It is often referred to as ‘the beautiful game’ but when two sides take to the field at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Thursday 14th May it is sure to be far from it.
Checkatrade.com, the nation’s leading tradesperson vetting service, hopes to smash the current Guinness World Records™ title for the ‘Longest marathon playing football’ with a gruelling match played continuously over 75 hours.
The current record stands at 72 hours and was played between Stockport Albion and Manchester Rovers (both UK) at Stretford High School, in Manchester, UK, from 2 to 5 May 2013.
What’s more, the firm is now inviting men aged 18+ to apply to join the two teams, which will each consist of eleven players and seven substitutes as per the rules of the game.
To apply footballers should visit www.checkaplayer.com and, due to overwhelming interest in the record attempt; the deadline for applications has been extended until Saturday 28 March 2015.
This is a tough physical challenge, so in true Checkatrade.com style a rigorous selection process will help identify the fittest candidates. The final 36 will have the chance to make history by setting a new Guinness World Records title.
“Playing football continuously for more than three days is not for the faint hearted,” says Checkatrade.com MD Kevin Byrne.
“The rules allow multiple substitutions and short rest breaks, but there will be few opportunities to sleep and players cannot leave pitch side once the record attempt begins. The match must be played in the spirit of football too – so no slacking!”
Checkatrade.com is also searching for qualified referees, witnesses and timekeepers to support the attempt.
Under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records Adjudicator, the 75 hour record attempt will take place from 09:00 Thursday, 14 May until 12:00 Sunday, 17 May at Crawley Town Football Club, which is donating its ground free of charge.
Through player sponsorship and spectator donations, Checkatrade.com’s Guinness World Records title attempt also aims to raise thousands of pounds for Chestnut Tree House, which provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people with life-shortening and life-threatening illnesses in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire, as well as the Checkatrade Foundation.
All funds raised from this record attempt will be dived equally to these fantastic charities.
Although Guinness World Records does not ask for payment to be part of the record title attempt, each player will be asked to pay a £60 administration fee to Checkatrade.com (to include your football shirt and welcome pack) and then raise a minimum £750 sponsorship. All proceeds will be divided between Chestnut Tree House and the Checkatrade Foundation.