ESFA National Finals, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA launch ‘Goal of the Finals’ competition

An interactive vote to crown the ‘best goal’ of the 2019/20 National Finals

On Thursday (12 November), the ESFA will be launching the first round of the ESFA Goal of the Finals compeition via Twitter. 16 goals have been shortlisted from the 2019/20 National Finals coverage at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in October and will now be put to the public vote in order to whittle the nominees down to just one, which will be named ‘Goal of the Finals’.

The ESFA will be posting the first 16 videos and launching votes between 1pm & 2pm on Thursday and voting will be closed on Sunday evening. The semi-final vote will take place on Thursday 19 November and the final vote on Wednesday 25 November, with the winner being announced on Friday 27th.

The ESFA are delighted to be able to showcase some of the excellent talent and skill shown off by schools’ footballers at the ‘height’ of the 2019/20 season and are looking forward to sharing the videos across social media this week.


Make sure you follow the ESFA’s social channels:

Twitter: @SchoolsFootball
Instagram: @schoolsfootball
Facebook: @schoolsfootball

Classroom Challenge, Sponsors and Partners

ESFA Panini Classroom Challenge Winner Announced

The latest Classroom Challenge to ‘design a trophy’ has found a worthy winner!

Through the ESFA and Panini’s ongoing partnership, in September 2020, primary schools in England were invited to register to receive some Premier League Adrenalyn XL Trading Card goodies for their school, including worksheets with a competition to design a trophy for their school team, a club or an interest…the options were limitless! The competition prize was an incredible £2,000 cash for the winning school, plus a £50 Amazon voucher and football shirt for the winning pupil. To top it all off, winners also receive the option of a presentation assembly, which can be held virtually due to the current pandemic, for their school pupils.

Following a difficult judging process of over 3,500 entries with an incredibly high standard of work, the ESFA and Panini are delighted to announce that Beckwithshaw Community Primary School in Harrogate produced the winning entry thanks to Jack from year 6.

The ESFA judges were delighted with the quality of entries submitted from all participating schools and found the level of work that went into each of them was impressively high. As such, the ESFA and Panini also wanted to share two other designs, both of which were very close to the top spot!

Submitted by Jasper from All Saints Bedworth Primary School in Warwickshire and Aaron from Millfield Primary School in Norfolk – the judging panel were really impressed with the quality of design from these pupils.

We would like to thank Jack and all the pupils from Beckwithshaw Community Primary School, as well as all the other competing schools, for taking the time to enter this competition and providing us with such fantastic examples of artistic design by young students. The school are now set to receive their winning prizes!