The League has fielded a representative team since its inception in 1907. From that time until the early 21st century the fixture list remained more or less the same, consisting of other AFA-affiliated leagues, universities, public schools and member clubs celebrating milestone occasions.
Since 2007, however, the FA Inter-League Cup has provided more varied opponents from across the country. Winning the competition at the first attempt allowed the team to represent England at the UEFA Regions Cup, a feat they hope to achieve again in the near future.
Since 2016 the team has also competed in the Argonaut Trophy, a round-robin tournament contested by the AFA's three open aged men's leagues, the SAL, the Amateur Football Combination and theArthurian League.
Manager Bob Leeds selects players from across the League by visiting as many matches as possible.
However, he is always grateful for tips on promising players so if your club has someone who could make a mark then email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FA Inter-League Cup
Since 2007 the team has entered the FA Inter-League Cup (previously the FA National League System Cup) which sees league representative teams from across England compete with the winning team qualifying for the UEFA Regions Cup. Most of the leagues are part of Step 7 of the National League System - the official name for the higher reaches of England's non-league football pyramid - but certain others like the SAL are also invited to enter.
The SAL won the competition at the first time of asking by defeating the Midland Combination (Division 1) on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Coventry City's Ricoh Arena on 3 May 2008. The team went on to represent England at the Regions Cup in Italy in October 2008, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the final tournament despite remaining unbeaten and not conceding a goal in a group containing sides from Italy, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. The team has since reached the semi-finals in 2012 and 2016.
Starting in 2016 the League contests the Argonaut Trophy against the Amateur Football Combination, the Arthurian League and the Herts Senior County League. The teams play against each other once each in a mini-league with drawn matches decided by penalties with the winners getting a bonus point.
Steve Langley Cup
Since 2003 the Steve Langley Cup has been contested with the Amateur Football Combination in memory of the former SAL and Crouch End Vampires captain who died, aged 42, from lung cancer.
Wherever possible representative fixtures are filmed by FC Video. Along with cup final videos, these are available to view on the SAL YouTube channel. Below are a selection of matches in recent seasons. DVDs of these are available from FC Video for £5.00.