Sunday league football

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A Sunday league match in Manchester in 2007. Such matches often take place in public parks without spectator accommodation or other facilities

Sunday league football is a term used in the United Kingdom to describe those association football leagues which play on Sunday, as opposed to the more usual Saturday. These leagues tend to be lower standard amateur competitions, whose players may have less ability or less time to devote to football. The term pub league can also be used, due to the number of public houses that enter teams.

Sunday leagues are sanctioned by the local County Football Association. There is no organised promotion or relegation between leagues, unlike in the National League System, which covers the top few levels of amateur football, although many leagues operate several divisions with promotion and relegation between them. However, ambitious Sunday teams may apply to join a Saturday league for a higher standard of football, and from there graduate to the FA-sanctioned leagues.

The FA Sunday Cup is a national knock-out competition for English Sunday league football teams administered by the FA. It was first staged in 1964.

The most prominent single location for Sunday league football is Hackney Marshes in east London. The oldest Sunday League in England is the Edmonton & District Sunday Football League, based in North London, which was formed in 1925.[1]

Sunday leagues also exist in Scotland, where they make use of local council-owned pitches and facilities for nominal fees and are known as Sunday amateur football, mostly coming away from the perception of "pub leagues".


  1. ^ "EDSFL - About us". EDSFL. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 

Hackney & Leyton Sunday Football League