On July 24th 1905, representatives from of clubs in the Jersey Football League met at the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society headquarters then in Church Street, and deiced to form the Jersey Football Association. Mr. Thos F Adderson was appointed Jersey Football Association inaugural President. That meeting was followed by the first council meeting on the 14th August attended by representatives of seven local clubs; Jersey Wanderers, Post Office F.C, Caesarean F.C St. Luke's F.C, The Rangers F.C and the Royal Garrison Artillery F.C.
During the 1906-07 season Guernsey FA received a letter from Upton Park FC, who offered a challenge trophy to commemorate there many pleasant trips to Guernsey. This would become known as the 'Upton Park Trophy' and would eventually be contested by the League winners of Guernsey and Jersey, this trophy is still contested for today.
Football continued to develop in jersey up until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The league had become so depleted of players that in a special General Meeting held on the 7th December 1914, it was decided that all football cease until a time that the Association deemed possible. The association did not reconvene until the winter of 1918. It took a further year until the association could form a competitive league and 1919 Jersey had a competitive football league formed.
Football continued to progress in Jersey after the Great War. Jersey Football Association introduced a number of Association Cups including; the Wheway Memorial Trophy in 1919, John Tregear Memorial Cup in 1927 and the Willis Cup in 1929. All of these cup competitions continue to be played for today.
Football continued to grow under the Jersey FA throughout the 1930’s with the annual Muratti Vase Final attracting thousands. That was until the outbreak of Second World War in 1939 and the occupation of the Channel Islands in the 1940 Second World War However and the Occupation of Jersey by German forces in 1940.The occupation brought new and serious problems although the Association was not permitted to function during these years, it went underground and shortly after the occupation began a subcommittee was created to keep the game alive.
Clubs once again found themselves depleted of players and officials, and it was therefore decided to focus on creating a U17 league the Association. Football grounds where requisitioned for military purposes and fixtures struggled to be played. In 1942 a league and cup competition was permitted. The final of the cup was witnessed by thousands as Old St. Pauls FC took on the Corinthians FC. In 1945 the association received advice from the States of Jersey Officer of Health suggesting; “Owing to the to the effects of malnutrition on the population it is suggested that that sport should be discontinued.” Football was not played again until the Island's liberation in 1945. where by the Jersey FA Senior Representative side took to field against a team made up from the liberating British Army.
The occupation seemingly put an end to football in the Channel islands. However, away from the island in 1942 a group of Jerseymen participating in the Bury District League faced a Guernsey XI in un-official Murrati. In 1943 and 1944 more un- official Muratti's took place in Laufen Internment Camp, Bavaria, Germany.
After the Second World War Football thrived in Jersey. The 1950's witnessed the rise of G. Le Maistre, arguably one of Jersey most successful Muratti players scoring 24 goals in 21 Muratti games.
The prominence of Jersey football continued to rise through the decades and it was in the 1980's where Jersey most successful player made his debut - Greame Le Saux. The St. Pauls F.C winger Le Saux, went onto represent Blackburn Rovers FC, Chelsea FC and Southampton FC and eventually England.
In 1986 the Jersey FA founded the Centre of Excellence its aim; to provide an advanced player pathway for youngsters on the Island. The Centre of Excellence continues to this day, it has grown from a single group of U14 boys to 112 boys and 60 girls participating in the Girls Player development Centre across seven age groups. the Centre is known for supporting the development of some of Jersey most talented footballers including, Brett Pitman, Peter Vincenti and Kurtis Gutherie.
In recent years, Jersey Football Association (JFA) launched an application to join the Union of European Football Associations otherwise known as UEFA. The decision to apply to UEFA was not taken lightly. It has been years in the planning, Jersey first looked to apply in 2001 under president Charlie Tostevin but were told by UEFA not to apply as they would not be entitled to become a member.
weather the application to UEFA is successful or not is yet to be seen, meanwhile Jersey FA remain committed to providing football for all. In doing so the Jersey FA outline there plan to grow the game in there 2015-2019 Business plan - available from Rules & Regulations Page.