South East Counties League

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The South East Counties League (SECL) was a football league for the youth teams of clubs from Southern England from the 1950s until the 1990s. Chelsea won the competition 10 times.

The competition started as the Middlesex Youth Invitation Cup set up in 1951 by the Middlesex FA and was subsequently known as the South East Counties Youth Football League.

In 1997 the FA Premier Youth League was set up, drawing many of the top clubs away from regional youth competitions such as the SECL, which until that point had comprised the highest level of youth football in a league format. The SECL continued for another season, with some clubs fielding their youth reserve sides, but in 1998 the Premier Youth League was expanded and renamed the FA Premier Academy League, while the rest of the teams were absorbed into the second tier Football League Youth Alliance, rendering the SECL obsolete.


'Seasons in which Chelsea won the competition are in bold.'
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