Developing football at grass roots level

The Eastern Junior Alliance (or EJA as it鈥檚 abbreviated too) is the South East Of England鈥檚 leading youth development football league, established in 1987 at just Under 18 level it has now progressed to age levels U13 to U18, with 6 age levels in total now, and great success at each level, with some players achieving success at professional level.

The EJA is the stepping stone between the academy levels of the professional ranks and the regular youth level in all counties. Spread over 9 counties in the South of England with approximately 70 clubs and 175 teams, the EJA gives youth players the chance to progress their game to a better level on and off the pitch: With higher standards of coaching, behaviour and conduct, by teaching youth players what to expect, and what will be expected of them in their future football careers.

Generally the EJA is seen as the higher standard youth league, only clubs of step 5 and above qualify to compete in this league. Statistics show that those sides who use the EJA league in their own development plan progress better and many players eventually progress into first team squads and quite often a lot higher too.

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The categories for this year鈥檚 @FA and @McDonaldsUK #GrassrootsFootball Awards have been chosen to reflect the diversity of local football communities and the positive impact the sport can have. Make your nomination today! @FunFootballUK

In these challenging times, our main priority is the safety of everyone involved with this League. So please make sure you stay safe. The FA have released guidelines for the conclusion of all Leagues. The Management Committee will be taking advice as to the best way forward.

So the season has unexpectedly ended, youth football is over for myself. Have thoroughly enjoyed my youth football learning a lot with some great memories. Thankyou to the clubs I have played for @Ridgeway_fc @InterwoodFC @woodfordtownfc @ongarjuniorsfc @AFChornchurchYT

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Our EJAFL Goalkeeper is signed to Aston Villa

New EJA Signing!

Our EJA U15 Rep Team goalkeeper just signed on a 2 year with Aston Villa. Filip Marshall from Cambridge City.



Richard Coleman

League Secretary

Jackie Coleman


Ian Ansell

Disciplinary Secretary

Mark Williams

Twitter Coordinator

Brenda Nicholls

Assistant League Secretary

Registration Secretary
all ages

Jose Cano

Child Welfare

Grace Harding

Midweek Cups Fixture Secretary

male Member

Fixtures Secretary U13 to U14

Stephen Bennett

Registration Secretary
all ages

Fixtures Secretary U17 to U18

male Member

Fixtures Secretary U15 to U16

Referees Secretary

Ewan Coleman

Press Officer


5 months ago

For such an elite league the standard of refereeing is shambolic. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

I raised a formal complaint on Sunday afternoon via the web site messaging yet still to recieve even a aknowledgement ,almost 48hrs after, when my sons team announced they where joining the EJA league i honestly thought their would be a lot more proffesionalism within the league management than local area leagues, OH HOW wrong was i !!!!! After travelling from the East Coast of Suffolk during the heavy rain and numerous accidents delaying us on the road we arrived in North London after 3 and a half hour travelling for a leauge cup Game, only to be told by the venue there was no pitch booked ?? ,an other parent relayed this to the team manager who was travelling on the team mini bus , who subsequently phoned the opposing team to be told the game is cancelled hmmm, there was no contact or messages, ref this prior to us leaving Lowestoft, from either the team or league, the manager actually recieved an email cancelling the game 2 hrs after we should have kicked off!!!, a complaint was put into the league who stated they did not want to get involved ?????? even though we travelled through horrendous weather to full fill the cup commitment and on average spent circa 拢80-拢100 per car load(x6 cars) to support our children, we requested under a respect motion for the game to be rescheduled as a home fixture for ourselfs as we had already travelled to North London at great expense or as a last resort at least award us the game due to not being informed of the game being cancelled ,but all we recieve back is i quote WE DONT WANT TO GET INVOLVED, absolute disgusting attitude to have you are the management of the league you have now set a PRECEDENT that any club can do what they want and get away with it, and guess what we are expected to yet again travel to North London on Sunday due to no fault of our own, it seems anarchy rules the league due to your absolute inaction , and to put it politely one of many very disgusted parents . ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Do you want to take your game to a new level???
Is it your dream to make it as a footballer???
Are you willing to push yourself to get there???
Come and train with a former Tottenham FC Coach who has worked along side elite international and premier league footballers!
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11 months ago

This Saturday 27th, open training session for next season Under 13 EJA squad.

Great opportunity to develop with FA coaches in the EJA league.

Look forward to hearing from you
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1 years ago

Recruitment for outfield players only as we start our journey into EJA football as East Thurrock u13 EJA, contact to register ... See MoreSee Less

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Want to volunteer for the Eastern Junior Alliance Football League?

Do you enjoy youth football? How about donating some of your time by volunteering for the Eastern Junior Alliance Football League. We have various roles
we need people to fill to help youngsters in their football development- today’s youngsters could be tomorrow’s football stars! With your help we can continue to maintain
the high standards we have already set- all in the name of youth football!


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