The MQL is the governing body of the five independent quiz leagues located in the Merseyside area. Additionally, each league organises its own knockout and/or cup competitions either during or at the end of the season. Each area organises its Leagues via Local Committees.
Representatives from the Committees serve on the MQL. Council which takes decisions of overall importance. Quiz teams come from pubs, clubs, factories, local government, offices, churches, sports and political clubs, etc, and players come from every walk of life.
All matches are played strictly in accordance with MQL rules which are continually refined and brought up to date. The rules are published annually together with fixtures and general information. Each playing member is issued with a copy of the MQL Handbook at the start of each season.
Highlights of the season, apart from the various finals, are the Area Presentation Nights and the MQL Presentation, at which an array of cups, shields and mementos are distributed. Prior to each season, teams register and present their own sets of questions. After vetting, typing and printing, questions are sent on a weekly basis by independent question distributors. Strict security is observed to prevent fore-knowledge of question sets.
Since its inception, MQL. has helped other areas in the UK to form similar associations - and in some cases ex-members have carried the gospel overseas. The appeal of the Quiz League is difficult to define. At the top levels, matches are played in a spirit of fierce competition, whilst lower down the scale the "Quiz Night" is more of a friendly social occasion.
In 1976, an individual competition was introduced with a unique format which ensures that players have an equal chance of answering questions without reliance on buzzers, extra bonus points etc. It is called the MIMIR competition and is named after the Norse god of wisdom.
Liverpool Quiz League
The Liverpool Quiz League is currently divided into three divisions each of 9 teams.
All teams play their home matches on Monday evenings, and venues stretch as far as Bootle, St Helens and Rainhill, though the majority of teams are clustered in the city centre, South Liverpool and the Childwall areas.
Northern Quiz League
The Northern Quiz League ceased competition at the end of the 2015/16 season. It consisted of teams from the areas around Waterloo, Crosby, Bootle and Litherland. Some teams have subsequently joined neighbouring leagues.
Ormskirk Quiz League
The Ormskirk Quiz League is made up of two divisions of 9 teams and 8 teams.
Team locations range far and wide, from Ormskirk itself to Wigan, St Helens, Burscough and rural areas..
Southport & Formby Quiz League
The Southport and Formby Quiz League, as its name suggests, is based mainly in the Southport and Formby areas. In the 2021-22 season it will consist of fifteen teams playing home and away in two divisions. From late January to late March first and second division sides will play each other in a handicap league,
Warrington Quiz League
The Warrington Quiz League consists of teams based in and around Warrington, but in the past has had teams based in Runcorn and Widnes.
All fixtures are played on Tuesday Evenings
Wirral Quiz League
Wirral Quiz League consists of two divisions of 10 and 11 teams.