2016 Mercury League

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The 2016 Mercury League will be the seventh season of the Mercury League. It will be contested over three divisions. For the 2017 season onwards, the league will be expanded to include a top flight of twelve teams and three lower divisions each of fourteen teams.

2016 Changes

Premier League

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Tow Law FC (C, Q) 22 13 2 7 27 15 +12 41 Qualification to Champions' League group stage
Bohemian Rhapsodies (Q) 22 11 6 5 21 12 +9 39
Dynamo Deacon (Q) 22 10 8 4 28 18 +10 38 Qualification to Champions' League third qualifying round
May Wanderers (Q) 22 10 5 7 19 14 +5 35 Qualification to EMUFA Cup group stage
West Grinstead FC1 22 9 6 7 28 25 +3 33
Mercury City (Q) 22 10 3 9 18 19 −1 33 Qualification to EMUFA Cup third qualifying round
Taylor Sporting Club 22 7 8 7 28 26 +2 29
Port Barret FC 22 7 6 9 17 21 −4 27
Cook Island FC 22 7 6 9 17 27 −10 27
AFC Heartpool 22 4 9 9 13 19 −6 21
Innuendo FC (R) 22 4 7 11 16 25 −9 19 Relegation to Second League
Kuiper Town FC (R) 22 5 4 13 17 28 −11 19

Note: Qualification to EMUFA competitions is based on the allocations for 2015–16 and may be subject to change depending on the performance of Mercurian clubs in that year's competitions. In addition to the places indicated, a third EMUFA Cup place is reserved for the winner of the 2016 Mercury FA Cup.

1 - West Grinstead FC are unable to qualify for EMUFA competitions through their league position, and instead qualify via the Nova England Cup.

Results

  HEA BRH CKI DEA INN KUI MAY MEC PBA TAY TOW WGR
AFC Heartpool 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2
Bohemian Rhapsodies 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
Cook Island FC 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–1
Dynamo Deacon 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0
Innuendo FC 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–2
Kuiper Town FC 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–1
May Wanderers 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Mercury City 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1
Port Barret FC 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–1
Taylor Sporting Club 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 2–4 2–0 2–0
Tow Law FC 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0
West Grinstead FC 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 5–2 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–0

Second League

Due to the expansion of the league for 2017, there will be no automatic relegation from the Second League this season.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Mullen Albion (C, P) 18 10 6 2 19 8 +11 36 Promotion to Premier League
Queen Athletic 18 10 3 5 26 14 +12 33 Qualification for Second League play-offs
St John's FC (P) 18 7 6 5 17 13 +4 27
Made in Heaven 18 6 8 4 22 20 +2 26
A Kind of Magic (Q) 18 6 5 7 19 19 0 23 Qualification to EMUFA Cup
Mercury Phoenix 18 5 8 5 14 15 −1 23
Flash FC 18 5 6 7 18 18 0 21
Mercury Armed Forces FC 18 3 10 5 14 16 −2 19
Nafferton Town 18 5 3 10 15 31 −16 18
Breakthru FC (O) 18 4 3 11 17 27 −10 15 Qualification for Third League play-offs

A Kind of Magic qualify for the 2016–17 EMUFA Cup as winners of the 2016 Mercury FA Cup.

Play-offs

The second and third placed sides will play-off over two legs for the second promotion place to the 2017 Premier League.


St John's FC 2 – 1 Queen Athletic


Queen Athletic 1 – 1 St John's FC

St John's FC win 3–2 on aggregate.

Third League

Due to the expansion of the league, there will be no automatic relegation, although the bottom team will compete in a play-off against the 9th-placed team in the Conference Premier.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
The Red Specials (C, P) 18 12 3 3 28 12 +16 39 Promotion to Second League
Break Free Athletic (P) 18 10 3 5 26 13 +13 33
Soxceter FC (P) 18 8 5 5 23 16 +7 29
Ponthorne Town (P) 18 8 4 6 16 15 +1 28
Dunleigh Eagles 18 7 5 6 20 19 +1 26 Qualification for Third League play-offs
Fulditch United 18 6 6 6 17 19 −2 24
Olbers' Paradoxes 18 6 2 10 18 25 −7 20
A Night at the Football 18 5 4 9 13 18 −5 19
Show Must Go On 18 4 4 10 20 28 −8 16
Halley Comets (O) 18 4 4 10 11 27 −16 16 Qualification for Third League qualifying play-off

Play-offs

The Third League play-offs will determine which teams play in the 2017 Second League. The fifth-placed Third League team will play against the last-placed Second League team.


Dunleigh Eagles 0 – 2 Breakthru FC


Breakthru FC 1 – 1 Dunleigh Eagles

Breakthru FC win 3–1 on aggregate.

Qualifying play-off

The Third League qualifying play-off will determine which teams play in the 2017 Third League. The tenth-placed Third League team will play against the ninth-placed Conference team.


FC Henscar 1 – 1 Halley Comets


Halley Comets 1 – 0 FC Henscar

Halley Comets win 2–1 on aggregate.