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!

The 2022-23 season saw a return to full competition following the pandemic and there are 84 teams taking part in the current season. Teams 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 between 8 and 9pm.  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.

MQL Pairs Competition 2023

The 2023 Pairs Competition was held at Prescot Cables FC on Wednesday 13th September 2023.  Full Results here.  The three pairs in the final were Jim Eccleson (Wi) & Jack Gardner (S&F), Neil Wright (Wi) and Ben Vincent (Wa) and Sam Roberts (Wi) & Danny Grimes (LI).  The winners were Neil and Ben, pictured receiving their prizes from MQL President Jim Eccleson.  Neil retained the title, having won last year!

Pairs Winners 2023        Pairs Plate 2023

The Plate final was contested by Cliff Houghton (Wa) & David Hodgson(Or), Sue Perks (Or) & Chris Quinn (Li) and Mark Kerr (Li) and Bill Gerard (Or), with Mark and Bill winning the contest.  You can watch the final below:

Talks on tv quizzing

As part of the Smithdown Litfest there are two items that may be of interest to quiz players.  Both are in Liverpool on Saturday 23 September. One is a talk by Tony Nicholson about his career producing TV quiz shows and the second is An Audience with Chris Tarrant.  Both events are ticketed and last about 90 minutes. Further details by clicking the links or download the full invitation here.

2023-24 Season

Good luck to all teams.  We hope that everyone has an enjoyable season.


The Third MQL Jubilee Pairs Competition will be held on Wednesday 13 September and once again at Prescot Cables FC club, courtesy of the Ormskirk QL.  The format of the competition remains the same and is open to any players who took part in the 2022-23 MQL season or who will be playing in the forthcoming season.  There is no charge for entering.  Further details including how to register are available here.

Buzzer Tournament 2024

The Fifth MQL Jubilee Buzzer Tournament will be held on Saturday 10 February 2024 in Hoylake.  The event will follow the usual format but we have decided that a team no longer has to represent a League or Area (for example, Liverpool or Wirral).  It could be your regular club side or even just a combination of players, although representative sides remain most welcome. 

For 8 days from Sunday 20 August, MQL teams and players have a priority registration period.  From Monday 28 August any remaining places will be offered to players and teams from beyond the Merseyside Leagues, firstly to teams who have taken part before and after that to any teams.

To Register your team, please complete the entry form at Buzzer Quiz - Merseyside Quiz Leagues

[please note that registrations from teams outside MQL before 28 August will not be recorded]

These Buzzer Tournaments are very popular with teams all around the country and places are usually filled very quickly.  It would be great to see lots of MQL players taking part and so please do take advantage of the priority booking period.  Further details here.

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