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ESFA National Finals kick off for 2019 – U18 Elite Cup

ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup Final 2019 – this year’s finalists

The ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup final kicks off at 12pm on Tuesday 26 March at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park. 

The finalists, who have battled through 6 previous rounds, in a competition featuring over 120 teams, will face each other for the final match of the season in Blackburn. Entry to the stadium is free for all students and Blackburn Rovers season ticket holders and only £4 for adults. Alternatively, you can watch the action unfold live via 

Balby Carr Community Academy (Doncaster)

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2019 will be the first time Balby Carr Community Academy’s U18s have reached an ESFA National Final in 10 years. The squad has averaged 5 goals per game, with just one clean sheet. They have conceded, on average 0.8 goals per game.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Balby Carr Community Academy 15 1 Minsthorpe Community College
Round 2 Balby Carr Community Academy 3 1 Barnsley College
Round 3 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Bishop Burton College
Round 4 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Brooke House College
Quarter Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 1 Northgate High School
Semi Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 0 Shipley College

Hartpury College (Gloucester)

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In the three years that the ESFA have been running the U18 Elite Cup, Hartpury have made it to the National Final twice, winning the 2016/17 title. Hartpury’s squad also features two players from the current England Schoolboys’ squad and one from the 2017/18 squad.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Hartpury College Bye    
Round 2 New College Swindon 0 6 Hartpury College
Round 3 Cadbury VI Form College 0 3 Hartpury College
Round 4 Hartpury College 4 3 Millfield School
Quarter Final Hartpury College 7 1 Bradfield College
Semi Final Barking Abbey School 1 2 Hartpury College

Good luck to both Balby Carr and Hartpury in this year’s National Final! You can keep up with all the ‘behind the scenes’ action via the ESFA’s Instagram and Twitter accounts (@SchoolsFootball) – and view the match live, online and for free at

Date: Tuesday 26 March

KO: 12pm

Venue: Blackburn Rovers FC, Ewood Park

ESFA National Finals

A Celebration Of Girls’ Football At AFC Fylde

Preview AFC Fylde

Over 100 schools and colleges from across England entered the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) U18 Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup for Girls competitions this season and on Wednesday 27 March 2019, the two remaining National Finalists from each competition will battle it out to become National Champions at AFC Fylde’s beautiful Mill Farm stadium.

Mill Farm AFC Fylde

The four finalists, who ahead of next weeks final will have progressed through five previous rounds of their respective competitions, will partake in these final fixtures to decide which teams will become victorious in 2019.

The event will be a celebration of girls’ football at the very highest schools’ football level and will include female match officials, the ESFA are also hoping to secure some female co-commentators for the coverage, maybe even from AFC Fylde’s own women’s squad.


The ESFA have seen an increase in entries into girls’ football competitions this season and hope that this all-girl event will be a fantastic way to showcase the talent firmly rooted within England’s schools’ football system. The ESFA are hoping to be able to attract an enthusiastic crowd to help cheer the teams on throughout the day.

Darren Alcock, ESFA National Competitions Manager said ‘The atmosphere in the stadium makes all the difference to the players on the pitch and whilst we do all we can to create a fantastic match-day experience for them, we rely on supporters and the public to create a real buzz around the Final. Schools from the local area will be invited to attend, with special discounted rates of entry and AFC Fylde season ticket holders can also claim free entry for the match. We hope to welcome along as many spectators as possible to enjoy the event’

Entry will be charged on arrival at Mill Farm at a rate of £4/adult and free of charge for all students under 18. Hospitality packages for the event are available to purchase and via the ESFA Event page.

The ESFA are delighted that, for the third season, all National Finals will once again be streamed live online via the ESFA YouTube channel – meaning those supporters who are unable to make the event can still keep up with all the action live and direct to their mobile device.


ESFA Girls’ U18 Schools’ Cup Final – 12pm KO

ESFA Girls’ U18 Colleges’ Cup Final – 4pm KO

The ESFA would like to thank AFC Fylde for hosting their first National Finals and are looking forward to announcing the four teams that will get the opportunity to play at the fantastic Mill Farm Stadium in 2019.