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.

Meet the Teams

MOMBASA MAMBAS

Kenya

Owned by a ruthless gambling tycoon, the Mambas were the inaugural World League winners.

2017/2018 League Position:

1st

Home Colours: Black with yellow trim

WARBURY WARRIORS

England

Owned by Chinese billionaire Li Mig Wong, the Warriors were expected to win last year, so will be looking to make amends this year.

2017/2018 League Position:

2nd

Home Colours: Yellow with claret trim

ACAPULCO AZTECS

Mexico

Owned by British expat Eddie Carlton. Finished 3rd last year and will be looking to improve.

2017/2018 League Position:

3rd

Home Colours: Blue

KAMPALA KICKERS

Uganda

Owned by a retail tycoon. They have a good mix of youth & experience and will be strong contenders for the title.

Home Colours: white with blue trim

4th

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SPARTIATES ATHENS

Greece

Owned by an import/export billionaire. They finished solidly in the top half last year and the same is expected this year.

Home Colours: orange with black trim

5th

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DARWIN CROCCEROOS

Australia

Owned by a former sheep farmer. The Crocceroos are are expected to finish in the top half again.

Home Colours: green & gold

6th

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SUN CITY

India

Owned by a billionaire Bollywood producer. They are a good team, but can expect no more than mid-table.

Home Colours: claret & yellow

7th

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SHAMROCKERS

Ireland

Owned by a racing tycoon. They are expecting a much better finish than last season.

Home Colours: dark & light green stripes

8th

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PRAGUE PULSARS

Czech Republic

Owned by a multi-millionaire, the source of of his wealth is a mystery. They could push for a top 6 finish this year.

Home Colours: purple & white

9th

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HONG KONG HEAT

China

Owned by a billionaire industrialist who is not afraid to splash the cash. They play very entertaining football.

Home Colours: yellow with red stripes

10th

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BRECKNOCK DRAGONS

Wales

Owned by seven former miners. A poor campaign last season and the same is expected this year.

Home Colours: red with white trim

11th

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BUCHAREST VAMPIRES

Romania

Owned by a consortium or Romanian millionaires. Finished bottom last season and the pressure will be on to improve.

Home Colours: black & white stripes

12th

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HIGHLAND TERRIERS

Scotland

Owned by a Whisky millionaire and property developer. They bring some good players and will be looking for a top half finish.

Home Colours: blue with white trim

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ST LOUIS UNITED

USA

Owned by a pair of businessmen. They have the first female manager in the World League. Could be also-rans.

Home Colours: blue with red trim

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LAGOS GOLD STARS

Nigeria

Owned by a real estate and waste disposal millionaire. A strong team that could sneak the title.

Home Colours: yellow & blue

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LIMA INCAS

Peru

Owned by a Billionaire shipping magnate. They will be looking to achieve at least a top half finish.

Home Colours: white & red

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