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Amateur Football Alliance

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The Amateur Football Alliance is a County Football Association in England. It is unusual among County FAs in not serving a particular geographical area. It was founded in 1907, as the Amateur Football Defence Foundation, quickly changed to Amateur Football Association, when The FA required all county associations to admit professional clubs. Its aim was, as the decline of amateurism at the highest levels of football set in, to protect and preserve the original amateur spirit. It prides itself on the skill and competitiveness of its leagues, and on its traditions of fair play and respect for opponents and match officials. Many leagues still maintain rules that require clubs to provide food and drink to their opponents and match officials after the match in a clubhouse or public house.


  • History 1
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


Following the general meeting of

  • Official website of the Amateur Football Alliance
  • History from The AFA and London Society of Association Referees

External links

  • Morris, Terry (2015). In A Class of Their Own: A History of English Amateur Football. Chequered Flag Publishing.  

Further reading

  1. ^ a b "Amateur Football Association". Nottingham Evening Post (9000) ( 
  2. ^ a b "The Amateur Football Association". The Lichfield Mercury (1472) ( 
  3. ^ "Action of Oxford University". Western Daily Press 99 (15418) ( 
  4. ^ "Sporting Paragraphs". Nottingham Evening Post (9183) ( 
  5. ^ "Public School Players and the Association". Western Daily Press 99 (16461) ( 
  6. ^ "Footballers and the Compensation Act". Evening Telegraph and Post (9556) ( 
  7. ^ "Oxford University Join the Amateur Association". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (18818) ( 
  8. ^ "The Football Association". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (18728) ( 
  9. ^ "Army and Navy Loyal to FA". The Lancashire Daily Post (6482) ( 


The AFA's heartland is in London and the Home Counties, but it has member clubs throughout the nation.

Four current AFA clubs are former FA Cup winners: Old Etonians and Old Carthusians, who both currently play in the Arthurian League, Clapham Rovers and Wanderers, who play in the Surrey South Eastern Combination. Past members of the AFA include Ipswich Town, Barnet, Cambridge City, the Casuals and the Corinthians. Sir Stanley Rous, who was president of FIFA, was also the president of the AFA. The AFA's flagship competition is the AFA Senior Cup which is contested by AFA-affiliated clubs on Saturday afternoons. Most of these clubs enter one of the three AFA-affiliated Saturday leagues, the Southern Amateur League, Amateur Football Combination and the Arthurian League, the SAL having been founded in the same year as the AFA (1907) by more or less the same group of people.

A number of teams were forced to choose between one association or the other. Cambridge University pledged their allegiance to the Amateur Football Association and in response, so did Oxford University although they would have preferred to remain neutral between the two.[7] Both the Leicestershire and Essex Football Association were early supporters of the actions of the Football Association against the AFA.[8] Meanwhile, both the Army and Royal Navy Football Associations took the question of which Association to support by holding a vote of its member clubs; this resulting in both remaining with the Football Association.[9]

The Football Association responded by banning amateur players from playing for professional clubs,[3] and resulted in the end of the Sheriff of London Charity Shield after the FA refused to provide a professional team for the match, and barred all its members from either playing or providing facilities.[4] However a later resolution by the FA meant that any player who had played for his school, college or university team which was a member of the Amateur Football Association was not banned from playing for a professional team.[5] Furthermore, the FA asked the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Football Association not to recognise the formation of the AFA.[6]

[1] offered to provide a trophy for a new cup competition.Corinthians and the [2] was elected as the first president of the new society,Lord Alverstone [2] proposed the formation of the Association, which was seconded by N.C. Bailey. It was stated that the foundation of the Association wasn't in opposition to professionalism in sport but instead to the "fungus growth which had become attached to the machinery of football management".Clapham Rovers, before B.A. Glanville of MP Alfred Lyttelton They were addressed by [1]

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