Glesmford and Cavendish United have pulled out of the Cambridgeshire FA-run Kershaw League Senior B Division and will take the place of their reserve team in NMC Division Four A.
The amalgamated village side have also been withdrawn from the Suffolk Junior Cup — which they won in 2011 — and will instead play in the Primary Cup.
United were promoted after finishing third in last season’s Division One A, but will now start the new season four leagues below the Senior B.
Club chairman Darren Aitken said: “We decided to pull out because we had a lack of players with the calibre needed.
“It’s mad because the first team has done so well to get this far and won the Junior Cup, but we have so few players that want to stay on.”
The club’s finest season came in 2010/11 when they did the double, lifting the Division Three A title and the Junior Cup, beating Leiston St Margarets 3-1 in the Portman Road final.
“It’s hard on the players that want to stay, but now we have a whole generation who aren’t bothered about playing football,” added Aitken.
“It would have been embarrassing for us and the league to have a team getting battered every week.”
In the Primary Cup, Glemsford and Cavendish face a home tie with Stoke-by-Nayland, another side who have withdrawn from a higher league and replaced their reserves.
Stoke-by-Nayland will drop down from the Colchester and East Essex Premier Division to Division Two.
Clare Town have also decided to withdraw from the Cambridgeshire FA County League NMC Division One A, taking the place of their reserves in Division Five A.