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What are the benefits to students?

By participating in the CEFA league, you will have the opportunity to play football in a competition governed by EFL and play competitive football against other EFL Clubs.

Who can play in the CEFA league?

Any person registered on a post-16 education pathway with their Club Community Organisation is eligible to play in the league. This may be within the Club Community Organisation or in partnership with a local college or sixth-form.

Players must be under the age of 19 as of the 31st August 2022. Any Club Community Organisations that have passed the Capability Process will be eligible to enter teams into the league.

Do learners have to be registered on BTEC Level 3 Sport to take part in the competition?

No. The competition is open to all students on a post-16 education programme under the age of 19.

Is CEFA just for elite players?

No. The competition is aimed at providing playing opportunities for young people with a passion for football, regardless of their ability. The competition aims to inspire young people to achieve their education goals and develop life skills through football – an ethos that Club Community Organisations are familiar with through many different programmes.

Are there chances to progress through the league?

The competition is intended to provide an opportunity for young people to play football at a level suitable for them whilst studying at the same time. Inevitably players can be signposted from routes such as academy football, and it is possible for a player to develop from this competition into the professional game.

However, please note, these are by-products of the programme rather than it aims.

What are the requirements to enter a team into the CEFA league?

The Constitution and Rules clearly lay out the conditions of entry. Rules are reviewed by the CEFA League Management Committee each season. For a copy of the latest rule book, please email:

How is the competition organised?

Fixtures are to be played on a home and away basis in regional leagues of approximately 8-10 teams. Teams will also have the option to opt into the cup competition alongside the league campaign. The exact format will be determined once the number of teams is known.

How do you register for next season?

To register for the 2022/23 season, please complete the Application Form to enter teams in the EFL Community & Education Football Alliance. You can download the form here.

The teams must also be registered with your County FA. For any questions on registration please email For further queries on the Community and Education Football Alliance or if you require any further assistance, please email