Under 21s

Football opportunities for players aged 16 - 21

Local Saturday & Sunday Leagues across Birmingham provide open age football games for thousands of players every weekend in the County. Players can compete in open age football from the age of 16.

Clubs, schools, colleges and universities also provide opportunities in a range of formats for players aged 16-21 of all abilities to play football.


E: Support@BirminghamFA.com

Phone: 0121 357 4278





A number of clubs and colleges in Birmingham run programmes for students aged 16+ that combine education with football development.

These schemes can help players’ achieve their sporting potential and get a recognised qualification.

Football can play an important role within colleges, whether it is part of your course or as part of an enrichment opportunity. Birmingham FA and the English Colleges FA support clubs and colleges with football education programmes to develop all format of the game.

There are a wide range of programmes currently running in the Birmingham FA County. For more information, please visit the ECFA website where there are also links for the National Conference Youth Alliance & National Football Youth League (U19).


Within the Birmingham FA boundary, there are Higher Education establishments: The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, The University of Wolverhampton, Coventry University, Aston University, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham & Newman University.

The first 5 of the 8 Universities are part of The FA’s HUB funding programme, through which they promote internal and external participation, workforce development and community club links.

At University, one of the best ways to meet like-minded people, to have fun and to broaden your horizons, is to join a football club.

The FA, in partnership with BUCS and Sport England, support a University Football Activator at the 5 HUB funded Universities.

Activators work as Football Development Officers at the University; facilitating football opportunities for active students and intra-mural competitions while supporting BUCS football too.

Our Universities offer students opportunities in football and futsal clubs for all abilities.

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