Welcome to Royal Air Force Football
Football is the largest participation sport in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and plays a key role in assisting fitness and teamwork, vital for successful operations. Football is played in some 40 RAF Units in the UK and 4 permanent large RAF units overseas in Cyprus, Gibraltar, Germany and Belgium. Football is also used by Commanders for fitness, competition, team-building, recreation and personal development in world-wide locations, including the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The RAF Football Association (RAF FA) was formed in 1920 and is a County Level organisation, affiliated within the Football Association. The RAF FA provides structured opportunities to participate in football for all serving personnel and associated civilians, irrespective of age, colour and gender.
The RAF FA headquarters at RAF Brize Norton, with its full time staff, work with the Association’s Executive Committee, to address areas encompassing Coaching, Discipline, Refereeing, Communications & Sponsorship and Finance. The RAF FA manages football in line with the strategies and regulations of the Football Association.
The Royal Air Force is currently the Men’s Inter-Service Champions and fields other Representative Teams, including, Ladies, Development and Officers’ (Icarus FC). The Representative Teams compete in the Inter-Services against the Army and Royal Navy, as well as national competitions and friendly fixtures. Wider football participation is also promoted via Inter-Region and RAF Cup competitions, Service, Station and civilian football leagues. Nationally organised small sided competitions have helped the RAF FA with the transformation of RAF football.
The RAF FA’s plans and priorities are identified within the RAF FA National Game Strategy (2008 -2012). The Association is focussed on ‘Start’, ‘Stay’ and ‘Succeed’ and is committed to delivering a wide range of benefits to stakeholders who include coaches, referees, players, club officials, sponsors, Sports Board, Air Training Cadets and local populations. Our aim is to develop football, our personnel, and our organisation together.
Click here to find out about the Representative Teams of the Royal Air Force Football Assocation.