The National Colleges Football League (NCFL) aims to improve the
competitive structure at the top competitive level for FE college
football and enhance the everyday environment for the elite-level
The focus of the League is elite college player development and
participating colleges must provide players with the best possible
opportunity to achieve their utmost potential as students and
players. A balanced programme of training together with high
quality competitive fixtures will be seen as integral to the
development of players.
Only colleges with the competitive and administrative ability to
compete at the highest level for inter-college football are
admitted, and maintaining regular Quality Standards is integral to
the successful running of the League.
The league is linked closely with the regional and national team
selection system to ensure greater opportunities exist for players
to achieve representative honours. Players will have improved
access to the selection system for regional /national team squads,
with selection dates built into the league calendar.
Greater focus on high quality training in line with competition
will ensure that players and coaches develop at a faster pace. The
league will contain colleges with strongly established football
development centres and colleges who are expanding their provision
in an attempt to compete with the best. The League system will
therefore ensure teams play more often against the best
The primary goal is to provide a platform for elite level
players to develop and excel through a more controlled and advanced
competition environment. We envisage the League to evolve over time
as the biggest stage for inter-college football in Great
Following a comprehensive review of player development in the
UK, British Colleges Sport has worked together with the FA to
create a new elite-tier for college football.