Southern Counties East Football League
The Southern Counties East Football League is an English football league for teams based in Kent and south east London, although it currently also includes some teams in East Sussex, which was established in 1966. Until 2013 it was known as the Kent League, which was also the name of a similar league which existed from 1894 until 1959.
|Number of teams||38|
|Level on pyramid||9–10|
|Feeder to||Isthmian League Division One North or South|
|Relegation to||Kent County League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Southern Counties East League Cup, Southern Counties East Challenge Cup|
|Current champions||Cray Valley Paper Mills |
The first Kent League was formed in 1894 and folded in 1959. Despite many of the same clubs having spells in membership, there is no direct connection between the two competitions.
The current incarnation of the league was formed in 1966 as the Kent Premier League (changing to Kent Football League in 1968), and in its early years many of its members were reserve sides of Southern League teams. Gradually, the reserve sides were all shifted down into the lower divisions.
At the end of the 2015–16 season, the league merged with the Kent Invicta League and the latter became the lower division of the merged league.
For the 2012–13 season, the league was sponsored by Hürlimann Sternbräu lager, brewed by Kentish brewers, Shepherd Neame and was therefore billed as the Kent Hurlimann Football League
The league had only one division until the 2015–16 season. In the past it included additional divisions for reserve teams. The league is now at Steps 5–6 of the National League System (which equates to Levels 9–10 of the overall English football league system) since the 2016–17 season, with clubs able to move upwards to the Step 4 divisions of the Isthmian League. Prior to the 2011–12 season, clubs could be relegated to the Kent County League, although in practice this rarely happened. The formation of the new Kent Invicta Football League for the 2011–12 season meant there was a Step 6 league allowing for more frequent promotion/relegation between the Southern Counties East League and the Kent Invicta League. After the merger with the latter league, the Southern Counties East League now has two divisions and is fed by the Kent County League.
List of champions
|1981–82||Erith & Belvedere|
|2012–13||Erith & Belvedere|
|2018–19||Cray Valley Paper Mills|
- "Kent Football League change name to Southern Counties East Football League for 2013/14 season". Kent Online. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- "Clubs from the Kent Invicta League and Southern Counties East League give go-ahead to merger". Kent Online. 3 December 2015.
- "Rusthall light up Jockey Farm". kentishfootball.co.uk. 6 January 2016.
- "Hurlimann lager agree deal to sponsor the Kent Football League". Kent Online. 3 August 2011.