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The Junior Premier league launched for the start of the 2011/12 season and was originally conceived by a group of large clubs from the Midlands & Southern England who were interested in developing their players through better coaching and better quality matches. 

The league is aimed at clubs who want to develop their players through a ‘best with best’ ethos - the NERF JPL is not aimed at single teams looking for a new challenge.
The ethos of the League is always development before results and the main aim is to give a season’s worth of top quality competitive matches to every team participating.

Now in our 5th Season we have grown to over 80 clubs and over 300 teams with multiple age groups from u10 to u18, these represent 22 County FA Regions. 

We have high minimum standards in terms of coaching qualifications and all coaches must be members of the FA Licensed Coaches Club – we are still the only League in the country to be designated as an FA Licensed Coaches Club league. We actively encourage clubs to give more contact time to their players and many of our initiatives are aimed at developing the players to the highest level possible through different football experiences (futsal & street soccer) as well as the traditional match day experience. 

Our matches are played on a Saturday and the host facilities have to be excellent to allow the brand of football that we want to promote. Our match days are different to traditional leagues too, we require top quality venues to be used and the players and coaching staff enjoy hospitality post match so increasing the social aspect to a player’s development. All of our matches are played over 4 periods (as they are in professional academy matches). This allows for more coaching input to the game at appropriate times and also allows coaches to better manage their rotation of players as it is a NERF JPL requirement that all players have 50% match time. With the coaching impetus stressed within the breaks in the game this allows the boys to express themselves and make decisions for themselves too.

NERF JPL matches are played to a high standard, both in terms of the quality of competition and in our full commitment to adhere to the FA’s RESPECT campaign. We are constantly developing our ‘Respect’ campaign and this season will ensure that all games are played in a great learning environment for the players to develop. 


All the clubs involved will have to show their development plans for their players along with constant access to higher level coaches. Although it is essentially about developing players for the member clubs, the teams involved have already produced many players that have signed contracts with professional clubs. 

We have a great cross section of clubs involved from Premier League clubs to Football League clubs then Conference clubs and semi-professional clubs all the way through to large top quality grassroots clubs. The important thing for any club entering the league is a genuine desire to develop their players to the best of their ability. We want our players to love the game and remain involved in it past the age of 18 whether as a player, coach, referee or other involved person – that way our game and league can develop and be sustained.


The League has developed our own league administration software to run every aspect of the programme from fixtures, registrations, interactive team sheets, pre and post match data, internal messaging and be the engine for all our website display pages. As we designed the system we are able to constantly develop it to ensure it reflects the needs of all of our members and provides the most up to date interactive league management system for all administrators which in turn leads to real time interactivity for all visitors to the website.

"Our aim is to make this the most exciting youth league in England"

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