Last updated : Thursday, 14 September 2023

What is the Youth Development League?

The Youth Development League (YDL) is an amateur football league for players under the age of 20. It is run by the Football Association (FA) and is divided into regional divisions across England. The YDL provides a competitive environment for young players to develop their skills and fitness, and to prepare for playing at a higher level.

The YDL was founded in 2013, following the merger of the National Junior Athletic League and the National Young Athletics League. The league currently has over 1,000 teams competing in it, and it is one of the largest youth football leagues in England.

How does the Youth Development League work?

The YDL season runs from September to May, and each team plays a total of 20 matches. The teams are divided into two divisions, the Premier Division and the Division One. The top four teams in the Premier Division at the end of the season qualify for the YDL Cup, which is a knockout competition.

The YDL also has a number of other competitions, including the YDL Challenge Cup, the YDL Floodlit Cup, and the YDL Development Cup. These competitions are open to teams from all divisions, and they provide more opportunities for young players to compete.

Who can play in the Youth Development League?

Any player under the age of 20 can play in the YDL. There are no restrictions on the level of experience that players have, so both experienced and inexperienced players are welcome to join the league. Youth Development League action

The YDL is a great way for young players to develop their skills and fitness, and to make new friends. It is also a great opportunity to play competitive football against other talented young players.


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Youth Development League teams come from

  • Chippenham,
  • Halesowen,
  • London,

and other areas within Dudley, Greater London, Wiltshire.

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