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.
  • 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.

    Please check our Facebook Page

    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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    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


    Dorset Football League Update - 15 March 2021

    End of Season Mini League Cup Competition 2020/2021

    Dorset Women's Football League

    The DFL Management Committee met on 11 March to discuss how to end the league this season.

    At the meeting the DFL Management Committee agreed to declare the season 20-21 Null and Void.

    All clubs had been asked for their preferred option to conclude the season. The majority of clubs were in favour of running a Grouped Cup Competition, for the remainder of the season. A small number of clubs advised that they did not wish to continue playing this season.

    More details for the League Cup Competition will be sent to you in due course from Jeanette Draper (League Secretary).

    Clubs are reminded that all national and FA guidelines regarding COVID should continue to be adhered too. The FA guidelines could be updated at any time and these will be put on the DFL Website.

    Any club who wishes to be placed in a different division next season should put their reasons/request in writing to the General Secretary for consideration.

    Kind Regards

    Geoff Pike (Chairman)

    Nicky Speed (DFL General Secretary)

    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