Devon County Football Association

The Devon County Football Association, also simply known as the Devon FA, is the governing body of football in the county of Devon. The Devon FA was founded in 1888 in Plymouth.[1]

Devon County Football Association
Devon County FA logo
PurposeFootball association
Coordinates50.522472°N 3.6064875°W / 50.522472; -3.6064875
Bernard Leach

They run a number of league and cup competitions for teams of all levels across the county, and representative teams for Senior Ladies, Under 18 Men and Under 18 Ladies.[2]


The Devon County Football Association was formed in 1888 at a meeting held in the pavilion of Plymouth Cricket Club, which is now the Astor Playing Fields at Cattedown. The founding clubs were:

  • Plymouth F.C.
  • Plymouth United
  • Argyle Athletic FC
  • Plymouth College
  • Newton
  • Carlton Oaks
  • Tavistock Grammar School
  • Mannamead School

Initially the County FA established a set of rules for members and oversaw friendlies and inter county representative matches. The first County Representative match took place in March 1888 at Weston-super-Mare against Somerset County FA where they were defeated by two goals to nil. The return fixture in April also ended in a defeat by two goals to three. In 1889, the County Cup competition, the Challenge Cup, was inaugurated. The first winners were Tavistock Town who defeated Plymouth FC in the final.[1]


Devon is one of the largest County FA's by geographic area. There are five affiliated Saturday men's leagues, one Women's league, four Sunday leagues and a Wednesday league. They are:



  • Devon Women's League


  • Exeter and District Sunday League
  • Torbay Sunday League
  • North Devon Sunday League
  • Plymouth and West Devon Sunday League
  • Devon Wednesday League

Additionally there are 8 Junior Boy's leagues and one Girl's league. Affiliated clubs also play in other Football Association and Football League competitions. These include the three senior clubs that play in Football League Two (as of 2013) of Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Torquay United.

County Cups

The Devon St Lukes Challenge Cup is the senior county knockout cup competition. Other cup competitions include:

  • St Lukes Challenge Cup
  • Devon Premier Cup
  • Devon Senior Cup
  • Devon Intermediate Cup
  • Devon Veterans Cup
  • Devon Midweek Cup
  • Devon Sunday Supplementary Cup
  • Devon Under 13 Boys Cup
  • Devon Under 14 Boys Cup
  • Devon Under 15 Boys Cup
  • Devon Under 16 Boys Cup
  • Devon Under 18 Youth Cup
  • Devon Women's Senior Cup
  • Devon Women's Supplementary Cup
  • Devon Under 13 Girls Cup
  • Devon Under 15 Girls Cup
  • Devon Under 16 Girls Cup


  1. "The History Of Devon County Football Association". Archived from the original on 3 February 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  2. "Representative Sides". Devon County Football Association. Retrieved 30 July 2009.

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