Northern Counties East Football League

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Northern Counties East Football League
Northern Counties East Football League logo.png
Number of teams40
20 (Premier Division)
20 (Division One)
Level on pyramid 9 and 10
Promotion toLevel 8
Northern Premier League Division One East
Relegation toLevel 10
United Counties League Division One
Level 11
Central Midlands League North or South Division
Humber Premier League Premier Division
Lincolnshire League
Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division
Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division
West Yorkshire League Premier Division
York League Premier Division
Yorkshire Amateur League Supreme Division
Domestic cup(s)National
FA Cup
FA Vase
League Cup
Current champions Worksop Town (Premier Division)
Grimsby Borough (Division One)
Current: 2020–21 season

The Northern Counties East Football League is a semi-professional English football league. It has two divisions – Premier Division and Division One – which stand at the ninth and tenth levels of the football pyramid respectively.



The league was formed in 1982 following the merger of the Yorkshire League and Midland League. [1] For its inaugural season, the league consisted of five divisions. Since then, the league has undergone several changes to the point where it currently (2017) has two divisions of 22 teams.

The league has maintained promotion and relegation between its divisions since its beginning. In 2015 a series of play-offs were introduced for the first time to determine a third promotee from Division One. [2]

The competition has several feeder leagues at level 11 of the pyramid, which may provide new member clubs each year:

Clubs are also liable to be transferred to other leagues if the FA deems it geographically suitable to do so.

Current clubs (2021–22)

Division One