Introduction to the Dorset Football League

The Dorset Football League was formed for the 2009/2010 season and is affiliated to Dorset County Football Association.

As a very active League we run a Senior League and five additional Adult divisions. We also run an under 18 league, a Veterans' League and a Womens' League.

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Documents for 2023/2024 Season

Click here to open and download the 2022/2023 DFL Player Registration Form

DFL Substitutes - Rule Clarification
  • Rule 19(F) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use substitute Players in any Competition Match.
  • A Club may name up to 5 substitute Players of whom not more than 5 may be used. A Player who has been substituted himself becomes a substitute and may replace a Player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football.
  • Therefore, where a Competition does allow return substitutes, a Club may use up to 5 from 5 substitute Players in a Competition Match.
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    Unfortunately, Bashley U18s have withdrawn from Division 1 of the U18 League with effect from
    7th April 2024

    Dorset Football League Applications

    The Dorset Football League is now accepting applications from clubs at all levels for the 2024/2025 Season

    Click here to download and complete the entry form

    Please email the completed form to:

    General Secretary (Nicky Speed) and Head of Governance (Malcolm Maidment)

    U18 Discipline Trial

  • The U18 have been nominated to take part in a trial being run by DCFA.
  • It is to do with Discipline towards the match day officials.
  • Attached a copy of what needs to happen on match days and this is to start on Sunday 14 January 2024.
  • Please can you pass this onto your managers who I would then ask to pass onto coaches, players and also parents.
  • Discipline Trial January 2024

    Official DFL Player Registration Forms

  • Saturday Registration Form
  • Womens Registration Form
  • Youth Registration Form

    Please check kits to avoid clashess

    Please would all visiting clubs check the email from their hosts to ensure that there is no clash of kit colours

    As a recent example it is not ideal for a visiting club to play in red when the home team play in orange


    All clubs with open age teams will be required to have a named Club Welfare Officer at the point of affiliation from 2023 – 2024 season onwards.

    All open age teams with 16/17 year old players must ensure that the team coaches have an in date FA DBS in place.

    It is the responsibility of clubs to ensure that they are aware of any 16/17 year olds playing, and to adhere to the FA DBS requirements.

    England Football Accreditation
    Click to read the guidance document

    Please note deadline for England Football re-accreditation 30 April

    If you have any questions please contact Jemma Tewkesbury at Dorset FA (01202 688279) or Derek Hansford (01305 268722)

    Piddlehinton United FC has completed their Accreditation - Please feel free to download as a good example

    Accredication Contacts for other local Leagues

    Premier League/Football Foundation Defibrillator Fund
    Click here for details of the Defibrillator Fund

    Important Information re Discipline

    At a recent Disciplinary Sub-committee meeting the following procedure was agreed in respect of Rule 20.E.1
    (In the event of a Club failing to keep to its fixture):

    Clubs will be charged and asked to either:

      a - accept the charge
      b - accept the charge and supply mitigation
      c - deny the charge
      d - put their case before the Management Committee

    If the charge is accepted or the supplied mitigation is not accepted by the Discipline Sub-committee the following penalties will be applied:

    First Offence
    £60 fine plus one league point deduction
    Second Offence
    £80 fine plus two league points deduction
    Third Offence
    £100 fine plus three league points deduction
    Fourth Offence
    Called to appear before the Management Committee – fine could be as much as the maximum £250 with potential expulsion from the League

    This applies to 2022-23 only and will be reviewed at the end of the season.

    Documents Released by the FA on England Accredited Clubs - Feb 2022

    Please click on the below links to view the documents

    Delivery Plan
    Guidance Notes

    Update to Adult League Safeguarding from 2022/2023

    Please click here to read update from Natalie Wood, DCFA Football Development Officer

    Dorset Women's Football League

  • The Dorset Women's Football League now have their own website
  • Click Here