The Cornwall County Football Association was formed on 18 September 1889, at a meeting held at the Royal Hotel in Truro. Representatives from Dunheved College, Liskeard, Millbrook, Penzance, Porthcurnow, Probus, Torpoint, and Truro were involved in the meeting. The CCFA relocated to its present headquarters at Kernow House, Bodmin in December 2009. Almost four-hundred clubs are affiliated with the association today, with approximately five-hundred teams playing 11-a-side football in Cornwall, making it the most popular sport in the county.
The first Senior Cup was played at Liskeard on 3rd April 1893. 300 people saw Penzance defeat Launceston by 5-0. By the 1949 Final, the attendance was around 15,000 and gate receipts reached £1,000 for the first time. The annual turnover of the organisation is now around £400,000. Cornwall FA moved to its present Headquarters in Bodmin in December 2009. It now employs 11 staff. There are 5 Football Development Officers and numerous volunteers in clubs and leagues based around the county. Nearly 400 clubs are affiliated to Cornwall FA. There are around 500 teams playing 11-a-side football in Cornwall, making it by far the most popular sport. In addition, there are a further 300 teams playing youth football and 250 playing small sided games.