featured, National Competitions

ESFA Super League-Knockout Stage Draws.

The ESFA are preparing to announce the knockout stage draw for the both the Mens and Women’s ESFA Super League competition.


This exciting new format of competition is designed for those schools, colleges and private providers which offer a football academy or development programme at the sixth form level.  It is perfect for those establishments which deliver regular football training sessions, strength & conditioning and possibly analysis sessions for its students – both female and male.  The competition is 11v11 football and all matches are played outdoor using age appropriate pitch and goal sizes in accord with FA rules. 


Group Phase: In the Men’s category of competition, the 120 teams that entered the competition back in September were initially drawn into one of 16 leagues.  In the Women’s category, the 38 teams which entered the competition were drawn into one of 8 leagues.  In the group phase, each team played each other once, with a win gaining 3 points, a draw gaining 1 point and a defeat gaining 0 points.  The highest ranked team in each league has been determined using the following:

  1. Points
  2. Goal Difference
  3. Goals Scored
  4. Head to head result

The winners and runners-up of the group phase has qualified to compete in the national knockout phase of the last 32 teams (Men’s) and the last 16 teams (Women’s).  The final league tables can be viewed here.

Knockout Phase: The two qualifying teams from each group have progress to the knockout phase.  The draw has been seeded so that the winners of each group will play a team which finished as runners-up in another group.  At this point, matches will take place on the cup-tie principle, using extra time and penalties if necessary to determine which team progresses to the next round.  There will be no replays.


Men’s Knockout Phase (Matches will be played on or before the published date below)

  • Round of 32    Saturday 08 February 2020
  • Round of 16    Saturday 29 February 2020
  • Round of 8      Saturday 14 March 2020
  • Semi-Finals      Saturday 28 March 2020
  • Final                April / May 2020

Women’s Knockout Phase (Matches will be played on or before the published date below)

  • Round of 16    Saturday 08 February 2020
  • Round of 8      Saturday 29 February 2020
  • Semi-Finals      Saturday 14 March 2020
  • Final                April / May 2020



Park View School (WA)


Barnsley College (RUB)

Bishop Burton College (WB)


Monkseaton High School (RUA)

Calderdale College (WC)


Ashton on Mersey School (RUD)

Priestley College (WD)


Ackworth School (RUC)

North Shropshire College (WE)


New College Stamford (RUF)

Ratcliffe College (WF)


Thomas Telford School (RUE)

Millfield School (WG)


Hartpury College (RUH)

Knights Group Aldershot Town FC (WH)


South Devon College Pro Direct Academy (RUG)

John Madejski Academy (WI)


Wilson’s School (RUP)

The Open Academy (WJ)


Cedars Upper School (RUK)

Milton Keynes College (WK)


Dereham Education Soccer Academy (RUJ)

SEEVIC College (WL)


The Lea Valley Academy (RUM)

St Charles VI Form College (WM)


Shenfield High School (RUL)

Royal Russell School (WN)


Wentworth International College (RUO)

Worthing College (WO)


The Abbey School (RUN)

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace (WP)


 Barton Peveril College (RUI)


Gateshead College (WA)


Runshaw College (RUB)

Huddersfield New College (WB)


Durham VI Form Centre (RUA)

Thomas Telford School (WC)


Exeter College (RUD)

Hartpury College (WD)


Solihull College (RUC)

John Madejski Acdemy (WE)


Esher College (RUH)

St Joseph’s College (WF)


Lea Valley Academy (RUG)

Barking Abbey School (WG)


East Norfolk VI Form College (RUF)

Blenheim High School (WH)


The VI Form College Farnborough (RUE)

Good Luck to all teams on making the next round of the competition!

featured, Match Reports

ESFA Midweek Report – Goals, Goals, Goals!

The opening round of the U13 Small Schools Cup saw a quite amazing back and forth game in the suburbs of Wolverhampton as Wrekin College hit the net 9 times in a 16 goal thriller at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Despite having the best of the opening exchanges the hosts soon found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline with the visitors taking advantage of space behind the WGS defence.

The game, and scoring, was far from over though as in the blink of an eye the home side had drawn level as they fired in two quick goals of their own including one from the penalty spot.

If we thought we were in for a close game after that we were right – although nobody expected the half-time interval to arrive with Wrekin ahead 4-3 in what was quickly turning into an exhibition of wide open football that was sure to test how well secured the goal nets were!

The goals continued to flow in the second half and, remarkably, the visitors even had a goal chalked off as both teams went back and forth almost scoring at will.

On reflection we should have used the cricket scoreboard behind one goal to keep score as the details of a mind blowing selection of goals faded with every couple of goals but, eventually, despite being pegged back to 6-6 at one point, the visitors finally put the game to bed late on to head into round 2 on the back of a 9-7 win.

Credit to both teams, this almost was a ‘next goal the winner’ kind of game with Hurford leading the way for Wrekin with 5 goals and a man of the match performance from Smith while all the supporters in attendance certainly got value for money!

Congratulations to both teams involved! If you would like us to feature your ESFA schools’ cup fixture, Please send your match report alongside pictures of the game to Jacob.Blades@schoolsfa.com – alternatively, please feel free to contact 353 Photography to request his presence at your upcoming match.