Southern Football League

The Southern League is a men's football competition featuring semi-professional clubs from the South and Midlands of England. Together with the Isthmian League and the Northern Premier League it forms levels seven and eight of the English football league system.

Southern Football League
Founded1894
CountryEngland
DivisionsPremier Central
Premier South[1]
Central[2]
South[3]
Number of teams82
Central Division: 21
South Division: 22
Division One Central: 20
Division One South: 19
Level on pyramidLevel 7 and Level 8
Promotion toNational League South,
National League North
Relegation toCombined Counties League
Hellenic League
Midland Football League
Spartan South Midlands League
United Counties League
Wessex League
Western League
Domestic cup(s)Southern League Cup
International cup(s)Europa League
(via FA Cup)
Current championsKettering Town (Premier Division Central)
Weymouth (Premier Division South)
Peterborough Sports (D1 Central)
Blackfield & Langley (D1 South)
(2018–19)
WebsiteOfficial website
Current: 2021–22 Southern Football League

The structure of the Southern League has changed several times since its formation in 1894, and currently there are 82 clubs which are divided into four divisions. The Central and South Divisions are at step 3 of the National League System (NLS), and are feeder divisions, mainly to the National League South but also to the National League North. Feeding the Premier Divisions are two regional divisions, Division One Central and Division One South,[4] which are at step 4 of the NLS.[1] These divisions are in turn fed by various regional leagues.

The league has its administrative head office at Eastgate House in the City of Gloucester.