For the ESFA Players…

The ESFA PlayStation National finals were hosted at West Bromwich Albion Stadium…

Between the 21st and 23rd the ESFA PlayStation Finals took place. The National finals were held across a three day footballing extravaganza last week .An intense 3 days saw teams compete fiercely to become the overall champions in their competitions.

The PlayStation Schools’ Cup is an exciting grassroots football partnership between PlayStation and the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA). The tournaments are open to girls and boys throughout England within the U12, U13, U14 and U15 age categories.

There was no shortage of hair raising moments especially during penalties as the desire to win was so strong.

Since the launch of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup in 2013, a number of leading professional footballers have supported the competition. The majority of these players have visited schools as part of the Tie of the Round roadshows, with others attending the season-ending PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival

Players were treated to a few special visits. On day 1 Steph Houghton, Man City and England captain made a special appearance.

On day 3 Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham player also made a surprise visit. Ryan had previous played in the PlayStation Schools Cup.Previous ESFA grassroots tournaments have helped nurture stars such as Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Phil Neville, Jermain Defoe, Chris Smalling, Nicky Butt, Joe Cole and Wes Brown.

Also YouTube celebrity ‘Manny’

There was no shortage of entertainment throughout the whole festival. From PlayStation consoles, T-shirt cannons and the cross bar challenge to name a few.

The level of skill impressed all spectators and the atmosphere from the crowd made it that much more memorable for everyone.

All matches from the ESFA’s West Bromwich Albion Football Club finals were streamed live online with full commentary via the PlayStation Schools’ Cup YouTube channel, PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Here you can view all the highlights and the best bits of both season-ending events and you can view a full fixture list from the three days at West Bromwich Albion Football Club below.

You can also find exclusive content on the ‘Schools Football’ Instagram and Twitter account.Make sure you follow both accounts for even more exciting content next season!

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ESFA U16 Premier League Finals Announced

Man City’s Academy Stadium to host ESFA Premier League Finals for 2019

School pupils from across England will step out on to Man City’s Academy Stadium pitch in their Premier League sponsored football kits on Wednesday 8 May to play the final fixture of their season that will determine whether or not they are to become National Champions in 2019.

National Finalists in the four English Schools’ FA (ESFA) U16 competitions, sponsored by the Premier League will have the opportunity to play in front of crowds of their own supporters and local schools as their season draws to a close. Teams have played their way through up to 9 rounds of knockout national competition, which cumulates in this year’s Manchester-based finals. Teams will travel from across England to take part in the Premier League Final showcase, which will pit the best teams in the U16 age group in the country against each other during the prestigious event.

Spectators are encouraged to attend the day’s festivities, with free entry for everyone and no limit to the number of matches supporters can stay for. For the full fixture list, please see below;

ESFA U16 Premier League Finals Fixtures:

Kick off Competition Teams
11:30am ESFA PL U16 Small Schools’ Cup Brooke House College (Leicestershire) v Our Lady’s RC High School (Manchester)
1:30pm ESFA PL U16 Schools’ Cup for Girls St Ivo School (Cambridgeshire) v Horizon Community College (South Yorkshire)
3:30pm ESFA PL U16 Elite Schools’ Cup Carre’s Grammar School (Lincolnshire) v Thomas Telford School (Shropshire)
5:30pm ESFA PL U16 Schools’ Cup for Boys Thomas Estley Community College (Leicestershire) v John Spence Community High School (Northumberland)

For the third season, all four of these U16 National Finals will be streamed live online, with full commentary via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV; allowing supporters who are unable to make the journey the opportunity to watch live online and players to re-live every moment of their match, following the final whistle.

The English Schools’ FA and Premier League wish the very best of luck to all eight of this year’s National Finalists and look forward to welcoming them along to Manchester City on the 8 May.