The Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association has a membership of 66 clubs and is currently one of the largest amateur football associations in Scotland. The Association was formed in 1947 and its coverage extends to both the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The Association is affiliated to the Scottish Amateur Football Association (“SAFA”), which celebrated its centenary in 2009, and the aims of the Association are to foster and develop the game of amateur football in the local area.
The AAFA clubs are divided into five leagues – a Premier Division, two First Division sections (North and East) and two Second Division sections (North and East). The system of promotion and relegation allows new clubs to reach the Premier Division within two seasons.
The Champions in the respective leagues in season 2018-19 were as follows:
- Premier Division: Woodside
- Division One (North): Newburgh Thistle
- Division One (East): Echt
- Division Two (North): Faithlie United
- Division Two (East): Colony Park
A Player of the Year award is made to the outstanding player in each division, based on man of the match votes from opponents in league games throughout the season. A Divisional Fair Play trophy is also awarded to the team in each division with the fewest disciplinary points throughout the season.
All AAFA Clubs are eligible to enter the Scottish Amateur Cup competition. The first two rounds are drawn on a regional basis and there is a national draw from the third round onwards.
AAFA Clubs are also eligible to enter the North of Scotland Amateur Cup which is one of seven regional cup competitions run under the auspices of the Scottish Amateur Football Association.
The AAFA also organises a range of cup competitions for member clubs each season. The most prestigious of these is the Aberdeen FC Trophy, which was donated to the Association by Aberdeen Football Club in season 1947-48. The Aberdeen FC Trophy is a knock-out cup competition for all 71 member clubs. The two other main AAFA cup competitions are the Association Trophy (contested by clubs at Premier and First Division level) and the Dickie Trophy (contested by clubs at Second Division level).
In addition, there is a knockout league cup competition for each division, as follows:
- Premier Division – Premier Trophy
- Division One (North) – Stephen Shield
- Division One (East) – White Cup
- Division Two (North) – Castle Rovers Cup
- Division Two (East) – Barclay Cook Cup
The Edmond Trophy is contested by the clubs who lose in the first round of the Aberdeen FC Trophy. The Bowie Cup is contested by the clubs who lose in the first round of the Association Trophy. The Hans Fyfe Trophy is contested by the clubs who lose in the first round of the Dickie Trophy.
The Ian Napier Memorial Shield is contested annually by the Division One (North) and Division One (East) champions from the previous season. The John Todd Memorial Trophy was introduced in season 2009/10 and is contested by the top two clubs from the Premier Division in the previous season.
The elected Office Bearers in season 2019/20 are as follows:-
President – Jim Napier (Kintore)
Vice-President and Registrations Secretary – Steven Hill
Association Secretary and Match Secretary – Martin Smith
Disciplinary Secretary – Larry Officer
Treasurer – David Fleming
General Committee Meetings
General Committee Meetings of all clubs are held every two months. Dates for the the 2019/20 season are:
- Thursday 17th October 2019
- Thursday 23rd January 2020
- Thursday 19th March 2020
- Tuesday 14th May 2020
- Thursday 18th June 2020 – AGM
All meetings are held in the East End Social Club Loynge starting at 6.30pm.
The five AAFA leagues will be sponsored by Soccer World in season 2019/20. Rainbow City Taxis will sponsor the Aberdeen FC Trophy, Premier Trophy, Stephen Shield, White Cup, Castle Rovers Cup and Barclay Cook Cup in season 2019/20. Healthy Business Healthy You will sponsor the Association Trophy and Dickie Trophy in season 2019/20.
The Association would like to extend its thanks to our sponsors for their support.
Any club which is interested in joining the Association in season 2020/21 should contact the Association Secretary by 30th April 2020.
Any club wishing to transfer from another Association in season 2020/21 should contact the Association Secretary before 31st March 2020.