Merseyside Quiz Leagues

The World's Largest Independent Quiz Leagues

The Merseyside Quiz Leagues, the home of team quizzing here on Merseyside, were founded in 1959 and are the largest independent quiz leagues in the world.  In 2019 we therefore celebrated our our Diamond Jubilee!

In the 2019/20 season there will be over 100 teams competing in one of five Leagues. Teams will usually take part in their own local league, so that travelling distances are kept to a minimum. There are, however, opportunities to enter Merseyside-wide competitions at either team or league representative levels.

If you are interested in finding out a little more about team quizzing on Merseyside, why not drop into a venue and watch a game taking place.  During the September to March season most games are played on Monday or Tuesday nights starting at 8.45pm.  The tab 'Leagues' will allow you to select your local area from where you can find a team playing near you.  You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and if you wish, a chance to take part in a friendly game after the main match.  If you need any advice please contact us.

update (30 july)

Following regular monthly meetings of the MQL Council it has been agreed that conditions permitting, the Leagues will recommence in January 2021.  It is anticipated that this will be a shortened season and, as usual, individual Leagues will make their own arrangements and aim to finish in March / April.  The President's Shield and the Merseyside Challenge Cup will also take place in this period but the latter may revert to a straight KO tournament for this season.  
If the January start date is viable, then during the late autumn teams may be encouraged to play a friendly or two with each other in order to test out the arrangements in their venues.  The MQL would aim to play its two outstanding 19-20 Finals and perhaps the 2020 Mimir at that time too.  The teams involved in the President's Trophy have agreed to play online and so this competition will begin in September as usual.

The MQL Council will continue to meet regularly to review the situation and is confident that if and when it becomes possible to play, fixtures and distribution could be finalised and with the cooperation of teams, the Leagues' season could be underway within a month.

In the meantime after consulting with their teams about attitudes to the current situation, each Area has made the following provisions for quizzing this autumn. 
Ormskirk and S&F will each run their own online league starting in early September (S&F is already running theirs).  
Liverpool and Warrington will meet to agree on a possible joint online league which could also be open to Wirral teams. 
Plans for Wirral teams will be announced following their AGM on 20 August.

All of these plans are of course subject to change as the situation regarding the pandemic evolves. The MQL repeats that the health and well-being of its players (and their families) is paramount in any decisions that are made.

Other dates

Wed 3 February / Thu 4 February         Area heats of 2021 Mimir
Sat 13 February                                    MQL 3rd Buzzer Tournament 

Dates for President's Shield, President's Challenge and Presentation Evening are to be confirmed.

2020 Annual General Meeting

The rescheduled 2020 AGM of the MQL took place online on Sunday 26 July at 7.30pm.

Minutes can be accessed by clicking here.

Congratulations to Angela Doyle (Liverpool) who has been elected MQL President.

online quizzing

Over the next few weeks your Area Secretary will be enquiring if you might wish to take part in a temporary online competition while regular quizzing is unavailable.  Many will have played quizzes online using apps such as Zoom, Team and Meet, but some have no experience at all.  You can watch 5 minutes of a match from the Online Quiz League (OQL) below.  

It features four players that you may recognise from the MQL (Liverpool, Ormskirk and Warrington).  In this particular competition they are playing old MQL rules (ie only one attempt per side) and in this match one of the players is visually handicapped so there is some description allowed.  You are watching Round 7 and unfortunately one player has had to drop out.
[MQL wishes to thank the OQL and the players themselves for allowing us to use this extract]

2020 Annual General Meeting

Notice is given that the postponed AGM of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues will now take place on line on Sunday 26th July at 7.30pm using the Zoom video conferencing platform.  Papers and joining instructions to follow.

Any proposals should be submitted by your team through your Area Secretary and received by 7pm on Sunday 28 June 2020.

Update (June 2020)

The MQL Council hopes that all players and their families are keeping safe and well as this extraordinary period continues.  Many of you have embraced ingenious alternative techniques to keep on quizzing during the lockdown.  These include using the telephone, emails and shared documents to video conference platforms such as Meet and Zoom, with the quizzes themselves ranging from nationally organised Leagues to informal gatherings.  Whatever you are doing we hope that you are satisfying your ‘quiz needs’!! 


We are all obviously looking forward to meeting up and getting back to face to face quizzing as soon as we can.  However, regardless of the schedule for the easing of the regulations on assemblies and the opening of pubs and clubs, there are issues that the MQL must consider before a return to any form of normal quiz league activity.  Most importantly it is vital that teams and officials are safe in getting to and from venues and also that once there, they have the space to enable social distancing.  But also the venues themselves may be struggling to re-open and if they do, can they afford to be as accommodating to quiz matches on Mondays and Tuesdays as they were?


The MQL Council will continue meeting once a month to consider how the latest developments will impact on the Quiz Leagues, however, at the time of writing it is likely that the traditional September start to the new season will be delayed.  So with that in mind, Area Secretaries have been asked to contact their teams to find out how much interest there might be in some sort of temporary MQL run on-line quiz league.  It is anticipated that this would fill the gap until normal Quiz League activity can recommence.  It is appreciated that this will unfortunately exclude those without access to the necessary technology, but it is stressed that this is just a short term solution to a problem that will hopefully be resolved as soon as possible.


We look forward to hearing any thoughts and ideas you might have through your Area Secretaries.

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