Oldest football competitions

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This is a list of the oldest documented football competitions, played at school, club, national and international levels. The first list contains competitions that have been played continuously. The second is a list of competitions that are now defunct.

Competitions

Years Date Competition Type First trophy awarded, years Original code Current code Location Notes
1858– 7 August Melbourne Grammar School-Scotch College Cordner-Eggleston Cup, 1989– schools fixture  ? experimental rules Australian rules football Melbourne, Australia
1858–[1] 11 December Merchiston Castle School vs. Edinburgh Academy schools fixture ? Rugby football Rugby union Edinburgh, Scotland
1871– FA Cup club trophy FA Cup
Original FA Cup trophy 1871–1897
Second FA Cup trophy 1898–1910
Current FA cup Trophy 1911–
Association football Association football England Oldest national football competition in the world.
1874– United Hospitals Challenge Cup club trophy United Hospitals Challenge Cup – 1874– Rugby football Rugby union Surrey, England Oldest rugby football competition in the world.
1874– Scottish Cup club trophy Scottish Cup 1874– Association football Association football Scotland
1875– Birmingham Senior Cup regional club knock-out cup competition 1875–  ? Association football English West Midlands Oldest regional trophy in the world.
1875–[2] BromsgroveKES schools fixture Siviter-Smith Cup, 1935– Rugby football Rugby union Bromsgrove/Birmingham, England Later trophy donated by Paul Siviter-Smith, a Birmingham businessman, who had sons at both schools.[3]
1876– 17 March Ulster Schools Cup cup tournament Schools Cup 1876– Rugby union Rugby union Ravenhill, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1877– Welsh Cup club trophy Welsh Cup, 1877– Association football Association football Wales
1877– 30 April South Australian Football Association club league Thomas Seymour Hill Premiership Trophy, ? Australian rules football Australian rules football Adelaide, South Australia Oldest Australian rules football league and earliest governing body.
1877– 17 May Victorian Football Association club league  ? Victorian rules Australian rules football Melbourne, Australia Most influential early governing body for Australian rules football.
1879– Tasmanian Football League club league  ? Victorian rules Australian rules football Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Some discontinuity, most recently dormant between 2001 and 2008.
1879– 10 March Calcutta Cup international challenge  ? Rugby football Rugby union England, Scotland Competed for by the England and Scotland international rugby teams annually.
1880– Cheshire Senior Cup county cup 1880– Association football Association football Cheshire, England Also includes teams from Greater Manchester and Merseyside, many from the historical boundaries of Cheshire.
1880– Bendigo Football League club league  ? Victorian rules Australian rules football Bendigo, Australia Includes the Castlemaine football club, second oldest football club in Australia.
1883– Black Diamond Football League club league Black Diamond Challenge Cup, 1888– Australian rules football Australian rules football Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia Trophy donated to the league by Newcastle’s Richmond Tobacco Co., claims to be the longest running football trophy in Australia.[4][5]
1885– West Australian Football League club league  ? Australian rules football Australian rules football Perth, Western Australia
1886– Airdrie Schools Cup club trophy  ? Association football Association football Airdrie, Scotland Oldest schools association football tournament in the world.[citation needed] The tournament ceased in 1994 when Broomfield Stadium was demolished but was rejuvenated in 2011 in celebration of 125th anniversary at the new Broomfield Stadium.
1887– All-Ireland Senior Football Championship inter-county cup 1928 Gaelic football Gaelic football
1888– The Football League club league  ? Association football Association football Oldest association football league.
1888– Durand Cup tournament Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1988– Experimental Association football Shimla, India Oldest football tournament in Asia.
1888– Broken Hill Football League club league  ? Australian rules football Australian rules football Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
1889– Currie Cup Regional Union Competition Currie Cup, 1889– Rugby football Rugby union South Africa Oldest regional rugby union competition in the world and oldest rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere.
1889– Northern Football League club league  ? Association football Association football North East England Second-oldest association football league in the world.
1890– Every June St Joseph's College, Dumfries  ? 1890, Part Pupils v Present Pupils Trophy Association football Association football Dumfries, Scotland
1891– Argentine Primera División club league  ? Association football Association football Argentina Oldest top-tier association football league in the world and oldest association football league outside Great Britain.
1892– Brown Shield interprovincial knockout tournament Brown Shield, 1892 Association football Association football New Zealand Originally the country's premier football trophy, now only contested sporadically.[6]
1893– IFA Shield tournament Royal Irish Rifles Experimental Association football Kolkata, India
1895– Belgian Pro League club league National Championships 1895– Association football Association football Belgium Oldest association football league in continental Europe.
1895– Hong Kong Shield club trophy Association football Association football Hong Kong
1895– Rugby Football League/Super League club league Rugby Football League Championship 1895– Rugby league Rugby league England
1896– Challenge Cup club league 1896– Rugby league Rugby league Europe
1896– Victorian Football League/Australian Football League club league Flag 1895-; AFL Premiership Cup, 1959– Australian rules football Australian rules football Victoria, Australia (national since 1990) Now the game's premier competition and highest governing body.
1898– Yates Cup college league Canadian football Canadian football Ontario, Canada The Ontario University Athletics football trophy and oldest football trophy in North America.
1898- Calcutta Football League club league Association football Association football Calcutta, India Oldest Association football league in Asia.
1901– Ontario Cup club trophy 1901– Association football Association football Canada Oldest association football competition in North America.
1901– Nemzeti Bajnokság club league Association football Association football Hungary
1901– New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union club league Rugby union Rugby union Sydney, Australia
1902– Copa del Rey club trophy Association football Association football Spain
1902– January 1 or 2 Rose Bowl Game bowl game American football American football Pasadena, California, United States
1902– May 3 Campeonato Paulista club league  ? Association football Association football São Paulo state, Brazil
1903– Sydney AFL club league Australian rules football Australian rules football Sydney, Australia
1904– AFL Queensland State League club league Australian rules football Australian rules football Brisbane, Australia
1908– NSWRL/National Rugby League club league Rugby league Rugby league Sydney, Australia
1908– Queensland Rugby League club league Rugby league Rugby league Brisbane, Australia
1908– The Ashes international challenge Rugby league Rugby league Australia & Great Britain
1908– Anzac Test international challenge Rugby league rugby league Australia & New Zealand
1908– Hong Kong First Division League club league Association football Association football Hong Kong
1909– Grey Cup Originally national club trophy; now national league "Rugby football" (early form of Canadian football) Canadian football Canada Now the championship trophy of the Canadian Football League.
1910– New Zealand Rugby League club league Rugby League Shield 1910– Rugby league Rugby league Auckland, New Zealand
1910– Newcastle Rugby League club league Rugby league Rugby league Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
1911– Illawarra Rugby League club league Rugby league Rugby league Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
1912– Úrvalsdeild club league Association football Association football Iceland
1912– The Challenge Trophy club fixture Connaught Cup 1913–1926, Challenge Trophy 1926–1954, Carling Cup 1954– Association football Association football Canada
1914– IUFU Collingwood Cup university trophy 1914– Association football Association football Republic of Ireland
1914– Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup club trophy National Challenge Cup (1914); Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1999–) Association football Association football United States Oldest association football competition in the United States of America.

Defunct competitions

Years Date Competition Type First trophy awarded, years Original code Location Notes
1860– 26 December interclub fixture Sheffield rules Sheffield, England [7][8]
1861–1876 December Caledonian Challenge Cup club trophy Caledonian Challenge Cup, 1861–1864 Melbourne Rules Melbourne, Australia [9]
1867 only Youdan Cup club trophy Youdan Cup, 1867 Sheffield rules Sheffield, England
1868 only Cromwell Cup club trophy Cromwell Cup, 1868 Sheffield rules Sheffield, England
1882–? Northern Football Association club league  ? Victorian rules Launceston, Tasmania
1884–1984 Home International Championship international challenge Home International Championship, 1884–1984 Association football Home Nations (UK)
1888–1956 Netherlands Football League Championship club league  ? Association football
1890–2004 Irish League club league  ? Association football Northern Ireland
1890–2013 Scottish Football League club league  ? Association football Scotland
1891–2001 Rovers Cup tournament 1st Worcester Regiment Experimental Bombay, India

References

  1. ^ Chris Thau. "The oldest running rugby fixture in the world". Retrieved October 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Bromsgrove & KES Birmingham.
    • Thomas Winter Hutton, King Edward's School, Birmingham, 1552–1952, Blackwell, 1952. p. 148 "The first Bromsgrove game was in 1875, and 121 games have been played—two in a season at one period."
    • Henry Icely, Bromsgrove School through four centuries, Blackwell, 1953. pp. 69,99. "Rugby football, hitherto an unregulated and unsatisfactory game, was by 1875 a far better occupation for October half-holidays than wooding." "In the seventies the Rugby game was still twelve a side. There were School matches. KES, Birmingham, was an early fixture; SES, Oxford, was played for the first time in 1882."
  3. ^ Highbeam Research citing Michael Blair, RUGBY UNION: Refresher course in old values; King Edward's School Birmingham 0 Bromsgrove School 18 the Birmingham Post, 2 December 2002
  4. ^ "FOOTBALL.". Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 12 May 1888. p. 6. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Australian Football 150 Years > Article > Football gold mined in coal country
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Hallam FC
  8. ^ Sheffield FC
  9. ^ First contested in 1862 (a trophy was prepared for an 1861 match that was cancelled). The first Australian Rules competition and trophy History of the Royal Caledonian Society of Melbourne. Later trophy donated by the Athletic Sports Committee before becoming the South Yarra Challenge Cup.
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