A LEAGUE for over-35s is returning to Herefordshire in May with the aim of attracting former players back into the game.

The Herefordshire FA's Veterans League is now in its fourth season and six teams will compete against each other to try and be crowned champions of the league.

Unlike regular football matches, the games are made up of two 40 minute halves which organisers say is as a result of consulting with the players.

Joe Mathias, who runs the league, said: "A lot of players in their 30s when they become dads drop out of football and spend Saturdays and Sundays watching their kids.

"We have flexible kick off times on a Sunday so teams can work around players's commitments like jobs, there's a central venue and we book the referees. We try and keep it as simple as six-a-side where there's not much admin.

"All teams have to do is find players and the rest is sorted for them."

In a bid to get as many people involved as possible, games are usually played every two weeks with days such as bank holidays and Father's Day being avoided.

There's six teams already signed up for the league this season, including three new sides, and anyone else who wants to get involved should email joe.mathias@herefordshirefa.com.