Last updated : Monday, 27 November 2023
Harry Gregg Foundation Youth League
The Harry Gregg Foundation Youth League is an amateur football league for 11-17 year olds in Northern Ireland. It was founded in 2019 by the Harry Gregg Foundation, a charity that was set up to honor the memory of Harry Gregg, a Northern Irish football player and manager.
The HGFYL has 26 member clubs, with a total of 62 teams. The teams play home and away matches throughout the season, with the top teams at the end of the season qualifying for the Harry Gregg Cup.
Aims and Objectives
- To provide a platform for youth football to promote player development, community cohesion and healthy recreation.
- To provide a competitive environment for young players to test themselves against their peers.
- To encourage teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.
- To provide opportunities for young players to progress to higher levels of football.
The HGFYL is divided into two divisions, the Premier Division and the First Division. The Premier Division consists of the top 12 teams in the league, while the First Division consists of the remaining 50 teams.
The teams in each division play each other twice, once at home and once away. The top two teams in the Premier Division at the end of the season are promoted to the NIFL Youth League, while the bottom two teams are relegated to the First Division. The top two teams in the First Division are promoted to the Premier Division, while the bottom two teams are relegated to the Supplementary League.