Wiltshire Football Association
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|M G Benson|
The Wiltshire County Football Association is the governing body of football in the county of Wiltshire. Its headquarters are located in Swindon.Affiliated members pay a fee commensurate with the level of competition they play in. Affiliated members benefit from access to support and guidance on such areas as health and safety and access to finance or grants. The County FA is directly responsible for the governance of County Cup competitions.
Clubs located within the geographical area of the Wiltshire county boundaries are eligible for affiliation to the Association, including those participating at the higher levels of the Football League System in England. The Council has representation from the six geographic areas of the County, namely North Swindon; South Swindon; South Wilts, East Wilts, West Wilts and North West Wilts.
Swindon Town F.C. are the highest placed affiliated club in the County, playing in League One (Tier 3) of the Football League. Chippenham Town F.C. are the next highest rank affiliate playing in the Southern Premier League (Tier 7) followed by Swindon Supermarine in the Southern League Division 1 South & West (Tier 8). Salisbury City were removed from the Football Conference in June 2014 due to debts, this means Chippenham will become the second highest club in Wiltshire.
The county is in the catchment area of the Wessex Leagues, Hellenic Leagues and the Western Leagues at Tier 9 to 11. The Wiltshire Football League founded in 1976 is also at Tier 11.
The Wiltshire League is the County's Senior League wholly in its control. Other leagues include Swindon & District League (1891), Salisbury & District League (1892), Trowbridge & District League (1896), Wiltshire County Women's League (2000), Nadder Valley League (1920) and the Inter Dept. Post Office League (1991).
The Wiltshire County Senior Cup founded in 1886 is the senior knockout competition in the county, competed by clubs at Tier 9-11. The Wiltshire Premier Shield was founded in 1927 and was contested by those teams in higher leagues until recently when only the top four were invited. There are two other Cup competitions designated as being Senior, the Wiltshire League Senior Cup and the Salisbury Hospital Cup.
There are 22 Junior Cup competitions and 4 League/6 Cup competitions at Youth Status. There are 4 League and 19 Minor cup competitions for Under 16s. In addition there are 3 Sunday Leagues and 9 Sunday Cup competitions. Also 2 Women's Leagues and 4 Women's Cup competitions.