The Jersey Football Association is pleased to confirm the dates and kick off times for the 2020 senior Muratti matches, which will be played across a full weekend of inter-insular action in the middle of May.
Hot on the heels of the celebrations and commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day; an Over-50s Jersey v Guernsey charity game, men’s and women’s Muratti fixtures, plus disability and walking football matches are all set to be contested at Springfield Stadium over three consecutive days.
The weekend will kick off on the night of Friday 15th May with the Over-50s charity match between Jersey and Guernsey’s Veterans sides, in aid of Cheshire Home. Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier played in the fixture last season which attracted a bumper crowd to the Corbet Field.
The following day, Saturday 16th May, the men’s match will be played at Springfield Stadium, with a 3pm kick off. Trophy holders Jersey will host the winner of the semi-final between Guernsey and Alderney. The Jersey FA can also confirm the final will be “all-ticket” - with no tickets available on the day and no fans viewing through fencing - following feedback on the 2018 event. This will lead to a restricted capacity. Meanwhile, Condor Ferries has put on an extra sailing from Guernsey to Jersey for the day of the match.
On Sunday afternoon, the women’s Muratti will make a welcome return, four years on from the last match. It follows the successful launch of the Condor Ferries Channel Islands Women’s League this season, which has seen two sides from Guernsey competing against the four women’s teams from Jersey. “Super Sunday” will also include disability and walking football matches between the two islands, leading up to the women’s Muratti at 2pm.
“Planning is already well underway for what promises to be a truly memorable Muratti and inter-insular weekend,” said Jersey Football Association CEO Jean-Luc Desbois.
“With the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands, May 2020 will be a special time for our islands and we’ll certainly be reflecting that sense of celebration with a packed schedule of inter-insular competition, which will include; men, women, disability and walking footballers.”
“We’re particularly pleased to confirm the women’s Muratti match is back on and the inclusion of disability and walking football on Super Sunday.”
Guernsey FA Director James Falla added: “The 2020 Muratti is looking to be an action-packed weekend and we are greatly looking forward to it. Obviously at the senior men’s level we must face what will undoubtedly be a tough match against Alderney in the semi-final, and so we take nothing for granted.
“We are all delighted to see the return of the Women’s Muratti in 2020. The introduction of the CI Women’s League, with the invaluable support of our partners at Condor Ferries, has been a major development for the women’s game in Guernsey, and the growth in player numbers and interest we have seen so far is exciting.
“The return of the Muratti is an important step forward for the growth of the women’s game in the island, as we still maintain our focus on the development of our squad for the 2021 NatWest Island Games in Guernsey and beyond.”
Friday 15th May 2020 – 6.30pm – Over 50s charity match – Jersey v Guernsey – Springfield
Saturday 16th May 2020 – 3pm – Men’s Muratti – Jersey v Guernsey/Alderney – Springfield
Sunday 17th May 2020 – 11am – Disability Football – Jersey v Guernsey – Springfield
Sunday 17th May 2020 – 11am – Walking Football – Jersey v Guernsey – Springfield
Sunday 17th May 2020 – 2pm – Women’s Muratti – Jersey v Guernsey – Springfield