Southern Counties East Football League
|Number of teams||17|
|Level on pyramid||9|
|Feeder to||Isthmian League|
|Relegation to||Kent Invicta Football League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Kent League Cup|
The Southern Counties East Football League is an English football league for teams based in Kent and south east London, which was established in 1966. Until 2013 it was known as the Kent League, which was also the name of a similar league which existed from 1894 until 1959.
The first Kent League was formed in 1894 and folded in 1959. Despite many of the same clubs having spells in membership, there is no direct connection between the two competitions.
The current incarnation of the league was formed in 1966 as the Kent Premier League (changing to Kent Football League in 1968), and in its early years many of its members were reserve sides of Southern League teams. Gradually, the reserve sides were all shifted down into the lower divisions.
In 2013 the league changed its name to the Southern Counties East League, to reflect the fact that many of its member clubs no longer played within the county of Kent.
The league has only one division. In the past it included additional divisions for reserve teams. The league is now at Step 5 of the National League System (which equates to Level 9 of the overall English football league system), with clubs able to move upwards to the Step 4 divisions of the Isthmian League. Prior to the 2011–12 season, clubs could get relegated to the Kent County League, although in practice this rarely happened. The formation of the new Kent Invicta Football League for the 2011–12 season now means there is a Step 6 league allowing for more frequent promotion/relegation between the Southern Counties East League and the Kent Invicta League.
List of champions
- "Kent Football League change name to Southern Counties East Football League for 2013/14 season". Kent Online. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.