The Kenyan football league system is a series of several interconnected leagues for association football clubs in Kenya.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa with 47 semiautonomous counties governed by elected governors. At 580,367 square kilometres (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 52.2 million people, Kenya is the 27th most populous country. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city and also an inland port on Lake Victoria. Other important urban centres include Nakuru and Eldoret.
As of 2015, the top level league in Kenya is the Premier League, with the FKF Premier League below it. The Kenyan National Super League and Division One are the third and fourth tiers of the system respectively, both divided into two zones for the Eastern and Western halves of Kenya. Division One is further divided into two groups consisting of teams from various regions in Eastern and Western Kenya.
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL), also known as the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) for sponsorship reasons, is a professional league for men's association football clubs in Kenya. Standing at the top of the Kenyan football league system, the league was formed in 1963 under the Kenya Football Federation but is now controlled by the Football Kenya Federation. It is contested by 18 clubs and operates on a promotion and relegation system with the Kenyan National Super League. Gor Mahia are the league's current champions and most successful club, with a record 17 titles to their name.
The Kenyan National Super League is the second tier of the Kenyan football league system, with a promotion and relegation system with the Kenyan Premier League and FKF Division One. Some of the league's member clubs are fully professional, while others are semi-professional.
FKF Division One is the third tier in the Kenyan football league system. It has a promotion and relegation system with the Kenyan National Super League and the Kenyan Provincial League. It is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation. Most member clubs are semi-professional, while others are either fully professional or amateur.
Below the national leagues are the Regional Leagues, divided into regional divisions based on the former Provinces of Kenya (except for North Eastern), some of which are further divided into a number of zones. The County Champions League and the Sub-County Leagues make up the bottom two tiers of the Kenyan football league system.
Kenya's provinces were replaced by a system of counties in 2013.
The North Eastern Province is one of the former provinces in Kenya. It has a land area of 127,358.5 km2, with its capital at Garissa. Previously known as the Northern Frontier District (NFD), the territory was carved out of the Jubaland region of present-day southern Somalia during the colonial period. It is and has historically been exclusively inhabited by ethnic Somalis.
The Kenyan County Champions League is the fifth tier of the Kenyan football league system. It has a promotion and relegation system with the Kenyan Regional Leagues and the Kenyan Sub-County Leagues. Member clubs are amateur.
In women's football, the Women's Premier League is the top tier league, with the Women's Division One below it.
Women's association football, usually known as women's football or women's soccer, is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.
The Kenyan Women's Premier League is the top tier women's football league in the Kenyan football league system. It is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation.
The FKF Women's Division One is the second tier women's football league in the Kenyan football league system. It is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation.
In November 2012, the Football Kenya Federation began talks to create Division Two, which, if approved, will go above the Provincial League as the third tier. The proposal says that the league will be made of 16 teams; the four relegated teams from both zones of Division One and one team from each of the eight provincial leagues. The 16 teams will be divided into two zones of eight teams each on the same basis as Division One in terms of locations of teams in the zones. The winners from each zone would be promoted to their respective zones in Division One, e.g. the winner from Zone A in Division Two would be promoted to Zone A in Division One.
The Football Kenya Federation is the governing body of football in Kenya. It was founded in 2011 and was recognised by FIFA, CAF and CECAFA in 2012, replacing Football Kenya Limited. The FKF organises the Kenyan Premier League, the Kenyan Women's Premier League, FKF Division One and the Kenya national football team. It is headed by Nick Mwendwa.
On 25 April 2013, the Football Kenya Federation decided to slash the league to 20 teams for the 2014 season. For that to happen, it was decided that the league will consist of top 5 teams in each zone (except the two teams that win the promotion play-offs) in addition to the two relegated Premier League teams. The remaining 29 teams will be relegated to FKF Division Two, which will begin next season, along with the 8 teams promoted from the Provincial League.
On 10 July 2013, it was announced that the Football Kenya Federation introduced a new league system to take effect from the beginning of the 2014 season.For the 2015 season, the Kenyan Premier League was to be contested by 18 teams, up from 16 for the 2014 season.
At the beginning of the 2015 season, talks between the Kenyan Premier League and the Football Kenya Federation concerning the expansion of the top flight collapsed, ultimately resulting in the formation of a new parallel top division called the FKF Premier League (FKF PL) consisting of 18 teams, with the KPL maintaining its composition of 16 teams.However, on 23 March 2015, the two parties reached an agreement that gave the KPL official recognition as Kenya's top division and the FKF PL as Kenya's second division for 2015, with a memorandum of understanding outlining the promotion and relegation system between the two leagues for 2015 and the relationship between the KPL and the federation regarding the running of the top division from 2016 onwards.
| Kenyan Premier League |
| Kenyan National Super League |
| Nyanza League|
| Western League|
| Rift Valley League|
| Central League|
| Nairobi League|
| Eastern League|
| North Eastern League|
| Coast League|
|Baringo League||Bomet League||Bungoma League||Busia League||Embu League||Garissa League||Isiolo League||Kiambu League|
|Elgeyo-Marakwet League||Homa Bay League||Kajiado League||Kakamega League||Kilifi League||Kirinyaga League||Kitui League||Kwale League|
|Kericho League||Kisii League||Kisumu League||Laikipia League||Lamu League||Machakos League||Makueni League||Mandera League|
|Migori League||Nakuru League||Nandi League||Narok League||Marsabit League||Meru League||Mombasa League||Murang'a League|
|Nyamira League||Samburu League||Siaya League||Trans-Nzoia League||Nairobi A. League||Nairobi B. League||Nyandarua League||Nyeri League|
|Turkana League||Uasin Gishu League||Vihiga League||West Pokot League||Taita-Taveta League||Tana River League||Tharaka-Nithi League||Wajir League|
Bandari Football Club is a Kenyan football club based in Mombasa. The team play their home games at the Mbaraki Sports Club and the Mombasa County Stadium, and currently compete in the Kenyan Premier League after finishing the 2012 FKF Division One season as champions of Zone A.
The Kenyan Nationwide League was the second-division football league in Kenya, until it was replaced by FKF Division One. There is promotion and relegation with the Kenyan Premier League and the Kenyan Provincial League.
The 2012 Kenyan Premier League was the ninth season of the Kenyan Premier League since its establishment in 2003 and the forty-ninth season of top division football in Kenya since 1963. It began on 11 February with Tusker and Nairobi City Stars and ended on 10 November with Oserian and Rangers. The winners of the league will earn a place at the preliminary round of the 2013 CAF Champions League and play against the 2012 FKF President's Cup champions at the 2013 Kenyan Super Cup.
The 2013 Kenyan Premier League was the tenth season of the Kenyan Premier League since it began in 2003, marking a decade of its existence. It was also the Golden Jubilee season of top division football in Kenya since 1963. It began on 24 February 2013 and ended on 9 November 2013. League champions Gor Mahia earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2014 CAF Champions League while 2013 FKF President's Cup champions A.F.C. Leopards earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.
Mathare Youth Football Club was a football club based in Nairobi, Kenya. They played in the Kenyan Premier League, but were relegated in 2008. They last competed in the FKF Division One.
The 2013 FKF Division One was the second season of FKF Division One and the Golden Jubilee second division season since it began in 1963. It began on 23 March and concluded on 21 December.
The Kenyan Regional Leagues are the fourth tier in the Kenyan football league system. They have a promotion and relegation system with FKF Division One and the Kenyan County Champions League, and consists of 8 regional leagues.
The following article is a summary of the 2012 football season in Kenya, which was the 49th competitive season in its history.
The following article is a summary of the 2013 football season in Kenya, which is the Golden Jubilee (50th) competitive season in its history.
Kakamega Homeboyz Football Club is a football club from Kakamega, Kenya. They currently play in the Premier League.
The KPL Awards, also known as the KPL Footballer of the Year Awards (FOYA), refer to an awards ceremony held to honour association football players, coaches, officials and journalists participating in the Kenyan Premier League. They are conferred by the Football Kenya Federation.
The following article is a summary of the 2014 football season in Kenya, which is the 51st competitive season in its history.
The 2014 Kenyan National Super League was the inaugural season of the Kenyan National Super League since being established on 10 July 2013, and the 51st second division season since its establishment in 1963. Competition was scheduled to begin on 8 March, but was postponed and instead began a week later on 15 March.
The 2014 Kenyan Premier League was the eleventh season of the Kenyan Premier League since it began in 2003. It was also the 51st season of top division football in Kenya since 1963. Gor Mahia won the league title for the second consecutive season, earning a place in the preliminary round of the 2015 CAF Champions League while 2014 FKF President's Cup champions Sofapaka represented Kenya in the preliminary round of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup. The two teams faced each other at the 2015 Kenyan Super Cup.
Wazito Football Club is an association football club based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is owned by Badoer Investments Limited as the majority shareholder.
The following article is a summary of the 2015 football season in Kenya, which is the 52nd competitive season in its history.
The 2015 Kenyan Premier League was the twelfth season of the Kenyan Premier League since it began in 2003, and the 52nd season of top-division football in Kenya since 1963. It began on 21 February and ended on 1 November.
The 2015 FKF President's Cup was the 44th season of Kenya's top domestic cup competition. It kicked off on 20 June and concluded on 13 December, with the domestic broadcasting rights for the competition held by SuperSport. Originally scheduled to begin on 6 June, participating teams were required to pay a registration fee of Ksh. 30,000 each by 30 May to enter the tournament. The competition's defending champions are Sofapaka, who beat second-tier side Posta Rangers 2–1 in the previous final. Unlike the previous competition, no teams were seeded and given byes to further rounds, with the Football Kenya Federation's media officer John Kariuki explaining the decision as a way of "trying to make the competition more exciting because this being the domestic cup competition, we want the thrill of big teams facing the prospect of losing in the hands of lower-ranked teams."