Manchester Football Association

The Manchester Football Association (also known as the Manchester FA) is the governing body for association football in the centre of the city of Manchester, England. They are responsible for the governance and development of football at all levels in the area.[1]

Manchester Football Association
PurposeFootball association
HeadquartersAcademy Building
Platt Lane Complex Yew Tree Road
Colin Bridgford


Manchester Football Association aims to establish safe and structured football opportunities for the benefit of all concerned irrespective of age, colour, gender and ability. The MFA provide the appropriate structures and systems to enable the association to manage, regulate and promote the game of football within the County. This also enables them to assist with the development of the game at all levels, ensuring they are able to increase the quality and levels of participation across a broad spectrum of players, officials, parents and supporters in the County.

The administrative area covered by the Manchester FA and Lancashire County FA overlaps. According to the Memorandum on Areas and Overlapping of Associations the Manchester FA covers the area 12 miles from Manchester Town Hall.[2]

Manchester FA has relocated their Administration Headquarters to the Platt Lane Complex. The offices were opened at their new Headquarters in 2014.[3]

Affiliated Leagues

Disbanded or Amalgamated Leagues

A number of leagues that were affiliated to the Manchester FA have disbanded or amalgamated with other leagues including:

  • Ashton and District League
  • Ashton and District Sunday League (formed in 1959 and disbanded in 2010)
  • Blackley Amateur Sunday League
  • Bury Amateur League
  • Eccles and District Amateur League
  • Manchester Amateur League
  • Manchester and District Alliance
  • Oldham Amateur League
  • Reddish and District Junior League (now known as the East Manchester Junior League)
  • Rochdale Alliance (disbanded in 2017)
  • Rusholme Sunday League
  • Salford Sunday League
  • South Manchester and Wythenshawe League

Affiliated Member Clubs

Among the notable clubs that are affiliated to the Manchester FA are:

Clubs in the Premier League and The Football League that located in the Manchester area include:

Other clubs that are affiliated to the Manchester FA include:

  • Atherton Town
  • AVRO
  • Beechfield United
  • Breightmet United
  • Bury Amateurs
  • Chapel Town
  • Dean Youth & Ladies
  • Dukinfield Town
  • East Manchester
  • Elton Vale
  • Fives Athletic
  • GM Police 'D' Division
  • Heywood St. James
  • Hindsford
  • Hollinwood
  • Leigh Athletic
  • Manchester Gregorians
  • Manchester Maccabi
  • Manchester Utd Supporters
  • Monton Amateurs
  • Old Altrinchamians
  • Old Stretfordians
  • Pennington
  • Rochdale Sacred Heart
  • Royton Town
  • Salford Victoria
  • Springhead
  • Stand Athletic
  • Standians
  • Stockport Georgians
  • Stretford Victoria
  • Urmston Meadowside
  • Walshaw Sports
  • West Didsbury & Chorlton
  • Whitworth Valley
  • Wilmslow Albion
  • Wythenshawe Town

County Cup Competitions

The Manchester FA run the following Cup Competitions:

  • Manchester Senior Cup
  • Manchester Premier Cup
  • Manchester Challenge Trophy
  • Manchester Amateur Cup
  • Manchester Amateur Sunday Cup
  • Manchester Sunday Shield
  • Charter Standard Adult (Men's) Cup Competition
  • Manchester Youth U11 (9 v 9) Cup
  • Manchester Youth U11 Cup
  • Manchester Youth U12 Cup
  • Manchester Youth U13 Cup
  • Manchester Youth U14 Cup
  • Manchester Youth U15 Cup
  • Manchester Youth U16 Cup
  • Manchester Youth U18 Cup
  • Girls & Women's OPEN AGE County Cup
  • Girls & Women's U12 County Cup
  • Girls & Women's U14 County Cup
  • Girls & Women's U16 County Cup


List of Manchester Challenge Shield Winners


List of Manchester Intermediate Challenge Cup Winners

(Formerly Manchester Challenge Shield)


List of Manchester Premier Challenge Cup Winners

(Formerly Manchester Intermediate Challenge Cup)


List of Manchester Junior Cup Winners


List of Manchester Challenge Trophy Winners

(Formerly Manchester Junior Cup)


List of Manchester Amateur Cup Winners


Directors & Officials


  1. Manchester Football Association. "What we do". Retrieved 15 January 2013.

    The Manchester Football Association is the guardian of our national game in Greater Manchester.

    In 2000 the inaugural Player of the Century was awarded to AFC Stanley goalkeeper Richard Taylor

  2. "FA – Memorandum on Areas and Overlapping of Associations" (PDF). FA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  3. "Manchester FA". Manchester FA. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  4. "Manchester FA – Get into Football – Leagues". Manchester FA. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  5. "Manchester FA – Fixtures & Results – County Cups". Manchester FA. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  6. "Handbook and Directory of Members 2010-2011" (PDF). Manchester Football Association. 2010. pp. 131–132. Archived from the original (pdf) on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  7. "Manchester Football Association – Handbook and Directory of Members 2010–2011 Cup Competition Winners" (PDF). Manchester FA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  8. "Manchester FA – About Us – Contacts". Manchester Football Association. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
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