Last updated : Tuesday, 28 November 2023


The Sheffield Amateur Football League (SAFL) is an amateur football league in Sheffield, England. It was founded in 1867 and is one of the oldest amateur football leagues in the world. The league currently has over 100 clubs competing in a variety of divisions.


The SAFL was founded in 1867 by a group of local football enthusiasts. The first season of the league consisted of just four teams, but it quickly grew in popularity. By the early 1900s, the league had over 50 clubs. The SAFL has continued to grow and develop over the years and is now one of the largest amateur football leagues in England.

Current Structure

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The SAFL currently has over 100 clubs competing in a variety of divisions. The top division is the Premier Division, which is followed by the First Division, Second Division, and Third Division. There are also a number of cup competitions, including the League Cup, the Challenge Cup, and the Floodlit Cup.

Notable Players

The SAFL has produced a number of notable players over the years, including:

  • Billy Wright: Wright played for Sheffield United and England and is considered one of the greatest defenders of all time.
  • Peter Shilton: Shilton played for a number of clubs, including Nottingham Forest and England, and is the most capped goalkeeper in international football history.
  • David Platt: Platt played for a number of clubs, including Aston Villa and Arsenal, and won the European Championship with England in 1996.
  • Paul Gascoigne: Gascoigne played for a number of clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, and was one of the most exciting players of his generation.


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