Welcome To The Derby Junior Football League
Affectionately known as the "Community League", we were formed many years ago by Derby City Council as a service to children in deprived inner city areas. The Council designed the competition so that all matches would be played at central venues (city parks) with no traditional home and away. In this way, Clubs did not have to invest in their own facilities.
With the advent of mini-soccer in the late 90’s and more recently the 9v9 format at U11 and U12, the League found it was the only body able to provide these new formats. Popularity has continued to grow year-on-year presenting a substantial challenge to the League and facility providers as we try to accommodate one of the fastest growing sports in the country - kids football.
The control of the League was handed over to member clubs in March 2005 and renamed the Derby Community Mini-Soccer League. Since this time, it has become financially viable and has grown in numbers by around 10% each year. In 2008, the name was abbreviated to the Derby Mini-Soccer League and then to the Derby Junior Football League in 2012 when we formally adopted the 9v9 format at Under 12's.
Currently, Under 7's and Under 8's play on the ATP surface at Derby College, Mackworth whilst Under 9's and Under 10's play at Derby Racecourse. The Under 11's play at Osmaston Park and Bemrose School whilst the Under 12's play at Alvaston Park. In 2015 we embark on a new partnership with Derby City Council which will give us access to more 9v9 pitches at the prestigious Markeaton Park.
- The League is committed to the continued development of the sport and intends to be an `early adopter’ and/or pilot of new initiatives suggested by the governing body.
- The League is committed to implementing a structure and rigor that results in more children enjoying the sport and eliminates poor pitch-side behaviour.
- The League’s aim is to teach children to accept winning and losing in the same light whilst enjoying a healthy sporting pastime.
A Charter Standard League
In 2009 the League became the first in Derbyshire to achieve Charter Status. We then went on to become the Charter Standard League Of The Year for an unprecedented five years in succession.
The League is fully focused on the challenges ahead. This includes supporting and increasing the number of players and teams within the League, providing better facilities for new formats of the game and improving the quality of football.