About

The League

The league was formed in 1957, when a number of senior clubs within the County became disillusioned at being dictated to by Junior and Minor clubs.

Initially called the Dorset Football Combination League, since its formation 48 clubs have been members of the League. But of the 12 founder members only Hamworthy United, Swanage Town & Herston and Wareham Rangers are in membership today. 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 good today.

At present the League is operating with 18 clubs, covering the entire county of Dorset, ranging from Bridport in the West, Portland Utd in the South, Sherborne Town in the North and Parley Sports in the East plus Tintinhull and Westland Sports from Somerset and Mere Town from Wiltshire.

The inaugural season saw 12 clubs in membership with Swanage Town Football Club lifting the Championship and the 15th Training Battalion R.A.S.C. finishing as Runners-up. The following season the top two places were reversed.

In the first 5 seasons Swanage Town FC won the Championship 4 times and finished in Runners-up spot on the other occasion. To date, the League's most successful side is Parley Sports FC who have won the League title on no less than 12 occasions as well as finishing in second place 9 times. Parley Sports have also reached the Final of the Combination Cup 21 times, lifting the trophy on 11 occasions.

In 1991 the Dorset Football Combination League accepted an invitation to become a Feeder League to the Wessex League, thus giving its member clubs the opportunity to progress through the National League System. During 1995 the Dorset League were invited to become a Feeder League to the Dorset Combination and with agreement reached between the parties, from the end of the 1995/96 season the Champions of the Dorset League have had the opportunity for promotion to the Combination League providing they meet Ground Grading criteria.

Season 2002/03 saw the League change its name to the Dorset Premier Football League as it was felt that this more reflected the League's status.

In 2010/11 the League was granted the FA Charter Standard status, only the third league in the FA’s jurisdiction to be so awarded. The League is very proud of this achievement as it is a testament to its member clubs continued commitment to improve standards across our league.

The League operates a representative side that plays in the FA’s Inter League Cup Competition. To date the 2009/10 and the 213/14 competitions have been the League’s most successful campaigns when they lost in the semi-finals to Guernsey 3-2 and Hertforshire Premier 4-2 AET respectively.