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 college player.

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 competition.


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 Britain.


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.