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The Watford League


From the Watford Friendly League Website

The league was formed in 1970 and known as The Bushey Friendly League.

It grew rapidly each season with the league having to run more age groups. To accommodate the demands of the clubs and the age groups they wanted to enter.

The League has around 100 clubs in membership, and within those clubs 500 teams from age groups U8 – U18 to arrange football for.

The Watford Friendly League arranges over 200 games per week from Sept – May allowing approximately 9000 boys and girls the chance to play football in a safe and secure environment.

The league has been providing Grass Roots football for children in Hertfordshire and Middlesex for a number of years.  The aim is to promote friendly football for all children of all ages or gender

The league is linked to Watford FC’s Football in the Community, Hertfordshire FA and Middlesex FA

Standard of Football

Very high.  The Watford League is one of the two major grass pitch leagues in North London (the other being the Harrow League).  There are up to 5 divisions per age group with each division normally containing 10 teams.  Each team plays the others twice in a season – resulting in 18 competitive league matches per season.  The league also runs cup competitions at each age group.

Match Day

Sunday Mornings


U7 7 v 7
U8 7 v 7
U9 7 v 7
U10 7 v 7
U11 9 v 9
U12 to U18 11 v 11


Training for teams in the Watford Friendly League comprises one evening session in and around Hampstead on one of the astro/floodlit facilities.  Venues include

  • Acland Burghley School
  • Talacre Sports Centre
  • King Alfred’s School
  • Paddington Rec Sports Ground

Training facilities in the Hampstead/Camden area are in very short supply and the club seeks to make additional arrangements as and when it can.

Home Ground

The teams will play their home matches at TheMarathonPlaying Fields at Chase Lodge

Page Street
Mill Hill

This is the club’s own facility and is located around 1 mile north of Brent Cross Shopping centre.

Away Grounds

The teams in the Watford Friendly League are all around North London and out toWatford.  The clubs include Muswell Hill, Highgate, Finchley,AlexandraPalace, Mill Hill, Bushey, Hadley. And some further out.

A full list of the teams can be found at http://www.wfl.me.uk/leagueclubs.html