Kenyan football league system

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The Kenyan football league system is a series of several interconnected leagues for football clubs in Kenya.

Structure and history[edit]

The top level league is the Premier League and below it is Division One, which is divided into two zones for the Eastern and Western halves of Kenya, which are further divided into two groups from various regions in Eastern and Western Kenya. Below that is the Provincial League, divided into provincial divisions based on the Provinces of Kenya (except for North Eastern, some of which are further divided into a number of zones. Below that is the County League and the bottom level District League. In women's football, there is the Premier League as the top tier league, above Division One.

In November 2012, the Football Kenya Federation began talks to create Division Two, which, if approved, will go above the Provincial League as the third tier. The proposal says that the league will be made of 16 teams; the four relegated teams from both zones of Division One and one team from each of the eight provincial leagues. The 16 teams will be divided into two zones of eight teams each on the same basis as Division One in terms of locations of teams in the zones. The winners from each zone would be promoted to their respective zones in Division One, e.g. the winner from Zone A in Division Two would be promoted to Zone A in Division One.[1]

On 25 April 2013, the Football Kenya Federation decided to slash the league to 20 teams for the 2014 season. For that to happen, it was decided that the league will consist of top 5 teams in each zone (except the two teams that win the promotion play-offs) in addition to the two relegated Premier League teams. The remaining 29 teams will be relegated to FKF Division Two, which will begin next season, along with the 8 teams promoted from the Provincial League.[2]

On 10 July 2013, it was announced that the Football Kenya Federation introduced a new league system to take effect from the beginning of the 2014 season.[3] For the 2015 season, the Kenyan Premier League will be contested by 18 teams, up from 16 for the 2014 season.[4]

System[edit]

Level League/Division(s)
1
Premier League
Premier League
16 clubs
2
Super League
Zone A
12 clubs
Zone B
12 clubs
3
Division One
Zone A
20 clubs
Zone B
20 clubs
4
Provincial Leagues
Nyanza League
20 clubs
Western League
20 clubs
Rift Valley League
20 clubs
Central League
20 clubs
Nairobi League
20 clubs
Eastern League
20 clubs
North Eastern League
20 clubs
Coast League
20 clubs
5
County
Champions League
Baringo League Bomet League Bungoma League Busia League Embu League Garissa League Isiolo League Kiambu League
Elgeyo-Marakwet League Homa Bay League Kajiado League Kakamega League Kilifi League Kirinyaga League Kitui League Kwale League
Kericho League Kisii League Kisumu League Laikipia League Lamu League Machakos League Makueni League Mandera League
Migori League Nakuru League Nandi League Narok League Marsabit League Meru League Mombasa League Murang'a League
Nyamira League Samburu League Siaya League Trans-Nzoia League Nairobi A. League Nairobi B. League Nyandarua League Nyeri League
Turkana League Uasin Gishu League Vihiga League West Pokot League Taita-Taveta League Tana River League Tharaka-Nithi League Wajir League
6
Sub-County Leagues
Sub-County Leagues

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FKF to consider creation of Division 2". Futaa.com. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Patrick Korir (25 April 2013). "Signed and sealed; Div 1 to have 20 teams in 2014". Futaa.com. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Amos Abuga (10 July 2013). "New FKF soccer Structure to be implemented next year". MichezoAfrika.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Kevin Teya (25 November 2014). "FKF: Decision on 18 - Team KPL is final and irreversible". Futaa.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014.