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Central Midlands Football League

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Central Midlands Football League

North Division South Division +2 Reserve divisions

Number of teams
31 16 (North Division) 15 (South Division)

Level on pyramid
11th (North and South Divisions)

Feeder to
Northern Counties East League East Midlands Counties League

The Central Midlands Football League is an English football league covering the northeast-central part of England. Formed in 1971 as the South Derbyshire League, changing name initially to the Derbyshire League before taking on its current name in 1983, it covers Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. The league's current sponsor is Windsor Foodservice.

The number of divisions has varied over time as follows

  • 1983–84 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier First and Premier
  • 1984–85 – three divisions: Central, Premier First and Premier
  • 1985–86 – two divisions: Central and Premier
  • 1986–87 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier and First
  • 1987–88 to 1989–90 – two divisions: Supreme and Premier
  • 1990–91 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier and First
  • 1991–92 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier North and Premier South
  • 1992–93 to 2010–11 – two divisions: Supreme and Premier
  • 2011–12 to present – two divisions: North and South
  • Within the English football league system, the Central Midlands League's two divisions, called the North Division and South Division, are considered part of the National League System (at Step 7), while the two reserve divisions are not. Four clubs from the previously-named Premier Division had the distinction of being the lowest-ranked clubs, and only ones outside the NLS, accepted for the 2006–07 FA Vase. For the 2008–09 season, eight of the leading sides left the Central Midlands League to join forces with eight clubs from the Leicestershire Senior League to form a new league, the East Midlands Counties League, at Step 6 of the National League System. For the 2015-16 season reserve teams of clubs who play higher up the pyramid were allowed to participate in the league for the first time.

    Champions of the North Division are eligible (if they meet ground standards) for promotion to the Northern Counties East League Division One and champions of the South Division are eligible for promotion to the East Midlands Counties League, and some clubs have progressed from the CML to the National League North and Northern Premier League. A representative side from the league takes part in the FA Inter-League Cup.

    Local leagues below the Central Midlands League on the pyramid are the Doncaster and District Senior League and the Midlands Regional Alliance. In most cases these have multiple divisions or feeder leagues of their own.

    League Challenge Cup

    The league also runs the Central Midlands League Challenge Cup, which is contested by every club in the league.


    Central Midlands Football League Wikipedia

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