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Central Midlands Football League
Country England.png England
Founded 1971
Divisions North Division, South Division, +2 Reserve divisions
Number of teams 19
Promotion to Northern Counties East League
Relegation to Doncaster and District Senior League, Lincolnshire League, Midlands Regional Alliance
Levels on pyramid 11
Current champions Dronfield Town (North Division) (2012-13)
Sutton Town (South Division) (2014-15)

The Central Midlands Football League is an English football league covering the northeast-central part of England. Formed in 1971 as the South Derbyshire League, changing name initially to the Derbyshire League before taking on its current name in 1983, it covers Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. Their current sponsor is Windsor Foodservice.

The number of divisions has varied over time as follows

  • 1983–84 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier First and Premier
  • 1984–85 – three divisions: Central, Premier First and Premier
  • 1985–86 – two divisions: Central and Premier
  • 1986–87 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier and First
  • 1987–88 to 1989–90 – two divisions: Supreme and Premier
  • 1990–91 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier and First
  • 1991–92 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier North and Premier South
  • 1992–93 to 2010–11 – two divisions: Supreme and Premier
  • 2011–12 to present – two divisions: North and South

Within the English football league system, the Central Midlands League's two divisions, called the North Division and South Division, are considered part of the National League System (at Step 7), while the two reserve divisions are not. Four clubs from the previously-named Premier Division had the distinction of being the lowest-ranked clubs, and only ones outside the NLS, accepted for the 2006–07 FA Vase. For the 2008–09 season, eight of the leading sides left the Central Midlands League to join forces with eight clubs from the Leicestershire Senior League to form a new league, the East Midlands Counties League, at Step 6 of the National League System.

Champions of the North Division are eligible (if they meet ground standards) for promotion to the Northern Counties East League and champions of the South Division are eligible for promotion to the East Midlands Counties League, and some clubs have progressed from the CML to the Football Conference North and Northern Premier League. A representative side from the league takes part in the FA Inter-League Cup.

Three local leagues are below the CML on the pyramid. These are the Doncaster and District Senior League, the Lincolnshire Football League and the Midlands Regional Alliance. In most cases these have multiple divisions or feeder leagues of their own.

Member clubs 2013–14

North Division

South Division

External links


Central Midlands League North Division 2017-18

AFC Bentley · Appleby Frodingham · Askern · Brodsworth Welfare · Clay Cross Town · Collingham · Dinnington Town · Dronfield Town Reserves · Harworth Colliery · Lincoln Moorlands Railway · Newark Town · Phoenix · Renishaw Rangers · Retford · Staveley Miners Welfare Reserves · Thorne Colliery · Tideswell United · Welbeck Lions

Central Midlands League South Division 2017-18

AFC Kilburn · Aslockton & Orston · Blidworth Welfare · Eastwood Community · Greenwood Meadows · Hilton Harriers · Holbrook St. Michaels · Hucknall Town · Keyworth United · Linby Colliery · Matlock Town Reserves · Mickleover Royal British Legion · Pinxton · Sherwood Colliery · South Normanton · Swanwick Pentrich Road · Teversal Reserves

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2000-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11

Central Midlands League North Division seasons

2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 ·

Central Midlands League South Division seasons

2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 ·

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