Last updated : Saturday, 25 November 2023


The Central League is a football league for reserve teams, primarily from the English Football League.

It was founded in 1904 and is currently in its 119th season.

Central League action

The league is divided into two divisions, the Northern Division and the Southern Division.

The current champions of the Northern Division are Scunthorpe United Reserves, while the current champions of the Southern Division are AFC Wimbledon Reserves.


Central League match

The Central League was founded in 1904 by a group of clubs from the Midlands and the North of England.

The original members of the league were:

  • Aston Villa Reserves
  • Birmingham City Reserves
  • Derby County Reserves
  • Nottingham Forest Reserves
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves
Central League teams

The league has grown steadily over the years and now includes teams from all over England.

In 1999, the Central League merged with the Football Combination to form the Football Conference North.

Central League coaches

However, the two leagues were separated again in 2004.

Current Season

The current season of the Central League began in August 2022 and is scheduled to end in May 2023.

Central League results

The Northern Division currently consists of 12 teams, while the Southern Division currently consists of 10 teams.

The top two teams from each division will be promoted to the Premier League 2 at the end of the season.

The bottom two teams from each division will be relegated to the Development League North or the Development League South.


* The Central League (Wikipedia)

* The Central League (Official website)

* Football Central Amateur Football League (League Republic)

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