Match Reports

Throwback Thursday: Match Report

As Garry from 353 Photography heads off to photograph The Priory School in their season 2019/20 semi-final fixture against Alder Grange today – here’s a throwback to the last time he saw the U13 Girls in action back in March 2020…


ESFA Under 13 Girls 9-a-Side Schools Cup Quarter Final
The Priory School 2 Toot Hill School 1
Monday 2nd March 2020
At Shrewsbury Sports Village

On a sunny afternoon in Shrewsbury it was the home side who edged into the last four and continued their march for a second successive national final in the process.

Toot Hill School provided tough opposition for The Priory School in a game played on the artificial surface at Shrewsbury Sports Village due to the recent wet weather leaving the home pitch unplayable.

It was the visitors who took the lead into the break courtesy of a Verity Hickling goal and facing some stubborn defending it was clear the girls in green would have to dig deep to turn things around.

That they did in the second half as goals from Olivia Millar and Ruby Morris had the home fans in raptures going into a 2-1 lead as they put the visitors under pressure.

It was not all one way traffic though with the Nottinghamshire school having chances to draw level and, late on in the game, only a fine save from Becca Woodvine denied them an equaliser that would have taken the tie to extra-time.

The save earnt Becca the ‘Save of the Month’ Award and helped secure that semi final spot.

A semi final with Alder Grange School awaits and there is still a chance of a repeat of last season’s U12 final with runners-up The Cherwell School facing Woodlands School in the other semi final.

Photographs and match report by Garry Griffiths, 353 Photography

National Competitions, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA Open National Cup Competitions for 2020/21

Entries for the 2020/21 National Cup Competitions are now open

The ESFA are delighted to announce that entries for schools and associations to take part in National Cup competitions for the 2020/21 season are now open.

Schools and Associations can now log in to their online accounts, update their information and choose which competitions they would like to enter for the new season, which the ESFA plans to begin in November 2020.

The ESFA have not altered the programme of activity available for schools’ football teams to take part in for the coming season, providing schools and associations with our huge range of footballing competitions to take part in from November 2020.

Competitions entry will remain open until Friday 18 September and the ESFA anticipate that draws will be live on the website from w/c 5 October. It is the ESFA’s intention for competitions to begin in November 2020.

Following The FA’s guidance that was issued in July regarding the return of ‘grassroots’ and schools’ football in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESFA has created a bank of resources, available on their website, which can be referred to regarding the completion of risk assessments and general advice regarding the return to schools’ football.

On Monday 1 September, the Department of Education also released guidance on the return of recreational team sport, meaning that subject to FA guidance and risk assessments being followed, inter-school football is permitted to take place.

The ESFA is hopeful that the season will be able to begin and run smoothly and safely from November and those schools who are taking part will be kept up to date with any changes in Government guidance that may affect competitions throughout the season as and when necessary.

If your school hasn’t received an email with details on how to enter National Cup competitions for 2020/21, then please contact competitions@schoolsfa.com for further information.

The ESFA are very much looking forward to hosting the coming season of Schools’ Football.

For ESFA Schools’ Cup registration go to www.esfa.co.uk/schools

For Association affiliation go to www.esfa.co.uk/associations