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ESFA National Schools’ Cup Live Draws return for Schools’ Football Week 2023

The ESFA is delighted to announce the return of the ESFA National Schools’ Cup Live draws as part of the Schools’ Football Week 2023 celebrations

With Schools’ Football Week 2023, in partnership with Pro:Direct Sport (6th-12th February 2023) rapidly approaching, the ESFA is delighted to announce the return of the ESFA National Schools’ Cup Live draws, following the success of the inaugural live draws in 2022. The event will cover the U12-U15 PlayStation Schools’ Cup competitions, the U16 – U18 Schools’ Cup competitions and the ESFA U18 Super League, drawing the quarter finals or semi-finals of each of the respective competitions.

The draw will be taking place at West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns Stadium and will be streamed on Monday 6th February from 5pm on the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV.

This season’s ESFA National Cup Competitions has seen a record 7,230 school teams including 1,886 girls teams taking part, an increase of 667 teams on the overall entries. The live draws are the perfect way to celebrate the successes of the teams still in the competitions as well as build up the excitement for the closing stages of the tournaments, with the opportunity of a National Final within touching distance for the teams involved. The ESFA is grateful to West Bromwich Albion FC for once again setting the stage for these draws, as the Association begins preparations to host its 20 PlayStation Schools’ Cup Finals at the ground in May 2023.

Last year’s Live Draw event was the first of its kind and saw over 7,000 people tuning in throughout the event to see who the best schools’ football teams in the country would face on the way to the final. This event can be viewed below.

More information including a schedule of events for each competition will be announced next week via email and the ESFA’s social media channels, allowing you to tune in for your specific competitions. Make sure to tag @Schoolsfootball on social media using #ESFALiveDraws with your draw reactions.

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ESFA Inter-Association National Cup draws are live!

The opening rounds have been drawn and the group stages created for the ESFA 2022/23 Inter-Association National Competitions.

County Schools’ FA’s can find their draws here.

District Schools’ FA’s entering the ESFA U11 Inter-Association National Cup can find their draw here.

District Schools’ FA’s entering the ESFA Inter-Association National Cups can find their draws here.

Participating associations will receive an email from the National Competitions Department over the next couple of weeks, with further information on the competitions, rules and play-on dates. ESFA handbooks will be distributed to participating Associations in due course.

The National Finals of the Inter Association National Cups for the 2021/22 season were hosted at Stoke City FC back in May and were a great advert for Inter-Association football. You can watch these finals back on our YouTube channel here.

Social Media – Stay up to date and share your stories!

Don’t forget to share your opening round draw on social media by tagging your opponents and @schoolsfootball using the #SchoolsFootball hashtag. Keep us involved in your fixtures throughout the Schools’ Football season by tagging us in your results tolet us help you celebrate the achievements of your players.