Team Derby Football League

About the league

The Team Derby Football League offers weekly, officiated games for those who want to play social but competitive football and compete against student and staff teams from across the university. Get a team together with some friends, course mates, or your pals from halls.

Our league competition normally runs between September and April each year. Team entries for our Autumn league open in September, and in January for the Spring competition.  

+1200players since 2012
23term-time competitions
+30student referees

Keep up to date

Once you have entered your team, the easiest way to keep up to date with upcoming fixtures, results and the league table, is via the UoD Active app. Simply,

  1. Download the app via the Google Play or Apple App Store
  2. Create an account using your university email address
  3. Join the Football League community (your request to join will be approved once your team sheet has been submitted)

For more information or if you have any questions please email Kate Nelson  

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @teamderby or on Facebook @teamderbysport

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together the following questions and answers to provide everything you need to know about our Football League and how you can take part.

Team entries for our Autumn 2023-24 league will open in September and entries for our Spring Term 23-24 competition will open in January 2024. Matches normally start the last week of September or the first week in October.

Teams will need to pay the entry fee in full in order to book a place in the league. Please enter via the University Online Store.

It's first come first served, with 10 team places available in the Autumn term league and 12+ places in the Spring term league. 

For a whole term's worth of football, it's less than £2 per head per game! However, we require one person (e.g. Team Captain) to pay for the whole team entry in advance.
The Early Bird entry fee for the first 3 teams to sign up is £126 per team for one term.
The standard entry fee thereafter is £146 per team for one term.

The league is open to any University of Derby student or member of staff. Teams require a minimum of six players (max of ten players) per team with a named captain/vice-captain and an original team name.

If you are an individual player (and not yet part of a team) we will help you join up with a team if there are places available.

No more than four players currently representing the University of Derby in the BUCS football competition (2023-24) can be included in your team.

The league will run on Friday afternoons for 10-11 weeks (Sept to Dec and Feb to May). Kick-off times vary to space out the arrival and departure times of teams. Teams will therefore need to be flexible and able to play fixtures anytime between 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm.

League matches are played at the university's Sports Centre which is located at the Kedleston Road campus.

The league is played in a round-robin format over 11 weeks with each team playing each other on a 3rd of a full pitch with 1 keeper and 5 outfield players using standard FA 6-a-side rules with two 20-minute halves.

There's no limit to the number of substitutions you make during a match - so all of your 10 team players can get to play.

Two male football players running toward ball which is bouncing in air
Three students playing football