South West Peninsula League

The South West Peninsula League (SWPL) is a football competition in England, which was formed in 2007 from the merger of the Devon County League and the South Western League.[1] The league covers Cornwall, Devon, western Somerset and western Dorset.

South West Peninsula League
DivisionsPremier Division East
Premier Division West
Number of teams32
16 (Premier Division East)
16 (Premier Division West)
Level on pyramidLevel 10
Feeder toWestern League Premier Division
Relegation toSt Piran League
Devon League
Somerset County League
Dorset Premier League
Domestic cup(s)Walter C Parson Cup
Current championsEast: Ivybridge Town
West: St Austell
Current: 2024–25

The league consists of two Premier Divisions (East and West), which are ranked at Step 6 in the National League System. Until 2019–20, there was a single Premier Division at Step 6, and two divisions at Step 7 (Division One West and Division One East).

Subject to applying, receiving the required ground grading and finishing high enough in the league table, one club from each Premier Division can be promoted to the Western League Premier Division each season. As of 2022, six clubs have been promoted from the league – Buckland Athletic after finishing as runners-up in 2012, Plymouth Parkway after finishing as champions in 2018, Tavistock and Exmouth Town who were first and second in 2019, and Falmouth Town and Torpoint Athletic who finished as division champions in 2022.

The bottom three clubs from each Premier Division are liable to relegation to the nearest feeder league. The feeder league for Premier Division West is the St Piran Football League, and the main feeder for Premier Division East is the Devon League.[2][3]

The league's principal sponsor is Carlsberg. The League Cup competition is sponsored by Walter C Parson Funeral Directors and is called The Walter C Parson Cup.


Season Premier Division Division One West Division One East
2007–08 Bodmin Town Wadebridge Town Budleigh Salterton
2008–09 Bodmin Town Penzance Exeter Civil Service
2009–10 Buckland Athletic Perranporth Royal Marines
2010–11 Buckland Athletic Camelford Liverton United
2011–12 Bodmin Town Newquay Liverton United
2012–13 Bodmin Town Godolphin Atlantic Exmouth Town
2013–14 Plymouth Parkway Callington Town Stoke Gabriel
2014–15 St Austell Helston Athletic Tavistock
2015–16 Bodmin Town Mousehole Tiverton Town Reserves
2016–17 Tavistock Sticker Stoke Gabriel
2017–18 Plymouth Parkway Millbrook St Martins
2018–19 Tavistock Liskeard Athletic Stoke Gabriel
Season Premier Division West Premier Division East
2019–20 No champions; season abandoned (coronavirus pandemic)
2020–21 No champions; season curtailed (local lockdowns)
2021–22 Falmouth Town Torpoint Athletic
2022–23 St Blazey Brixham
2023–24 A.F.C. St Austell Ivybridge Town

Walter C Parson Cup Winners (formerly Throgmorton Cup)


Member clubs


The constitutions of the two divisions for 2024–25 are:

Premier Division East Premier Division West


  1. ^ Official SWPL Twitter Page
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: FA outline second phase of Non-League restructuring". The Non-League Paper. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Devon FA Step 7 restructure update". Devon FA. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.