Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Southern Counties East Football League
The Southern Counties East Football League is an English football league for teams based in Kent and south east London, which was established in 1966. Until 2013 it was known as the Kent League, which was also the name of a league which existed from 1894 until 1959. The first Kent League was formed in 1894 and folded in 1959, despite many of the same clubs having spells in membership, there is no direct connection between the two competitions. The current incarnation of the league was formed in 1966 as the Kent Premier League, gradually, the reserve sides were all shifted down into the lower divisions. In 2013 the league changed its name to the Southern Counties East League, at the end of the 2015–16 season, the league merged with the Kent Invicta League and the latter became the lower division of the merged league. In the past it included additional divisions for reserve teams, the league is now at Steps 5–6 of the National League System since the 2016–17 season, with clubs able to move upwards to the Step 4 divisions of the Isthmian League. Prior to the 2011–12 season, clubs could get relegated to the Kent County League, after the merger with the latter league, the Southern Counties East League now has two divisions and is fed by the Kent County League. Kent League Southern Counties East League @ Non League UK Kentish Football
Kent County League
The Kent County League, is a football competition based in Kent, England. The league has seven senior divisions – a Premier Division, Division One East and West, Division Two East and West and it sits below the Southern Counties East League Division One since the 2016–17 season. Previously it fed the Kent Invicta League from the Invicta leagues formation in 2011 to the merger with the Southern Counties East league in 2016, in the 2016-17 season, there are 16 clubs in the Premier Division. The bottom two clubs face relegation to the lower divisions. Clubs from a number of smaller district leagues may be eligible to promotion to the County League. Kent County Football League Official Website
Lydd Town F.C.
Lydd Town F. C. are an English semi-professional football club based in Lydd, Kent. The club formed in 1885, playing locally until they entered the Kent County Football League in 1959, the clubs most successful period came in 1989–94 when they won the league in five successive seasons. Despite falling down the Kent County League system in the 2000s and their first silverware came in 1909–10 when they won the Rye Charity Cup. in 1921, the club changed its colours from blue and white to green and red. For the 1959–60 season the Lydd Town entered the Kent County Football League Premier Division East, winning the title in 1969–70, between 1989 and 1994 the club won the league five times in a row. However, due to a restructuring of the Kent County League system, during this time the Lydders also won several les Leckie Cups. They were eventually promoted to the Premier Division for the 1994–95 season, in the 2005–06 season, they finished bottom in the Kent County League Premier Division and were relegated to the Kent County League Division One East. In 2008–09 they finished bottom of division and found themselves in Division Two East. After winning Division Two East, Lydd Town were promoted back to Division One East, the club was accepted into the newly formed Kent Invicta Football League for the inaugural 2011–12 season. Lydd Town finished in place in the 2012–13 season. Lydd Towns colours are green and red shirts, with green shorts and their away kit is blue and yellow shirts, with blue shorts and socks. Lydd Town play their games at The Lindsey Field, Dengemarsh Road, Lydd, Kent. Lydd Towns first ground was The Rype and they moved to The Lindsay field on the outskirts of town for the 1999–2000 season. Lydd are managed by Liam Smith, son of former manager Dave Smith who stepped down at the end of the 2015–16 season ending his spell as manager of the club. Smith was the captain during the 1990s. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Lydd Town has won eight championships and thirteen cups in its history
Rochester United F.C.
Rochester United F. C. is an English football club located in Strood, in Kent. The club are members of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, the club was founded in 1982 as Templars and joined the Sunday Medway Football League. There they changed their name to Bly Spartans and played for 15 years before being promoted to the Senior Division, in 1997, the club successfully applied to join the Rochester and District Football League Division One. The following season won the title and were promoted to the Premier Division. They were accepted into the Kent County Football League in 2000, after two successive promotions as runners-up the club was in Division One West by 2003. In 2012, they became the champions of the Kent Invicta League. In May 2012 the club announced that they had permission to rename themselves Rochester United from the start of the 2012–13 season. Rochester United play their games at Rochester United Sports Ground, Rede Court Road, Strood, Kent. Rochester Uniteds colours are red and black shirts, black shorts, the away kit is all white
Kent Football United F.C.
Kent Football United F. C. is an English semi-professional football club located in Dartford. The club plays in the Southern Counties East League Division One, the club was accepted into the newly formed Kent Invicta Football league for the inaugural 2011–12 season. The team was formed in 2010 as Erith & Dartford Town Football Club and they were accepted into the Kent Invicta Football League for the inaugural 2011–12 season. In the same season, the club made its debut in the FA Vase, the club changed its name to Kent Football United for the 2012–13 season. Kent Football Uniteds colours are blue shirts, shorts and socks, Kent Football United play their home games at The Glentworth Sports Ground, Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1JB. The club moved to ground for the start of the 2014/15 season. The ground has been renovated by the club through hard work of the coaches. The club previously shared a ground with VCD Athletic, Kent Football United now boasts a range of youth teams competing in the Selkent and Kent Leagues. For the start of the 2014/15 season the club had listed 10 youth teams, south London Football Alliance Division Four Champions 2009–10 FA Vase First Qualifying Round 2012–13, 2013–14 Official website KFU Official website E&DT
Kent Invicta Football League
The Kent Invicta Football League was a football league in England, formed in 2011 to commence operations for the 2011–12 season. It covered the traditional English county of Kent, some of which is now in Greater London and it merged with the Southern Counties East League in 2016, forming its lower division. At the end of the 2015–16 season, the merged with the Southern Counties East League. The league also organised a competition, the Challenge Trophy
Bearsted Football Club is a football club located in Bearsted, near Maidstone, in Kent, England. The club are members of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division. Bearsted Football Club was formed in 1895, and later members of the Maidstone & District League. After their third title, Bearsted moved up to the Kent County League and they won the division at the first attempt, earning promotion to Division One, which they also won in their first season in the division. The next two seasons saw them finish as runners-up, before they won the Premier Division in 1986–87 and their first season in the Senior Division saw them become league champions. Following league restructuring in 1992, Bearsted were placed in Division One, after finishing as runners-up in 1995–96, they won the division in 1996–97, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They finished as runners-up in 1999–2000, before winning back-to-back league titles in 2000–01, after finishing eighth in 2010–11, the club became founder members of the Kent Invicta League in 2011
Bridon Ropes F.C.
Bridon Ropes Football Club is a football club based in Charlton, Royal Borough of Greenwich, England. They are currently members of the Southern Counties East League Division One, the club was established in 1935 as a works team of the British Ropes factory in Charlton. The club initially played in leagues, before becoming members of the South London Amateur League. In 1970 the club joined Division Two of the Greater London League, however, the league was disbanded at the end of the 1970–71 season when it merged into the Metropolitan–London League. In 1987 they joined the Intermediate Division of the Spartan League as it was expanded to three divisions, by time they had been renamed Bridon Sports. In 1992 the club adopted its current name, and went on to win the Division Two title in 1992–93, in 1997 the Spartan League merged with the South Midlands League to form the Spartan South Midlands League, with Bridon placed in Division One South. However, after one season left the league to become founder members of the London Intermediate League. In 2003 Bridon joined Division Two West of the Kent County League, after finishing as runners-up in 2005–06, they were promoted to Division One West. They went on to win the division in 2009–10 and were promoted to the Premier Division, in 2011 they were founder members of the Kent Invicta League. In 2013–14 the club won the London Senior Trophy, beating Corinthian-Casuals 2–1 in the final, in 2016 the Kent Invicta League became Division One of the Southern Counties East League when the two leagues merged. Bridon Ropes play their games at Meridian Sports & Social Club on Charlton Park Lane
Crockenhill Football Club is a football club based in the village of Crockenhill near Swanley in Kent, England. Affiliated to the Kent County Football Association, the club are members of the Southern Counties East League Division One. The original Crockenhill Football Club played in the Dartford League during the 1920s, however, the modern club as established in 1946 as the result of a friendly match on 26 December 1945 between Crockenhill Youth and Mudhole Dynamo. They joined Division One of the Western Section of the Kent County Amateur League and they won the division in 1948–49 and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1952–53 they were Premier Division runners-up, and won the division the following season, in 1954 the top division was renamed the Senior Division, with the club finishing as runners-up in 1954–55 and winning the title in 1956–57. In 1959 Crockenhill were founder members of the Aetolian League and they remained members of the league until it merged with the London League to form the Greater London League in 1964, when they were placed in Section B. A fourth-place finish in the leagues first season saw them placed in the Premier Division for the 1965–66 season, however, after finishing in the bottom two in 1967–68, the club switched to the Kent League. In 1982–83 Crockenhill won the Kent League and they were runners-up in 1986–87, but finished bottom of the league the following season. After several years of finishing near the bottom of the table and their first season in the league saw them finish second-bottom of the division, resulting in relegation to Division One West. However, they won Division One West at the first attempt, the club avoided relegation after finishing second-from-bottom of the Premier Division in 2002–03 and went on to win the league in 2003–04. However, they were not promoted back to the Kent League due to as they had not installed floodlights, despite finishing bottom of Division One West in 2010–11, Crockenhill were founder members of the new Kent Invicta League in 2011, effectively moving up two levels. They finished bottom of the league in 2013–14, but were not relegated, in 2016 the Kent Invicta League merged with the Kent League to form the Southern Counties East League, with the Kent Invicta clubs becoming members of Division One. The club plays at Wested Meadow, which had previously the home ground of Crockenhill United and it was used as a base for a barrage balloon during World War II, with a Nissen hut built on the site. After the war the new club leased the site from its owner, Mr Miller, in the 1960s the Nissen hut was converted into a clubhouse. A small terrace was added next to the stand, with a roof, players Crockenhill Football Club web site
Hollands & Blair F.C.
Hollands & Blair F. C. is an English football club located in Gillingham, in Kent. The club plays in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, after spending most of its history in the Rochester & District Football League system the club entered the Kent County League in 2004. Blair was accepted into the newly formed Kent Invicta Football league for the inaugural 2011–12 season, after the initial success of a factory team called Hollands & Blair, the current club was formed in 1970 under the name H & B United. In 1973 this club merged with the Hollands & Blair team, in a partnership before the latter disbanded in 1974. In 1976 the club finished runners-up in the Rochester & District League Division One, the team went on to be promoted twice in as many seasons to reach the Kent County Football League Premier Division by 2006. They won this league in 2008–09 and 2010–11 and were accepted into the Kent Invicta Football League for its season in 2011–12. The clubs first season in the Kent Invicta league saw the club finish 3rd, Hollands & Blairs colours are red shirts, shorts and socks. The away kit is yellow shirts, blue shorts and socks, Hollands & Blair play their games at Star Meadow Sports Club, Darland Avenue, Gillingham ME7 3AN
Lewisham Borough F.C.
Lewisham Borough F. C. is an English football club located in Catford, in the London Borough of Lewisham. The club plays in the Southern Counties East League Division One, Lewisham Borough was formed after a merger of three separate teams in 2003. The club was accepted into the newly formed Kent Invicta Football league for the inaugural 2011–12 season, Lewisham Borough Football Club was formed in 2003 through the merger of Moonshot AFC, Ten Em Bee, and AFC Lewisham. After the merger, Lewisham Borough FC was formed and entered the Kent County Football League Division One West, which they won in their first season. The club were promoted to the Premier Division which they won in 2005–06 and they were accepted into the Kent Invicta Football League for its inaugural 2011–12 season. Lewisham Borough play their games at the Ladywell Arena in Catford. Lewisham Boroughs colours are Royal Blue & White Striped Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, the away kit is Red Shirts, shorts and socks with white trim. The local authority, the London Borough of Lewisham, support the club along with Surrey Canal Sports Foundation, Lewisham Borough has won two league championships. Kent County League Premier Division Champions 2005–06 Kent County League Division One West Champions 2003–04 Official website