London Football Association
The London Football Association (LFA) is the regional Football Association for central London. The London FA was established in 1882 and is affiliated to The Football Association. The London FA administers all levels of men's, women's and junior football within its area, a circle 12 miles in radius with Charing Cross at the centre.
|Headquarters||11, Hurlingham Business Park|
The London Football Association (LFA) is unique for the reason that it is the only one founded by The Football Association. While others were founded to organise football locally around the country, Charles Alcock and Lord Kinnaird, then Secretary and Chairman of The FA, created the London FA to deal with local clubs and competitions while the main body focused on the Laws of the Game and international football matters.
According to the Memorandum on Areas and Overlapping of Associations the London FA covers the area 12 miles from Charing Cross. The association is ‘overlapped’ by a number of its colleague County FA ’s: Essex FA, Kent FA, Middlesex FA, Surrey FA and the Amateur Football Alliance.
The first Secretary was N.L. 'Pa' Jackson who was also serving on the FA Council. He was famous for founding the great Corinthians Football Club and is said to be the inventor of the international cap.
The London FA's other claim to fame is that its representative team was the first ever English team to play in a European final, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final in 1958 where they lost over two legs to Barcelona. Friendly matches had also been played against foreign opposition after the end of World War II, including annual matches in Belgium.
It has had many headquarters since its foundation in 1882, including Paternoster Row, St. Mark’s College Chelsea, Finsbury Barracks, Leytonstone, Manor Park, Barking, and Lewisham. It even stayed temporarily at Upton Park and Highbury during the Second World War, having been bombed out of its previous homes. The current headquarters in Fulham were moved into in August 2004. A centenary match for the association was played in 1981 between a London XI and an England XI at Highbury, however only 5,000 fans attended.
The London Football Association is one of the biggest in the country with over 2,000 clubs, about 1,000 referees and over 50 Leagues/Competitions.
The association has a history of long-serving, dedicated officials. For example, Tommy Kirkup served as Secretary for 44 years between 1903 and 1947. Basil Stallard is by far the longest serving Treasurer having been in that position since 1973. There have been only nine Presidents since 1882, Lionel Seymour being the current incumbent.
In 1922 the London Minor Football Association was founded for youth football. It became the London Youth Football Association and continues to administer youth football in the capital to this day. It did, however, come under the London FA Limited when it incorporated in 2001.
Both the Inner London County Schools Football Association and London Football Coaches Association work in collaboration with the London FA for the mutual benefit of its members. This provides participants in the capital with a complete range of opportunities in football.
The LFA runs high quality coaching courses throughout the year with one of the countries senior coach education tutors as Head Coach in John Drabwell. As a result of the Football Association’s National Game Strategy 2008–2012, the LFA has recruited a young and energetic development team under the leadership of Josie Clifford.
Disbanded or Amalgamated Leagues
Leagues that were affiliated to the London FA (or FA) but have disbanded or amalgamated with other leagues include:
Major non-League leagues
- Aetolian League
- Athenian League
- Corinthian League
- Delphian League
- Greater London League (formed by a merger of the Aetolian and London Leagues)
- London League
- Metropolitan League
- Metropolitan–London League (formed by a merger of the Metropolitan and Greater London Leagues)
- Parthenon League
- Spartan League (known as the London Spartan League for a few season following a merger with the Metropolitan–London League)
Member and Associated Clubs
It is difficult to provide a comprehensive list of those notable clubs that are (or at one time were) affiliated to the London FA. However, by identifying those clubs that have competed in the London Senior Cup along with those clubs that are (or were) located in the Greater London area it is possible to establish the following list:
County Cup Competitions
Today the London Football Association runs 9 different County Cup Competitions:
The LFA also formerly ran the following competitions:
List of recent London Cup Winners
|Season||London Senior Cup||London Intermediate Cup||London Junior Cup||London Women's Cup||London Women's Junior Cup|
|2000–01||Ford United||Corinthian-Casuals Reserves||Competition Void||Fulham Ladies|
|2001–02||Croydon||London City Athletic||TC Sports||Fulham Ladies|
|2002–03||Bromley||Cray Valley Paper Mills||Memorial Sports||Charlton Athletic Ladies|
|2003–04||Dulwich Hamlet||Cray Valley Paper Mills||Battersea||Arsenal Ladies|
|2004–05||Fisher Athletic||Metrogas||Real Phoenix||Charlton Athletic Ladies|
|2005–06||Fisher Athletic||Metrogas||Fenerbahce||Charlton Athletic Ladies|
|2006–07||Tooting & Mitcham United||Corinthian-Casuals Reserves||Tornados||Arsenal Ladies|
|2007–08||Tooting & Mitcham United||Metrogas||Flanders||Arsenal Ladies|
|2009–10||Metropolitan Police F.C.||Arsenal Ladies|
|2010–11||Wingate and Finchley||Cray Valley Paper Mills||AFC Sevenoaks||Arsenal Ladies||West Ham United Ladies|
List of recent London Sunday Cup & Veterans Winners
|Season||London Sunday Challenge Cup||London Sunday Intermediate Cup||London Sunday Junior Cup||London Veterans Cup|
|2000–01||Livingstone||Sporting Club Tropic||Regent Celtic|
|2001–02||Green Island United||Libra Arms||Black Horse||Reginald Vets|
|2002–03||Memorial Sports||Aris||Roebuck||Walthamstow Pennant Vets|
|2003–04||St Anselm’s||Aris||Mottingham Village||Walthamstow Pennant Vets|
|2004–05||Aris||Mehmetcik||Fenerbahce||Walthamstow Pennant Vets|
|2005–06||Aris||Albion Manor||Red Star (Camden)||Fisher Athletic (London)|
|2006–07||Akincilar||Frenford Sunday||Rolls Park||Baldon Sports|
|2007–08||New Salamis||Eureka||Clapton Rangers||Waltham Forest Vets|
|2008–09||Baldon Sports||Clapton Rangers||Cetinkaya Cinar|
|2010–11||New Salamis||Greengate||Yalova||Livingstone RARA|
Members of Council
Honorary Life Members
Directors & Officials
- "FA – Memorandum on Areas and Overlapping of Associations" (PDF). FA. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
- History of London Football Association, London FA
- FA Centenary Match: London FA 3 England 4, England Football Online
- "Welcome to the London Football Association". London FA. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
- "London FA – Leagues and Competitions". London FA. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
- "London FA – History of the LFA County Cups". London FA. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
- "London FA – About Us – Council". London FA. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "London FA – About Us – Board of Directors". London FA. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "London FA – About Us – Staff Contact". London FA. Retrieved 2011-06-23.