Deaf footballers in the United Kingdom are currently exploring the possibility of establishing a national deaf football league. The league would be different than the existing structure, which is based around English Deaf Football. This locks out Belfast Deaf Football and Glasgow Deaf Football from playing. English Deaf Football’s structure is also focused more around a tournament than it is about providing a real national league.
Efforts to gather information about the feasibility of creating new national competition started earlier this month, with the creation of a logo and outreach to existing deaf football clubs to assess interest levels. Following the results of a club survey, the results will be shared with the Football Associations of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Organizers are also encouraging people interested in a women’s league and youth league to get in touch, as adding these to their plans depends on expressed interest level.
Several clubs have expressed interest so far including Sunderland DAFC and Birmingham Deaf FC. Clubs interested in completing the survey have until March 15, with the results being anonymous. The people investigating creating the league are looking to get around 300 total responses. As of Friday, they had 100 responses.