Birmingham County Football Association

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Birmingham County Football Association
Birmingham FA Logo.jpg
Motto "At the heart of football,
in the heart of the country"
Formation 1875
Purpose Football Association
Headquarters Ray Hall Lane
Location
Chief Executive
Mike Pennick
Website Official Website

The Birmingham County Football Association, also simply known as Birmingham FA, is the governing body of football in the counties of West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. The Birmingham FA run 13 cup competitions at different levels for teams in the West Midland region. The County Football Association [1] was formed in 1875 and was affiliated with just 10 teams, now they are affiliated with 2,500 clubs.

History[edit]

The Association was formed in 1875 following a request from 10 teams. Originally called the Birmingham District and Counties Football Association. Charles Crump of Stafford Road Works FC, based in Wolverhampton was elected first President. John Campbell Ord appointed first Secretary.[2]

The Association now has over 4500 teams in over 50 leagues, with 7 professional clubs. There are also teams playing futsal or small sided football at dedicated centres.

The county encompasses Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry, North and South Warwickshire, Burton, Tamworth plus other parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire.[3]

County Cup Competitions[edit]

The Birmingham Senior Cup is the longest serving cup in the county dating back to 1875/76 season and is currently still being played.

Birmingham County FA organises 13 Cup Competitions.

All of the finals are either played at BCFA Headquarters or Semi-Professional Grounds around the County whilst the Senior Cup Final is played at one of the local Professional Club Grounds.[4]

Current competitions[edit]

Competition Holders (2013–14)
Birmingham Senior Cup West Bromwich Albion
Birmingham Saturday Vase Cadbury Athletic
Birmingham Saturday Junior Cup Netherton Athletic
Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup Bolehall Swifts
Birmingham Sunday Challenge Cup TBC
Birmingham Midweek Youth Cup Redditch United Floodlit U18s
Birmingham Sunday Junior Cup Old Crown Coventry
Birmingham Sunday Youth Cup Colron Boys U18s
Birmingham Womens Cup Coventry City Ladies
Birmingham Girls Cup Stourbridge Juniors Girls
Birmingham Minor Cup Northfield Town "Colts" U16's
Birmingham Veterans Cup TBC
Birmingham Sunday Vase Boldmere Falcons Senior

Defunct county competitions[edit]

Past Birmingham County Cup Competitions
Competition[5] Year Founded[5] Year Dissolved[5] Last Winners[5] Most Crowned Team[5]
Youth Cup (Sat & Sun) 1963/64 1992/93 Burton Albion Northfield Town (4)
Lord Mayor Of Birmingham Charity Cup 1990/91 1997/98 Moor Green Solihull Borough (3)
Campbell Orr Shield 1920/21 1994/95 Birmingham & Dist. A.F.A
Harrison Shield 1963/64 1994/95 Nuneaton & Dist. Sunday Football League
Featherstone Cup 1948/49 1987/88 Birmingham & Dist. A.F.A
Keegan Cup 1963/64 1992/93 Brandish Vauxhall Minor FL

Leagues[edit]

There are currently 52 mainstream Affiliated and Sanctioned Leagues through Birmingham County FA which include competitive football in organised Adult, Youth, Mini Soccer and Disability leagues.

The Birmingham County FA encourages and supports all Leagues to gain the FA Charter Standard accreditation.[6]

The Birmingham FA currently has 9 Charter Standard Leagues who are affiliated to the county.[7]

Below is a list of leagues who are currently affiliated with the Birmingham County F.A:
(Note: The Leagues highlighted in BOLD are Chartered Standard Leagues; Years in (brackets) denote the founded year of that particular league.)

Saturday Associations and Leagues[edit]

  • Birmingham & District Football League (1908)
  • Burton & District Football Association (1871)
  • Coventry Alliance League (1934)
  • Stratford Upon Avon Alliance (1896)
  • West Midlands Christian League (1979)
  • Wolverhampton Football Combination League (1903)

Minor / Youth Leagues[edit]

  • Burton Junior League, and Burton Mini Soccer League (1988)
  • Central Warwickshire Youth League (1969)
  • Coventry Minor League & Coventry Minor U8 Mini Soccer League
  • Mid Warwickshire Boys & Mid Warwickshire Junior Football League
  • Nuneaton & Bedworth Minor League (1969)
  • Sandwell Minor (2004)
  • Stourbridge & District Youth League
  • Tamworth Junior (Saturday & Sunday) League (1972)

Sunday Leagues[edit]

  • Beacon Sunday League (1977)
  • Burton & District Sunday League (1964)
  • Central Warwickshire Over 35's League (1979)
  • Coronation Alliance Football League (1948)
  • Coronation Football League (1952)
  • Coventry & Central Warwickshire League (1967)
  • Coventry & District Intermediate Sunday League (1966)
  • Coventry & District Premier Sunday League (1966)
  • Coventry & District Senior Sunday League (1962)
  • Dudley & Cradley Heath League (1910)
  • Festival Alliance League (1943)
  • Festival League (1951)
  • Festival Senior Amateur League (1951)
  • Festival Premier League (1951)
  • Leamington & Dist Sunday League (1966)
  • Nuneaton & District Sunday League (1966)
  • Redditch & South Warwickshire Combination (1925)
  • Rugby & District Sunday League
  • Sandwell District Football League (1954)
  • Sandwell Premier Football League (1967)
  • Solihull & District Oakbourne Sunday League
  • South Birmingham Sunday League & Sunday Premier League (1957)
  • Sutton & District Sunday Football League (1966)
  • Tamworth & District Sunday League
  • Warley Sunday League
  • Wolverhampton & District Sunday League (1958)

Women's Leagues[edit]

  • Birmingham County Womens League (2004)
  • West Midlands Regional Women's League

Girls Leagues[edit]

  • Central Warwickshire Girls League (1999)
  • Stourbridge & District Girls League
  • Midlands Girls Centre of Excellence Fixture Programme

Other Leagues/Competitions[edit]

  • Birmingham Ability Counts Leagues Adult, Youth, Girls, Wheelchair
  • Birmingham Communities League
  • Coventry & District Christian League & Cup (1998)
  • Midland Police Football League (1926)
  • Midlands Universities League (MUL) (2011)
  • Shapla Football League (1993)
  • West Midlands Travel League (1904)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County F.A's". thefa.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Football Time Line". Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Birmingham County Football Association About Us". Birmingham County F.A. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham County Football Association Cups". Birmingham County F.A. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Birmingham County Cups Past Winners". Birmingham FA. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Birmingham FA Leagues". Birmingham County FA. 
  7. ^ "Birmingham FA Charter Standard Leagues". Birmingham County FA. 

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