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.
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
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
(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):-
Affiliation Number (all clubs must be affiliated to a County FA - see www.amateur-fa.com)
List of results for fixtures played in the
current season (we expect the club to have played at least ten games).
Code, together with its accounts
for the current season.
Estimate of the number of playing members in the Club.
Details of its proposed ground and hospitality
Out Prospective New Clubs
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.
approved by the Amenities Committee who wish to formalise their
application, must then submit a formal application to both John
(Chairman of the Amenities Committee), and Ian
Andrews (League Secretary) by 31st March to be considered
formally for the following season.
addition to the information supplied above, the formal application should also include:-
from two Full Member Clubs of the AFC, proposing and seconding 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.
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.
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
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.
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.