BFA UK Summer League

History:

The prestigious BFA UK Summer League season commences in May each year and runs through until the end of summer. The project all started in 1997, when Sporting Foundation created the Summer League with just 8 teams. It was a pioneering project, the first of its kind in London and possibly in the UK. It was a ground-breaking project because at the time no one played league football in the Summer. The league straightaway reduced tension between youths from different estates, reduced anti-social behaviour and loitering in the streets and reduced young people getting involved in drugs & alcohol and petty crime.

From 8 teams when it started, we now accommodate just fewer than 40 teams across 4 divisions including the Vets League in the Summer League season.

One of the key attractions of the league is the Sonali Bank Cup which is fiercely competed for by all the teams in every division. Sonali Bank has sponsored the Summer League Cup competition since 2004 and the final which takes place at Mile End Stadium always offers drama and excitement.

The Summer League project has been very successful over the years and we have just completed our 21st Summer League season.

Summer League 2017 Season Summary:

Premiership

Led by their Manager, Abdul Hamid, Bromley-By-Bow FC created history by winning the Premiership with an impressive 100% record winning all 9 league matches. Lewis Francis was the top scorer in the division and coming back from long-term injury, playmaker, Steven Carvell, played a pivotal role in the team’s road to success.

Championship

A three-horse race for promotion between Aberfeldy FC, Newark Youth and FC Osmani saw all three teams finish level on 22 points at the end of the season with only goal difference separating them. Aberfeldy FC edged it to win the division with Newark Youth completing the top two promotion positions.

League One

Robin Hood Tigers FC ran away with the league title in League One to secure promotion in their maiden season. Newark Youth B completed a Newark Youth London double promotion by edging out FC Esprit in the final game of the season.

Sonali Bank Cup

A dramatic Sonali Bank Cup between local rivals Stepney FC and BYM saw BYM stroll to a 2-0 lead until the 89th minute. With the game fading away on a wet day at Mile End Stadium, Stepney FC pulled off a remarkable comeback in injury time scoring two goals to take the game into extra time and then penalties. Stepney FC goalkeeper, Shams, pulled off heroics in the shootout to prevent BYM scoring a single penalty. Stepney FC were finally crowned Sonali Bank Cup Champions after many years of trying.

Vets League

Shadwell Vets continued their dominance in the Vets League by edging out Beaumont Masters to win back to back league titles. However, they were stunned in the group stages of the Cup competition and could not repeat the double of last year. Last year’s finalist Sylhet FC had the opportunity at Mile End Stadium again, this time against Newark Vets. Sylhet FC decimated Newark Vets on route to becoming the Vets Cup Champions.