The Southern League Football Academy was created in 2019 after the success of the Northern Premier League Football Academy (NPLFA), at the time the first and only league wide education and football programme in the UK.

The inaugural programme sees students aged 16-18 at seven clubs – Chesham United, Frome Town, Kidlington FC, Rushall Olympic, Sutton Coldfield Town, Swindon Supermarine and Yate Town – study for a BTEC in Sport at Level 3, accompanied by a bespoke football programme which involves working with UEFA licensed football coaches on a daily basis and competing in the Southern League Football Academy League and national cup competitions, led by the FA Youth Cup.

The programme runs alongside existing youth set-ups at participating clubs, offering the best of each year’s intake the chance to play academy and senior non-league football in the clubs’ main stadia at a level that has a fantastic reputation throughout football.


The Southern League Football Academy in conjunction with the Southern League. We are the second (after the NPL Football Academy) in English football to launch a youth league and academy combining football with further education.

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