The Cheshire Girls Football League is an FA Charter Standard league that has been providing high-quality girls football competition for all ages for approaching 25 years
Since our inaugural season in 1997, the league has remained steadfastly committed to offering outstanding community-based football for girls of ages, from the earliest foundation stages, through each age group, up to and including Under 16’s football.
Throughout this long and illustrious history, the league has received much national and local recognition with numerous and illustrious awards following
The league continues to provide football to 1000s of players every week and ensures that these opportunities go far beyond just playing, to a longer-lasting impact that fosters a lifelong love of the game, with all the life-changing and defining possibilities that brings.
Throughout this time anyone who has had connections to the league will tell of the amazing experiences playing football in the Cheshire Girls League can have ….and we are not stopping there!
With 3 localities now delivering football across Cheshire, in Mid Cheshire, Stockport and Wirral, football in these communities are growing all the time.
We now have in excess of:
- 2200 Players (1025 Mid Cheshire, 680 Stockport, 500 Wirral)
- 280 Teams (152 Mid Cheshire, 65 Stockport, 63 Wirral)
- 83 Clubs (35 Mid Cheshire, 26 Stockport, 22 Wirral)
- 450 Coaches (300 coaches Mid Cheshire, 90 Stockport, 60 Wirral)
- Plus, over 300 + Volunteers working to help and support, every day!
The purpose of the league has always been to provide competitive football opportunities to all girls of all abilities, in a safe & well-regulated manner, in a quality environment, that is accessible and inclusive to all, focused around the development needs of each player.
The match days we offer are based on the principles of fun and enjoyment with developmental competition underpinning the development of the players. A place to compete, in a pressure-free environment, where you can develop your skills and have fun doing it
Building self-esteem and confidence, remaining healthy and staying fit builds individual resilience & promotes a healthy lifestyle, which can inspire a positive mindset. team connections and friendships produce lifelong memories.
The league prides itself on being friendly and welcoming with support from experienced and passionate volunteers, who are there to put in time & effort week in and week out, to keep this wonderful league running.
There are many recognisable faces around on match days. They will know who you are, and if you don’t already, you will get to know them too
We have seen unprecedented growth, and exponential demand, in recent years for female football and the CGFL has been at the forefront of supporting this. With increasing numbers across every age group, our brilliant member clubs continue to demonstrate their commitment to growth and retention with many new teams joining, and many more returning season after season.
Safeguarding is primary in all we do. Following clear FA guidelines, we ensure a safe and positive environment for all girls. In practice, this means we expect teams to have FA1 qualified coaches, with all assistants having a valid DBS and Welfare Course. Safeguarding is more than just the protection of the girls through these checks, it is heavily focused on providing a fun environment. We pride ourselves on the approach we take to keep sidelines positive, to free the girls to play with a smile on their face.
Welfare of players requires us all to be vigilant and to understand safe routes for players, parents and volunteers to raise any concerns. Please see below some links to help you make contact with teams, organisations that can help.
For Children: Childline - talk to someone if you have any worries.
For Parents & Volunteers: NSPCC - reporting concerns
CGL is a volunteer-run League with a committed and passionate group of people behind the scenes. The team is small so extra help is always needed.
As we grow and to ensure we can continue to offer league football to more girls across Cheshire we are always keen to hear from people that are keen to help in any way.
If you would like to get involved with coaching, the committee, help with match day management or even support us with sponsorship etc please contact us.