The Southern Amateur League
(SAL) is an association football league affiliated to the Amateur Football Alliance
(AFA). It is based in and around Greater London and caters for 11-a-side men's adult teams from clubs including former pupils associations from schools and colleges, business house sports clubs and private clubs. The League currently has member 33 clubs running 215 teams in 20 divisions. All clubs are stricly amateur.
Club set-up, sportsmanship and hospitality
As in other AFA leagues it is common for clubs to run several teams with all current SAL clubs running at least four while the biggest clubs run up to 10 teams. This allows players of all abilities to play against teams from other clubs of a similar standard. The best players will be picked for the 1st team, the best of the remainder going into the 2nd team and so on down the club.
The SAL places emphasis on sportsmanship and hospitality, with all players expected to socialise with their opponents and the match officials after the game. Disciplinary problems and cases of violent conduct are generally perceived to be experienced less in SAL football - and AFA football in general - than in other types of football.
League set up and Challenge Cups
The league is divided into four sections: Senior (1st teams), Intermediate (2nd teams), Junior (3rd teams) and Minor (4th teams and lower). In the Senior, Intermediate and Junior sections there are three divisions (Divisions 1, 2 and 3) each containing 11 teams. The... Read More