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Masters Football started life originally as a six-a-side indoor football competition in the United Kingdom, where players over the age of 35 were chosen by the Masters Football Selection Committee to represent a senior club for which they played. Regional heats were held, and the winners of each progressed forward to a national competition. Events were contested over the course of a single evening (usually on Saturdays or Sundays), with games played in two halves of eight minutes each. The pitch was 60 m (200 ft) by 30 m (98 ft) (the size of an international ice hockey rink), and there was no offside rule. Matches were televised live on the UK subscription channel Sky Sports.
Two referees are chosen to officiate in each event, from the following list. They are all FA-endorsed except from John Underhill, who is an SFA referee.
- David Elleray
- Dermot Gallagher
- Peter Jones
- Steve Lodge
- Kevin Lynch
- Uriah Rennie
- John R. Underhill
- Jeff Winter
European Masters Cup
International Masters Cup
Malaysia Masters Cup
- In Britain, Masters Football is sponsored by and broadcast on Sky Sports.
- In Australia, Masters Football is broadcast by beIN Sports Australia.