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Aldershot and District Football League U23 division

ADFL launch youth division of the league

The Aldershot and District Football League (ADFL) has launched plans for an U23 division of one of the oldest leagues in Hampshire. The ADFL is actively seeking U23 teams to join and become part of the inaugural season for ADFL U23.

The creation of an U23 division of the league aims to help youth players on their pathway to adult football within the county.

A newly formed leadership team and committee will work alongside ADFL to allow for a flexible experience for players, managers, coaches, and clubs. The ADFL encourages a sociable league format, and support players of all abilities.

The league is committed to supporting new teams; help former players find new clubs; as well as aid U18s+ in mering to create new set ups and carry-on playing football in the area.

Kel Crook, Hampshire FA’s Male Pathway Football Development Officer, who is supporting in the launch of the division, says: “The new U23 Aldershot & District Saturday league will provide a unique opportunity for young players to continue their football journey beyond U18’s, providing a space for them to continue their development against players of the same age group. The ADFL committee are committed to providing a fun, flexible league, making this an exciting option for players within this age group. We are fully supporting the development of this league and look forward to seeing how this unique offer is received by clubs, coaches, and players.”

Nigel Welch, Chair of both Aldershot & District FL and the North East Hants Youth League added “The ADFL committee for 2023-24 now comprises a number of experienced officers from NEHYL and this seeks to underpin the continuation of the 122 year history of ADFL whilst adding a new string to its bow – U23 football.  The league are committed to supporting the male pathway and will be encouraging new U23 based teams to form up and jump in. Our brand of U23 football will give younger adults the ability to play games substantially within their own peer group whilst they are settling into open age football.”

The league are actively seeking the interest of teams, managers, coaches and players. For more information, please contact, and visit