Dorset Premier Football League

The Dorset Premier Football League is a football league based in Dorset, England, which sits at Step 7 of the National League System, or level 11 of the overall English football league system.

Dorset Premier League
Number of teams18
Level on pyramidLevel 11
Promotion toWessex League Division One
Western League Division One
South West Peninsula League Division One
Relegation toDorset Football League
Current championsHolt United
WebsiteDorset Premier League

History edit

The league was formed in 1957 under the name Dorset Football Combination League when a number of senior clubs within the county became disillusioned at being dictated to by junior and minor clubs.

The objective of the league on its formation was to increase the standard of football and competition throughout Dorset and neighbouring counties, an ideal that still holds today.

In 1991 the Dorset Football Combination League accepted an invitation to become a feeder to the Wessex League, thus giving its member clubs the opportunity to progress through the National League System. The league has now been placed at the Regional Feeder League level of the National League System, standing parallel to the Hampshire Premier League. Clubs promoting from the DPL usually join the 2nd level of the Wessex League. However, the conclusion of the 2005–06 season saw Sherborne Town move to the Western League Division One. Bridport, who maintain a reserve team in the DPL, also play in the Western League. The bottom club may be relegated to the Dorset Senior League, which is a level 12 league of the English football pyramid.

The 2002–03 season saw the League change its name to the Dorset Premier Football League. It was felt that this more reflected the League's status. In 2010 the League was awarded the FA Charter Standard status, only the third league in the FA’s jurisdiction to be so awarded.[1]

Recent champions edit

Season Champions
1998–99 Portland United
1999–2000 Portland United
2000–01 Hamworthy Recreation
2001–02 Hamworthy Recreation
2002–03 Hamworthy United
2003–04 Hamworthy United
2004–05 Hamworthy Recreation
2005–06 Holt United
2006–07 Westland Sports
2007–08 Portland United
2008–09 Portland United
2009–10 Hamworthy Recreation
2010–11 Hamworthy Recreation
2011–12 Westland Sports
2012–13 Portland United
2013–14 Portland United
2014–15 Hamworthy Recreation
2015–16 Shaftesbury Town
2016–17 Holt United
2017–18 Hamworthy Recreation
2018–19 Hamworthy Recreation
2019–20 No Competition as a result of COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 No Competition as a result of COVID-19 pandemic
2021–22 Hamworthy Recreation
2022–23 Holt United

Member clubs (2023–24) edit

Locations 2021-22 edit

Balti Sports
Blandford United
Bournemouth Sports
Bridport Reserves
Corfe Castle
Dorchester Sports
Hamworthy Recreation
Hamworthy United Reserves
Holt United
Merley Cobham Sports
Poole Borough
Portland United Reserves
Shaftesbury Town Reserves
Sherborne Town Reserves
Sturminster Newton United
Swanage Town & Herston
Wareham Rangers
Westland Sports
Dorset Premier Football League (Dorset)

References edit

  1. ^ History of the Dorset Premier League Archived 12 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine Official League Website

External links edit