Essex Sunday Football Combination

First & Foremost Sunday League

Welcome to the brand new website of the Essex Sunday Football Combination. Formed in 1937 we are the County’s first & foremost grassroots Sunday football league competition.

As we enter our 83rd year, we look forward with renewed enthusiasm and determination that everyone will find the challenges as exciting as they have ever been before. We strive to make this a quality and progressive environment for each and every one of our teams. With the wealth of talent being drawn in from all quarters of the country’s finest county, their presence is important and welcomed as they make a name for themselves.

With a long list of recognised achievements from County Cup finalists & winners we aim to make the ESFC the place to be.

We hope you are part of our journey and look forward to sharing your success stories both on and off the field of play

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south ilford catholics also gained promotion to division two as well as lifting the beitler cup on an emotional day at aveley. well done to the club for their achievements in 2018-19

Highlights of the AGM

A successful AGM concluded with the presentation and recognition of all the achievements for last season. The following were some of the items agreed for 2019-20.

  • Suspend the introduction of rolling substitutions while we adopt the new Sin Bin requirements
  • New rules regarding qualification of players between First Team and Reserves
  • All new player registrations must be submitted by noon on the Friday before the game but you are still allowed to sign two new players on the day of a league game. All other registration rules stay the same.
  • Double Header fee for a referee is raised from £45 to £50 to bring them in line with most other leagues. No changes to any other fees.

Special Awards 

Barking & Dagenham Referee's Society

Chairman's Award

This award is given in special recognition of a group of people who regularly support their colleagues at Cup Finals, turning up in big numbers. They also mentor, tutor and support each other, passing on their knowledge and developing the newest members. Their support of the ESFC by supplying officials and ad hoc help is exactly what the League requires and we recognise this with the 2018-19 Award.


Sporting Club of the Year

A rather shocked John Rice steps up to receive the Terry Haden award for the second year running. This trophy is awarded to the team that earns the most points during the season by way of marks awarded by their opponents. It’s no surprise to any of us, especially the referees who often report back at the pleasure they have in officiating their games.To receive an award recognised by your peers is as good as it gets.


Referee's Special Merit Award

This award is a personal choice from the Referee’s Secretary to the match official he feels has talready proven himself, improved immeasurably, shown total commitment or dedicated themselves to the ideals and requirements of the ESFC. Jim Brown feels that George has ticked every box since he joined this season and has pushed on, making the grade and has earned the respect and admiration of the league and teams in equal measure.


ESFC Referee of the Year

After another immense season, the clubs voted with their marks and Craig beat off some close competition from Billy Taylor, Dave Sargent & Kevin Nicholson to retain the trophy. Capping off another superbly successful season, Craig was actually the Referee who officiated in the first game at the New White Hart Lane. He is also the Treasurer of the B&D Refs Society, passing off his experiences and knowledge in order to assist his colleagues in making sure each has a better understanding of the game. It is also testament to his craft and ability that he is often setting the standards by which the rest of us try to follow.

Our aim, as it is every season, is to provide an honest, fair and competitive league for all teams to compete in. We pride ourselves in trying to do things the right way…..with respect for everyone and all other organisations. By nature we are competitive and expect everyone to behave and respect and preserve the integrity of these competitions. I have an experienced Management team who have decades of experience and share my love for the game. Between us we intend to continue to improve the experience for our own clubs and look forward to making sure the ESFC is the place to be for all teams and match officials.

Bob Chesney

Chairman of the League, Essex Sunday Football Combination

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