United Counties League
|Number of teams||41|
|Level on pyramid||Levels 9–10|
|Feeder to||Southern League Division One Central Northern Premier League Division One South|
|Domestic cup(s)||United Counties League Cup FA Cup In Preliminary Round Stages|
|Current champions||AFC Rushden & Diamonds (Premier Division)
Northampton Spencer (Division One)
|Website||United Counties League at The FA |
The United Counties League (also known after its sponsor as the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League) is an English football league covering Northamptonshire, Rutland and Bedfordshire, as well as parts of Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. It had a total of four divisions, two for first teams and two for reserve teams, but the reserves' divisions were merged into a single division for season 2013/14 and remains so at present. Clubs in the Premier Division are eligible to enter the FA Cup in the Preliminary Round stages. Those clubs in the league with floodlights are eligible for the FA Vase, and there are knockout cups for the Premier/Division One clubs and for the Reserve Divisions clubs.
The Premier Division is at level 9 (step 5) of the National League System, feeding into the Southern Football League Division One Midlands. It was known as the Northamptonshire League until 1934. There are currently nineteen clubs in this division, three less than is normal for Leagues at a similar level in the English football league system. The member clubs take part in Cup competitions organised by the County FA to which they are affiliated and other Cup competitions.
Division One is at level 10 (step 6) in the football pyramid above four smaller local leagues at the base of the recognized NLS: the Northamptonshire Combination, Northampton Town League, Bedfordshire Football League, and Peterborough & District League. There are currently twenty-two clubs in this division. It is one of the few step 6 divisions across the country that is not all-floodlit.
The membership of the two reserve divisions (Reserve Division One and Reserve Division Two) is made up largely of the Reserve teams of the clubs in the main United Counties League. These divisions were merged into a single division of twenty teams for season 2013/14, and will continue as such for 2014/15.