Kathmandu, September 15, 2018: Season II of the Mahila Premier League (MPL) kicked off today at Grassroots Recreational Center in Mandikatar. League games will be played on Saturdays, running from September 15th—November 3rd, 2018.
MPL is Nepal’s first women’s futsal league, organized by The WE United Project and funded by the European Union. The League is a fully women-run initiative: played by women, organized by women and refereed by women. Over the course of eight weeks, eight teams will compete for the title of Kathmandu’s best women’s futsal team in order to promote a culture of competition, camaraderie, and collaboration in Nepali women’s futsal.
Over the eight weeks, each team will play every other team once and points will be awarded for winning, tying and losing games. The top three teams at the end of the League will be awarded experiential team prizes, donated by WE United’s amazing prize sponsors that include Samsara Designs, Gymkhana, Shambala Hotel, Riverside Resort, Gorkha Aesthetics, and others.
In support of The WE United Project’s mission to empower women and girls in Nepal through dynamic sport-based activities, the League provides space for women players to interact with one another, develop communication and leadership skills on and off the field, and build a supportive network for women involved in the sport.
Approximately 80 women and girls will participate in the League, which is referred by professionally-certified female referees. Fans, as well as players, are impacted by the League, which aims to change how women view themselves but also how they are viewed in society. As one player, Neliya Gurung, commented last year, the MPL “is a great platform for all of us to come together, know each other, and make a positive mark on our community.”