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.

Dates for your Diary

27th June 2024
DFL Annual General Meeting
Club Attendance is Mandatory
The Hamworthy Club
Magna Road
Canford Magna
BH21 3AL

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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.
  • Useful Documents


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    Click to download advice and guidance on registering players
    The Dorset Football League
    Annual General Meeting

    Thursday 27th June 2024 at 19:30
    The Hamworthy Club
    Magna Road
    BH21 3AL

    Agenda Documents for the 2024 AGM

  • AGM 2023 Minutes
  • AGM 2024 Agenda
  • Chairman's Report
  • Balance Sheet 2024
  • P&L Accounts 2024
  • Proposed Leagues for 2024/2025

  • Saturday League 2024/2025
  • U18/U17 Leagues
  • Women League 2024/2025
  • Veteran's League 2024/2025
  • Rules for 2024/2025

  • Standard Code of Rules 2024/2025
  • Rule Alterations 2024
  • U18 Rules
  • Women's Rules 2024/2025
  • Veteran's Rules 2024/2025
  • Important Information for Secretaries

  • Important Advice for Club Secretries
  • 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

    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