Joining the Amateur Football Combination
We welcome new members to the Amateur Football Combination, whether it be new clubs, new referees (already qualified, or those interested in qualifying and joining the league) or simply new players looking for a club. We believe the Amateur Football Combination is the biggest football league in Europe, with over ninety clubs and more than three hundred sides playing Saturday afternoons from September through to May, although some clubs run Veterans and Youth sides playing on Sundays.
New referees are welcome to apply to join the league panel at any time - regardless of your age or standard, we are confident we can find the level of game to suit you. Please check out the Referees Section of the website for more details.
New players should contact local clubs directly. Check out the Club Details page to look for local clubs (the regions in which they play are shown, and the Clubs Map page may also help, where you may also find details of club websites) and then contact the clubs direct via their pages.
We always welcome applications from new clubs, but we do want to make sure you are serious about your football, and being members of the Amateur Football Combination. Our entry requirements might seem hard to satisfy, but that's because we want to ensure well run clubs apply to join us.
Prospective new clubs should read carefully the AFC Competition Rules, and in particular note rule 2b, which requires applications for membership to be submitted before 31st March preceding the next season.
Full Member Clubs - Initial Expression of Interest
New clubs should note that there is a formal procedure for application to join the league. Applications from Clubs wishing to join the Amateur Football Combination must be informally submitted to John Maskell email@example.com Chairman of the Amenities Committee by 31st December), and should include the following information (we will not consider any application if any of these are missing):-
Checking Out Prospective New Clubs
The period between 31st December and 31st March gives the Amenities Committee time to vet the application, check ground facilities, check on Disciplinary Records and so forth, and approaches from new clubs which arrive after 31st December will not normally be considered.
Clubs approved by the Amenities Committee who wish to formalise their application, must then submit a formal application to both John Maskell (Chairman of the Amenities Committee), and Ian Andrews (League Secretary) by 31st March to be considered formally for the following season.
In addition to the information supplied above, the formal application should also include:-
The Amenities Committee will make a recommendation of membership to the AFC Executive Committee, normally at its May meeting, and the Executive will then confirm which prospective new clubs are to be recommended for membership at the AFC Annual General Meeting (held in June). Prospective new clubs are expected to attend the AGM, and assuming they are elected new clubs enter the league on "probation", and normally confirmed as full members after one year playing league football.
If accepted into the League, the Club will be required to affiliate to the Amateur Football Alliance (as well as your parent County FA, if that is different), for which you will also need a proposer and seconder.
Associate Membership is targeted at new clubs who are accepted on a trial basis playing friendlies, with a view to applying to join the Amateur Football Combination in a season or two, and may be of particular interest to Youth Clubs who are looking to expand into Adult football. Normally such clubs are asked to "play a season of friendlies" prior to joining the league, and Associate Membership has been introduced to help new clubs to organise these friendlies.
Associate Membership allows a club to have its details published on the website and receive the weekly bulletin, in order to arrange friendly games, but does not allow the club to play league football, nor have any voting rights within the league. Click here for more details about Associate Membership.
It should be made clear that Associate Membership is not a prerequisite of applying to join the AFC, and is not expected to be suitable for all clubs. Existing adult clubs playing in other leagues who decide to apply to join the AFC are unlikely to be required to apply for Associate Membership and play a season of friendlies.
As long as they make their applications by the deadlines shown above their applications will be considered in the normal way.