Following another successful season in 2022, the management of MGI is thrilled to announce the modalities for the MGI Scrabble Premier League (MSPL) 2023 season. We will be making a few changes next season because of the constructive feedback received from the Nigerian Scrabble community.

League Capacity

We are looking to have a minimum of 12 teams in each category for the MGI Scrabble Premier League (MSPL) 2023 season. However, we may increase the number of teams in each division to 14 to accommodate more players should it be necessary. Final decision will be made on November 31 after submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) form closes.

Team Composition

As in the just concluded season, each team in both divisions will have 5 main players and 1 reserve player. Please note that in the MSPL 2023 season, no division A team can feature more than 2 players in the top 16 on the NSFederation rating list as of October 31, 2022. From 2024 season, all returning teams in division A can retain all their players regardless of where their rating falls on the NSFederation rating list. The names of the top 16 players on the NSF rating list as at the cut-off date will be published within the next 24 hours.

In division B, existing teams can retain their players next season but with a maximum of 1 overrated (Masters) player in the team. The NSF rating of the overrated player in division B shall not be more than 1500 points. New teams registering to play in the division shall also have the privilege of signing 1 overrated (Masters) player. The rating points cut-off for all other team members in a division B team shall be 1399 on the NSFederation rating list.

Time Control

The playing time control for all MGI Scrabble Premier League (MSPL) matches shall be 20 minutes/player.


The official Scrabble dictionary for the MGI Scrabble Premier League (MSPL) 2023 season shall be CSW22 as approved by WESPA from January 1, 2022.

Transfer Policy

Transfer of players from one team to the other during the league season will not be allowed going forward. Players can only change team at the end of the season when the contractual agreement with their current team automatically expires.

However, teams may be allowed to make changes to their line-up at any time during the league for any of the following reasons at no cost.

Relocation outside of Nigeria.

Serious illness.

Any other unavoidable circumstance as may be deemed fit by the organizers.

Penalty For Irregular Attendance

In previous seasons, we have had some teams miss a couple of match days for different reasons and this does not bode well for the integrity of the league. While we appreciate the commitment, sacrifice and investment being made by all participating teams and players, we will be taking steps to forestall similar occurrences from next season.

Team owners are enjoined to make sure that their team members have committed to and are ready and prepared to travel to all match day venues.

Punitive measures will be taken against defaulting team owners/players without cogent reason(s) for missing match days. Details of the attendance clause shall be spelt out in the team agreement between team owners and players.

MSPL Agreement

All participating teams and players in the league will be required to sign an undertaking to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the MGI Scrabble Premier League.

It is also a requirement that team owners and their players have a written agreement detailing the rights, duties and responsibilities for both parties. In the event of any disagreement, the affected parties may be asked by the league organizers to provide a copy of the written agreement to aid resolution.


Going forward, it shall be mandatory for a division B winning team to promote to the upper division unless the owner of the team has an existing team in division A. In the event of the disbandment of a winning team to avoid promotion, the organizers reserve the right to punish the team owner and/or the players depending on the circumstances surrounding their non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the league.

Similarly, it is mandatory for relegated team to play in the division B the following season unless their relegation will jeopardize the structure of the league due to prevailing circumstances.

League Schedule

We have decided to rejig the schedule for MSPL 2023 season based on the feedback received at the Team Owners meeting. The essence is to reduce the financial burden on the team owners as well as the organizers in the meantime until we secure substantial corporate sponsorship. The schedule for the MGI Scrabble Premier League (MSPL) 2023 season is as follows.

Match Day 1 & 2:
Abuja, February 11 - 12
Match Day 3:
Benin City, June 17
MSPL Finale:
Lagos, October 6 - 7

Please note that these dates are tentative for now and are subject to changes. Details about event venues will be released before the end of the year.

Expression Of Interest (EOI) 2023

Interested Team Owners are to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) to organizers of the MGI Scrabble Premier League (MSPL) by completing the form below. The EOI form will be available on our website from Monday, November 7, 2022.

Please note that Team Owners can only proceed to register their Team after getting approval from the organizers.


The registration for MGI Scrabble Premier League 2023 will commence on November 14 and close on December 31, 2022. The registration fees for division A and B teams shall be N150,000 and N100,000 respectively to participate in the MGI Scrabble Premier League 2023 season.

MGI & NSF Membership Requirement

It is important to note that only fully paid-up members of MGI and NSFederation will be eligible to take part in the MGI Scrabble Premier League going forward. Team owners are advised to confirm membership eligibility before signing players into their team.

The MGI membership subscription shall be N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira Only) annually. The registration platform is up and running at

Have any questions or seek further clarification on the MSPL 2023 modalities? Ask Us.

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