Masters Football was an initiative run by Sky Sports which was scrapped in the 2000s
It’s thrilling news for fans around the world as Masters Football is set to make its return on the 8th of July. Masters Football is an indoor Tournament where players over the age of 35 years participate in representing their respective clubs.
It was basically a way for the legends of the game to show that they’ve still got it. In the 2000s it felt as the fans were losing their excitement for the tournament which is why it was scrapped at that time.
However now the mood has changed as there have been multiple online petitions to revive the competition, and if you’ve been in the game you know that the most important aspect is to give the fans what they what.
Covering the basics about Masters Football
Masters Football has historically been a tournament held in the United Kingdom. That means that only countries in the United Kingdom are allowed to participate. The basic structure involved some seed rounds post which 6 final teams are chosen to participate in the tournament.
It is generally an indoor tournament with teams playing a 16-minute game consisting of 2 halves, both 8 minutes each. Previously some of the greats of the game have been featured in this tournament.
Ian Rush, Ally McCoist, Roy Keane, Matt Le Tissier, Bryan Robson, and Andy Cole are some of the names that have played in the tournament. The tournament will be staged in Glasgow on the same iconic blue carpeted pitch for players aged 35 and over.
Former England star Tony Woodcock who is also a director and co-founder of 360 Sports TV gave his view on the announcement. It just feels fantastic to bring Masters Football back to life,’ two-time European Cup winner and former Arsenal and England star Tony Woodcock said. ‘It has real history and there’s been a tremendous buzz over social media recently with petitions to revive the tournament.
This time around it will be 360 Sports TV which will be covering the streaming of the tournament. 360 sports is a sports documentary streaming site set up by stars like Brighton’s former Liverpool and England midfielder, Adam Lallana, and ex Ireland and Celtic manager, Martin O’Neill.
Which teams and players are participating in the tournament?
As of now, 4 clubs have agreed to participate in the tournament. If more clubs do not agree we might see a slight change in the format of the tournament.
For now Manchester United, Liverpool, Rangers, and Celtics have agreed to join the tournament. As for some special players, United legends Wes Brown and Paul Scholes along with Liverpool legend Steve McManaman are reportedly on the verge of signing the agreement.
Martin O’Neill believes that reviving the great old rivalries will be a special gift for the fans. Also, the timing of the tournament will be perfect for the fans as they can enjoy this tournament in the summer break of club football.
That way both parties can get what they want, more viewership for Sky Sports and more enjoyment for the fans.