CYFL U18s Floodlit League to expand to 18 teams for 2024/25 season


The Cheltenham Youth Football League’s U18s Floodlit league is set to expand to 18 teams for the 2024/25 season – with four new teams set to join.

U18s sides from Bourton Rovers, Wellington, Fairford Town and Gloucester City are set to be included in the 18 team league – with Hereford Lads Club withdrawing for the new campaign.

The Floodlit League had had 15 sides last season, and split after sides played their opponents once. The top seven went into Split Division One, whilst the bottom eight went into Split Division Two – in a move that isn’t always the most popular of formats.

Severn Sport understands that member clubs will be given the option to vote on this season’s format – with the most likely outcome seeing the league split into two divisions of 9 sides, with the likely split being North and South Divisions.

With the additional sides joining the league, the line-up for the 2024/25 season looks set to be:

Bishops Cleeve U18s
Bourton Rovers U18s
Bromyard Town U18s
Cheltenham Town U18s
Cheltenham Saracens U18s
Cinderford Town U18s
Dursley Town U18s
Evesham United Juniors U18s
Fairford Town U18s

Gloucester City U18s
Hereford Pegasus U18s
Ledbury Town U18s
Longlevens U18s
Lydney Town U18s
Shortwood United U18s
Slimbridge U18s
Tuffley Rovers U18s
Wellington U18s

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Whilst the final format to be decided, our man Ryan Butler shares his thoughts on the look of the CYFL U18s Floodlit League this season.

“We are seeing this league become even more appealing year by year and I think that the league deserves a lot of credit for putting together such a competitive local league, that allows the best young players in the county and surrounding areas to play at such a high level.

Every game in the league we have covered over the last couple of seasons has been fantastic, with goals aplenty and action packed fixtures, every single week.

What is great, is how well supported the league and cup fixtures are for our U18s sides and to have the likes of Fairford Town and Gloucester City entering sides in the Floodlit league this season, it provides even more opportunity for the Gloucestershire football community to go and watch tomorrow’s stars, today.

I, for one, am excited to see the final format and can’t wait for another great season in the CYFL U18s Floodlit League.”

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