ESFA National Finals, National Competitions

ESFA Deaf Schools’ Cup Finals

On Tuesday 11th February the ESFA hosted the Deaf Schools’ Cup Finals at the Derby Soccer Dome.

The Finals which are held every year by the ESFA was attended by 27 Schools from around the country who played in 3 different competitions:

  • Junior Boys’ Cup
  • Senior Boys’ Cup
  • Girls’ Cup

The event which was hosted at the Derby Soccer Dome was played in an amazing spirit by all with students thoroughly enjoying their day and the competition.  The three competitions were split into group stages, where the top 2 schools progressed through to the knockout stages. The four teams who progressed from the group stages faced off in a semi-final and then a final to decide a winner.

The winners of the Junior Boys competition were Heathlands School from Hertfordshire after winning 5-4 in a tense penalty shootout in the final.

The winners of the Senior Boys were Royal School for the Deaf Derby who came away 2-0 winners v Knightsfield School in the final.

The winner of the girls’ competition was also Royal School for the Deaf Derby who beat Junior Boys winners Heathlands in the Final.

All in all an amazing event for everyone involved and a big thank you to all 27 teams who took part!

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ESFA National Finals, National Competitions, The World of Schools' Football

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.