featured, National Competitions

Association of Muslim Schools’ hosts Finals Tournament- Report

Harborough Town FC hosted the annual Association of Muslim Schools’ (AMS) finals day on Wednesday 11th March 2020. Muslim schools from across the country participated in a girls’ tournament in the morning, followed by the boys’ in the afternoon. 

Referees, supplied by Leicestershire FA, presided over the girls’ teams during a competitive “round robin” league stage, which saw reigning champions Irqa Academy from Peterborough top the group with Madani Girls School from Leicester as runners up qualifying for the final. 

In windy conditions, Iqra emerged victorious with a hard fought 2-0 victory to retain the trophy. 

During the presentations, Andy Weston, ESFA Development Manager thanked the girls for their commitment and enthusiasm and praised the quality of football that the girls are playing, even though some of them are relatively new to the sport. 

The boys’ tournament was highly competitive, but goals were at a premium with Madani Boys school from Leicester and Eternal Light school from Bradford reaching the final. The final saw Madani make most of the running with Eternal Lights goal leading a charmed life and with some resolute defending the game went to penalties. 

With the score at 2-1 in the penalty shoot out, Eternal Lights goalkeeper produced a stunning save to win the trophy and become the AMS champions for the first time. 

For further information please contact andy.weston@schoolsfa.com or 07855 942337

featured, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA Council Member Recruitment – Join In

Help us improve the world of Schools’ Football

The ESFA Council serves a key role in the world of Schools’ Football. Consisting of Council Members who are appointed to represent the four regions of England (North, Midlands, South East and South West), the primary responsibility of an ESFA Council Member is to direct and support matters relating to managing, running and delivering schools’ football along with any other matters as the Charity Trustees shall determine from time to time.  

Representing your area as a Council Member gives you the opportunity to have a valuable input on the things that matter to your local area in terms of Schools’ Football and the way in which the ESFA shape the football landscape across England.  

You can take a look at a video from our Vice Chairman, Mark Hignett, who is also a Deputy Head of a secondary school in Shropshire, on why becoming an ESFA Council Member is a great opportunity.  


The ESFA understand the pressures on teachers, particularly with extra-curricular activities and the desire to have family time as well: however, the ESFA is an establishment based on an educational ethos and therefore, it is important to us at this time to aim to recruit as many Council Members as possible who are still active teachers.  Eligibility for nomination is defined as:  

  • Individuals with QTS who are also active within their local Schools’ Football Association are eligible to undertake a 3 year term as an ESFA Council Member 

There are a number of vacancies on Council for the period 2020/21 to 2022/23 in all four geographical areas and the ESFA are keen to invite some new faces on board to help us to continue to develop the football offer that we provide to school children across the country each season.  

How to apply 

If you wish to be nominated for the opportunity for a place on the ESFA’s Council, nominations must be submitted by your local Schools’ Football Association to Andrea Chilton, CEO, via the form which is available to download below, by close of business on  3 April 2020. 

Nominations must come from an ESFA affiliated Association and must be seconded by another ESFA affiliated Association.