Under-18s to Under-21s
Developing from youth to adult football
WITH U17, U18 AND U21 DIVISIONS, THE OXFORDSHIRE YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE PROVIDES THE PERFECT PLATFORM FOR THE TRANSITION FROM YOUTH TO ADULT FOOTBALL.
With over 35 teams registered the past four seasons, the league allows players aged 16-21 to experience playing against new opposition within the youth set-up before taking the final steps on their football adventures into the adult game.
The league actively supports the FA’s Respect Programme and aims to appoint FA qualified, registered referees to every league and cup game.
Matches are usually played on Sunday afternoons, and play 11-a-side allowing rolling substitutions.
We have answered some FAQs to get you on your way to finding a local opportunity!
If your question hasn’t been covered, get in touch with us via Development@OxfordshireFA.com as we will be happy to assist!
The FA have a useful Find Football Tool to help a club that runs a team at specific age groups. All you need is an age and postcode.
You can also check out the player noticeboard (see below) as there might be a suitable team in your area looking for players.
Alternatively, please get in touch with us via Development@OxfordshireFA.com and we will be happy to help!
The best way to find out is to contact them using details on the Find Football Tool.
We upload player adverts of those teams that have been in touch onto our OFA #SquadFinder Noticeboard which can be found HERE
Alternatively, get in touch with us via Development@OxfordshireFA.com as we can help you find the most suitable youth football opportunity!
Yes, this is certainly something we would support!
Most grassroots teams would be happy for you or your child to attend a training session as a taster without having to commit to joining.
We suggest contacting your most local team using the FA find football tool.
Get in touch via Development@OxfordshireFA.com if you need help making this happen!
This will vary on the team and club – some are pay as you play and some do a monthly or yearly subscription.
When you contact your local team, we suggest including this question so are aware before turning up.
The time commitment will vary but on average a 1 to 2 hours for matchdays and an hour for mid-week training.
Depending on the league the team plays in will impact the distance of travel.
We have four grassroots youth leagues in the county (Oxfordshire Youth Football League, Witney & District Youth Football League, Oxfordshire Girls Football League and Berkshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Inclusive League) which deliver football for varying age groups.
Where possible, the leagues will put teams into a division based on both ability and location.
We suggest using the find football tool above to help you find your local adult team. You can also check out the player noticeboard to identify those teams looking for new players.
Most grassroots teams would be happy for you to attend a training session as a taster without having to commit to joining.
Alternatively, get in touch via Development@OxfordshireFA.com if you need help making this happen!
Clubs are always on the look-out for new, FA qualified coaches and so there are lots of opportunities available.
Get in touch with us and we'll help you find the right club.
ofa Invitation league
The Oxfordshire Youth Football League allows male players aged 16-21 to play regular, competitive football.
Matches are played weekly on Sundays with a 2:00pm Kick-Off.
If you're interested in finding out more about the league, joining as an individual player or entering a team, get in touch with us.