The ninth edition of the Mizoram Premier League (MPL), the top flight in Mizoram football, will be played from September 8 onwards.
Defending champions Aizawl FC will take on Chawnpui FC at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl at the inaugural match.
MPL9 will have eight teams with the teams facing each other twice in the course of the league with the top four teams earning a place in the semifinals. The semifinals will be a double-leg tie.
This season’s edition of the MPL will also have a round of matches played at newly installed turf at Khawzawl while the rest of the matches will take place at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium and Lammual, both in Aizawl.
The MPL9 will be contested by eight teams – defending champions and four-time winners Aizawl FC, two-time champions Chanmari FC, champions of 2017 Chhinga Veng FC, Mizoram Police, Electric Veng FC, FC Venghnuai, Chawnpui FC and a newly promoted team FC Bethlehem.
The MPL will resume this season after a two year suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The partner of MFA, Zonet Cable TV Pvt. Ltd, will continue to live broadcast the action on television and streaming on other platforms.
MFA official ball partner Nivia will provide the official MPL match ball, the ‘Nivia Dominator 3.0’.
Chairman of MPL Board PC Vanlalhruaia opined that, “This is like restarting football in Mizoram after two seasons. We are going to see new faces and a much younger players than before which makes the season unpredictable and yet exciting.”
Lalnghinglova Hmar, Honorary Secretary of MFA shared the same view, “Many older players are forced to retire due to more than two years without competitive football in the state, however, this gives us an opportunity to refresh ourselves and start with a new generation of footballers.”