Kent FA is represented by Under 16's, Under 18's and Ladies' teams.
Representative Football is an important part of Kent FA's remit, and it is an honour to be called up to the county side. Kent FA offers opportunities for players to represent their county and compete against other counties and professional clubs.
Kent FA has enjoyed numerous successes at regional and national levels throughout history.
The U16s have won the South East Counties Championship four times in the last 10 years. They have also won the competition six times since it began in 1972. Season 2019-20 saw our U16s finish as Group Winners, but the Covid-19 pandemic denied them the opportunity of playing the final.
The U18s won the same competition five times in the last 11 years and are the second most successful county in this competition, winning it 11 times since its inception in 1952. The U18s also play in the FA County Youth Cup, which they last won in 2010 against Sheffield & Hallamshire FA at Priestfield, home of Gillingham Football Club. Last season our U18s topped their group and retained the Tony Elsey U18 Cup.
The Ladies compete in the Southern Counties Championship, which they joined in 2012 and have won the competition twice. Before the competition's demise, they also became the last winners of the East Anglian Counties league in 2017. Most recently, they won the Southern Counties Championship in 2017-18, winning all four matches in their League to secure the trophy.
Representative football is a great chance to showcase your talent, with Football League scouts regularly attending our matches. Recent player success stories include Sam McCallum, who is currently under contract with Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship; Gerald Sithole was recently signed with Gillingham and is now contracted to Bolton Wanderers; Hamid Ishola is signed with Peterborough United whilst Ross Johnstone was selected to represent the England Schools FA.
For Season 2022/23, the Ladies Team will compete against Middlesex FA, Essex FA and the Royal Navy FA in the Southern Counties Competition. The U16 & U18 Boys Competition is taking a year out. Covid-19 saw some of the counties withdraw from the competition, and over the summer, the League Secretary, Mark Rogers, sadly passed away, which has left things uncertain.
The counties are keen to start the competition again for season 2023/24 and will spend the rest of the season making plans to ensure boys' Rep football resumes next season. All home matches are played at Chatham Town on their 3G pitch.