Adult 11v11 Football

As a player, there are so many opportunities for you to play 11v11 adult football, whatever gender, ability, race, culture or background. So why not join in?

The traditional 11v11 adult game is played by thousands of players every weekend through Kent.

The Kent FA have over 900 affiliated clubs made up over 950 registered 11v11 adult teams, each of whom are involved in regular league football.

There are over 25 adult leagues registered to the Kent FA offering football to both male and female players to enjoy the 11v11 game.

Creating a new 11v11 adult team

We have created a guide to help those looking to set-up a new adult football team. The guide includes helpful information from setting up the team to increasing awareness; so should you be setting up a team in a brand new club or if you are an established club introducing a new adult team we hope you find the guide of use.

Click here to download the guide.

Leagues and competitions

A list of Kent FA registered leagues can be found by clicking here.

In addition to the league competitions it is also worth noting the Kent FA run over twenty Kent Reliance County Cups, which included are the Kent Reliance Junior Cups which all grassroots adult teams can enter. Entry into these clubs is minimal (£8 for the 2016/17 season) and the deadline is usually the first week in August. The Kent FA cups are split into 3 sections decided on playing strength and are regionalised up to the last 16 then it is countywide. All 6 finals are played at the Kent FA Grassroots Finals Weekend. Entry into the Kent FA cups is completed when you affiliate with the Kent FA.

Hold up before you fold up

Be it work, family commitments or other sports, the reasons for not volunteering and playing our beautiful are greater than ever.

A lack of players, volunteers and management of finances can really affect teams and see them fold.

If you are facing challenges and your team faces the prospect of folding please get in touch using our extra-time service. 

The ‘Extra time’ service gives leagues, clubs and volunteers the ability to make the Kent FA aware of any teams that may fold and the opportunity to seek help and advice. If you know of a team which could do with some help then please click here to complete a short questionnaire.

In addition we have produced two infographics to share ideas and processes to help 11v11 teams avoid folding.

The Perfect Match – advertise for players and volunteers

Looking for players or in need of a volunteer?

Our Perfect Match tool allows you to place an advert to help find players, volunteers, clubs or leagues. All adverts are moderated and only approved adverts will be shown.

You can submit an advert by clicking here.

Funding and income

There are a variety of funding resources to support the club and we encourage you to make use of the internet and search for the specific funding you are looking for.

Click here to download an information sheet on funding, fundraising and sponsorship,


We have produced a number of information sheets to support 11v11 adult teams, which can be downloaded by clicking on the titles below;

Adult 11v11 Football Research

In partnership with the University of Kent, the Kent FA recently completed an investigation into the current state of adult 11V11 football in Kent. Contributions were received from adult players and volunteers involved in adult football in Kent. The research provided us with our fullest picture yet of the experiences and views of those involved. A fundamental part of the investigation was an online survey as well as focus groups aimed to identify the reasons for the declining numbers of people participating in adult 11v11 football in Kent. The findings have provided practical solutions and recommendations to overcome the challenges to adult 11v11 football.

You can download a copy of the research paper including the findings and recommendations by clicking here.

Who can help?

Lee Suter – Football Development Officer (Clubs and Leagues)
01622 792 140

Lee oversees all football participation in the adult male and female grassroots 11v11 game. He also delivers and supports the FA Charter Standard Club and League programmes and strategically identifies and supports new adult FA Charter Standard Clubs and Leagues. This also includes a comprehensive in service and funding programme for coaches.

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