UK Armed Forces Football

The UK Armed Forces Football Association is made up of representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Football Associations with the Chairmanship being on a two year rotational basis. The UKAFFA oversee the running of the Kentish Cup and  Inter-Service competitions.

Kentish Cup

This football competition was created in 1921 and it has been competed for 87 times including 2014. The tournament has grown since it started during the First World War as the British, French and Belgian Allies started to organise matches behind the front line. The Cup, the oldest in the UEFA and FIFA, was named after the British officer KENTISH who encouraged the soldiers to play football.

It has been won 27 times by France, 27 times by Belgium, 22 times by United Kingdom, 9 times by the Netherlands and there have been 2 draws and in 1929 the tournament was not completed. The triangular tournament was cancelled during the Second World War.  France withdrew in 1986 and the Netherlands replaced them up until 2005 when France rejoined the competition making it a 4 nations tournament. Regrettably in 2009 Belgium withdrew due to military commitments.

Inter-Services History

The Inter Service Championships have been contested each year since 1919 with the exception of the Second World War years.  The overall winners of the Inter Service Championships will receive the “Constantinople Cup”.  Members of the United Services Club Constantinople, in Turkey, better known today as Istanbul, presented the Cup on 21 November 1922, for Inter Services Boxing. However in January 1924 the Constantinople Cup was re- designated for Inter Services Football.

The competition is competed for by each Service at Men's Senior, Men's U23 and Ladies Representative team level.

In 2014 the RAF Men's Senior Representative team created history by winning the Constantinople Cup for a record 7th consecutive season.

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