Arguably one of the most popular sports on the Island in terms of participation, football is available to players of all ages in Jersey and has over 15 local clubs competing at different levels in Jersey Football Combination’s junior, senior and women’s leagues. The competitive leagues range from junior U11s through to senior reserve and first teams.
The Island’s representative sides — governed by the Jersey Football Association — play competitive matches against Channel Island rivals Guernsey each year, with the highlight being the senior Murattis, which take place in May. They also enter English cup competitions and occasionally welcome visiting UK teams to the Island for friendly matches.
The JFA — which has former Premier League manager Brian Little as its director of football — also run a Centre of Excellence for talented junior footballers aged under-12 to under-17.