Last updated : Thursday, 14 September 2023
Bishop Stortford Stansted & District Football League
The Bishop Stortford Stansted & District Football League (BSSDL) is a football league in England. It is based in the area around the Essex-Hertfordshire border. The league was founded in 1909.
The BSSDL was founded in 1909. The first season consisted of just two divisions, with a total of 14 teams. The league has expanded over the years, and currently consists of four divisions.
The BSSDL has been home to some successful teams over the years. Bishop's Stortford FC, who currently play in the National League North, were members of the BSSDL in the early 20th century. They won the league championship in 1910-11 and 1912-13.
The BSSDL currently consists of four divisions:
- Premier Division
- Division One
- Division Two
- Division Three
The Premier Division is the top division in the league. It consists of 12 teams. The champions of the Premier Division are promoted to the Essex Senior League. The bottom two teams are relegated to Division One.
Division One consists of 14 teams. The champions of Division One are promoted to the Premier Division. The bottom two teams are relegated to Division Two.
Division Two consists of 14 teams. The champions of Division Two are promoted to Division One. The bottom two teams are relegated to Division Three.
Division Three consists of 12 teams. The champions of Division Three are promoted to Division Two. The bottom two teams are relegated to the Stansted & District Football League.
The BSSDL also runs a number of cup competitions. These include:
- The Bill Bruty Cup
- The Interdivisional Plate
- The Premier Division Cup
- The Division One Cup
The Bill Bruty Cup is the most prestigious cup competition in the BSSDL. It is named after Bill Bruty, who was a former chairman of the league. The cup is contested by the top teams in the Premier Division and Division One.
The Interdivisional Plate is contested by teams from all four divisions in the BSSDL. The cup is a good opportunity for teams from lower divisions to compete against teams from higher divisions.
The Premier Division Cup and the Division One Cup are contested by the teams in the respective divisions. These cups are a good way for teams to win silverware and qualify for cup competitions at a higher level.