Welcome to season 2005/2006 of the Social Soccer League (SSL),
The league was formed back in 1994, with just 8 teams, our founding members were; -
British High Commission
Since then the league has steadily grown into one of the most prominent, and well known, in the Klang Valley, Malaysia. Things have changed tremendously – from the league now centrally booking pitches and referees at up to 12 venues around the Klang Valley each weekend to the establishment of a home base for the league’s events - at Home & Away Pub. And of course, not least, we’ve seen the website evolve and grow with the league (thanks in particular to the early efforts of John Mundy) to the fantastic site we have today! We now have 24 teams competing (and a waiting list!) and over 600 players, with standards ranging from purely social players to a handful of (ex) Malaysian internationals!
The basics remain the same though. The league offers a venue for veteran (over 30) players to enjoy a game each weekend against a variety of opponents. We continue to attract a mix of races, cultures and nationalities involved and long may this continue! This year we have over 20 nationalities represented, confirming SSL once again as the ‘preferred’ league for both local and ex-pat veteran teams and players in the Kuala Lumpur area.
So, Season 2005/2006, our 12th, promises to be another fantastic season with teams competing for league and cup honors:
Mancis Utd looks to defend their Premiership title against a horde of title contenders including usual suspects KL Vikings and LSCM-TSV. Who will emerge victorious? How will the newly promoted teams (FTEC-DHFC, Sang Chuan FC & Astaka) perform?? Who will be relegated this year??
In Division 1 we welcome three new teams to the SSL community namely, Euro Sports Club, Gatsby Kepong Chinese and Conn FC. All teams come with fine reputations which we hope will be endorsed on and off the pitch in the coming season. Who will gain promotion to the Premiership this year? Will ‘The Philharmonic’ bounce straight back to the Premiership? Can SWOOSH136 continue their steady improvement?
To many though it is the SSL Cup which brings out the true spirit of the league - with all 24 teams mixed together in this single tournament. Teams will firstly compete in a round-robin phase before qualifying to 3 separate knockout tournaments – the Cup, Shield and Bowl events – with the Grand Finals to be held once more next June. Mizuno are, of course, our reigning cup champions – but as usual this year’s winner is impossible to call.
All in all we look set to have great season ahead with lots of good quality football. We ask all teams to remember though, particularly as the standard of SSL football rises; let’s not lose touch with our most important SSL characteristic – making sure the game is played in a social and sporting spirit.
We look forward to seeing you all at the SSL parties and functions through the season, and on the pitch too! Here’s to another successful SSL season!!