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.

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Click here to open and download the 2020/2021 DFL Player Registration Form

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.
  • Dates for your Diary


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    Email to Clubs from Nicky Speed, DFL General Secretary - 22 February 2021

    As you are probably aware the Government have said that Grassroots Football can restart on the 29 March 2021.

    The Dorset Football League are wishing to start the league again, firstly we need to know if your team wishes to continue playing football until the end of the season (31 May 2021). The Dorset League are able to continue into June but having already sought the opinions of the clubs, felt that this was not acceptable to all.

    Please can you indicate by no later than Monday 8 March 2021 whether or not your club wish to participate in the League.

    If I don’t receive a reply by Monday 8 March 2021, the Dorset League will assume that your club does not wish to participate.

    The Dorset Football League are committed to finishing the season and as per the initial wishes of the clubs they are currently considering two options which are the following:

    1. to play a Grouped League Cup Competition over April and May(format to be established in due course).
    2. to play each other on a 1 match only basis with the best result being used if a team has already played the other twice(if some teams do not wish to play this option may not be available)

    If you can also express your preferred option when submitting your reply this would be appreciated.
    These views are those of Saturday League teams only and Mike Dobson will be contacting Under 18 and Veterans teams direct to advise them of their options.

    Kind Regards
    Nicola Speed
    General Secretary
    Dorset Football League

    FA Statement Issued 22 February 2021

    We welcome the UK Government’s update today regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions which means we can look forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March for both adults and children.

    With this new clarity around timings, we will continue to work with Government on plans for a safe return for grassroots football across England and will communicate updated guidance as soon as we can.

    We can also confirm that the 2020-21 grassroots season has been extended until the end of June in order to provide additional flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures this season if they wish to do so.

    Please note: the extension does not apply to the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6, Regional NLS Feeder Leagues and the Women’s Football Pyramid from Tier 3 and below, including County Leagues at Tier 7, as the process to determine the preferred route forward for these competitions is currently ongoing. We will provide a further update on this in due course.

    Charter Standard Status - Now available for Applications

    We have been informed by the DCFA that application may again be made to gain Charter Standard status.

    Please contact Derek Hansford if you need assistance with your application.

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    Click here for the FA Guidance on Charter Standard