The League has fielded a representative team since 1920 when it drew its first match with the Oxford University Centaurs 1―1. 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.
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.
Argonaut Trophy | Steve Langley Cup
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.
Since 2003 the Steve Langley Cup is contested with the Amateur Football Combination in memory of the former SAL and Crouch End Vampires captain who died, aged 42, from lung cancer.
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