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 and a Veteran League each split to consist of two divisions.

Annoucement by the FA on England Accedited Clubs

Following national consultation with people in the game it’s clear that, after 20 years, the accreditation framework needs to change to create more chances for more players to play

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We understand that current Charter Standard clubs will transfer to the new England Football Accreditation scheme

24 March 2021 - Click on the below documents to view latest guidance documents
DCMS Guidance on non-elite sport from 29th March 2021
FA Guidance on return to grassroots football from 29th March 2021
DCMS/FA Roadmap
29th March 2021
  • Outdoor grassroots football returns – following all FA guidance.
  • No spectators.
  • No changing rooms.
  • No hospitality.
  • No earlier than 12th April 2021
  • Indoor football for under 18s returns – subject to Government approval.
  • Socially-distanced spectators permitted - in accordance with Government guidelines.
  • Changing rooms can be used – following strict Covid-19 protocols.
  • Outdoor food and drink allowed – following the rule of six or two households.
  • No earlier than 17th May 2021
  • Organised indoor football returns – subject to Government approval.
  • Socially distanced spectators permitted - in accordance with Government guidelines.
  • Changing rooms can be used – following strict Covid-19 protocols. Indoor food and drink allowed – following the rule of six or two households
  • No earlier than 21st June 2021
  • No legal limits on gathering.
  • Larger events allowed.

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    Documents for 2020/2021 Season

    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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    Update on FA Guidance for non-elite football from 17 May 2021

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    DFL Supplementary Cup - Details of Semi-Finals

    Details of Semi-finals as they are announced
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    DFL Supplementary Cup - Details of Finals

    All Finals to take place at Milborne Sports Ground, Lane End, Milborne St Andrews, DT11 0JA

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    Saturday 22 May
    Division 4 Final
    Saturday 22 May
    Division 5 Final
    Saturday 29 May
    Division 2 Final
    Saturday 29 May
    Division 3 Final
    Monday 31 May
    Senior League Final
    Monday 31 May
    Division 1 Final

    FA Update on grassroots football for Step 2 from 12 April 2021

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    Please be aware that this new guidance does not allow spectators at your games until Step 3 on 17 May if your ground is on private land

    Dorset Women's Football League

  • At a S.G.M. of the Dorset Women’s League held on 30th March I am very pleased to announce the Club’s voted unanimously to a switch of governance
  • As from next season 2021-22 the Dorset Women’s League (Competitive Football) will come under the auspices of the Dorset League.
  • We bid a very warm welcome to the Women’s League in agreeing to join the Dorset Football League set-up and very much look forward to the Ladies continuing to enjoy their football with us.
  • Further details appertaining to everything relating to the Women’s Football League will be published shortly.
  • We are pleased to announce Paul Gibbons has agreed to be the dedicated Secretary to the Women’s League.
  • Geoff. (Chairman, D.F.L.)
  • End of Season Mini League Cup Competition 2020/2021