fell below what was expected by some, it appears to have captured the imagination of fans and players - though mainly in countries outside Europe.
Last season’s tournament saw 12 teams battling for the title, with Mombasa Mambas triumphing and former Premier League side Warbury Warriors taking second place, despite being clear favourites to win. The new season will kick off with 44 new players hoping to make a name for themselves.
The standard of football is expected to be significantly higher than the last campaign, which should also lead to an increase in attendances - although crowds at some of the grounds during the first season actually exceeded expectations, as the World League continues to build its reputation.
The addition of four new teams - Highland Terriers from Scotland, Lima Incas from Peru, America’s St Louis United, and Lagos All Stars in Nigeria - shows the credibility and reach of the World League is growing.
These new teams bring with them some outstanding talent with colourful characters to join the players who became stars last season. So, as we enter the final countdown to the opening matches, this is your guide to all the teams, owners, managers - which includes the first woman boss - and the players who are out to capture the crown and your imagination.