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ESFA Player Feedback: National Finals 2022

The English Schools’ Football Association’s player engagement campaign is aimed at increasing the amount of input that players have in the decisions taken by the ESFA. This feedback helps the Association to continue to provide schools’ football opportunities that players truly benefit from.

As part of the Association’s ongoing mission to seek out feedback from players who take part in ESFA activity, they have collected feedback from those who took part in the 2022 National Final events at West Bromwich FC, Stoke City FC and Coventry Building Society Arena. The aim was to see how the players directly involved in these events felt about their experience and to identify opportunities to improve this experience for future finalists.

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There was a good spread of representation in terms of age and gender across the respondents. 100% of school players said they enjoyed representing their school in National Cup competitions in 21/22 with 93% of rep team players saying that they enjoyed representing their Association.

When asked about qualifying for the National Finals, 79% of players said they were
“really excited” with 18% saying they were “excited” knowing that they would be attending National Final events.

Players were asked what their ‘highlights’ of the National Finals were and there was an even spread across the five options they were provided

Some of the additional highlights players listed included: 

  • “winning” 
  • “All of it” 
  • “Scoring a goal” 


Respondents were asked to rate this season’s National Final venues on a 5-star rating scale. The ESFA was delighted to see that the feedback gave an average rating of 4.4 stars across all venues used.

The overall rating of the National Finals events at this season was a fantastic 4.6 stars out of 5.  

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  • 100% of respondents enjoyed representing their school in the 21/22 National Cup competitions 
  • Respondents gave a 4.4 star rating out of 5 for the organisation of the National Finals at Coventry 
  • Respondents gave a 4.2 star rating out of 5 for the facilities at the Coventry Building Society Arena 
  • 100% of respondents said they felt they and their teammates were well looked after upon arrival and throughout the day 
  • 100% of respondents said that they felt safe during the event 

Thank you to all of the players who provided us with feedback on our National Final events 2022!

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ESFA open National Competition entries for the 2022/23 Season

The English Schools’ Football Association have opened entries for their National Schools’ Cup Competitions for the 2022/23 season!

The ESFA’s ever growing portfolio of competitions attract over 16,000 teams to enter each season and cover all age groups from U11-U18. National Competitions are at the very heart of what the ESFA has to offer, in creating thousands of opportunities for children to play grassroots football at a National level. Each season culminates with a period of National Finals, in which finalists travel to various prestigious football stadia across England to compete to be crowned champions of England in their respective competitions. 

ESFA Chair Stuart Botham said: In the 2022/23 season, we have the chance to make schools’ football a memorable experience for everyone involved in a safe and inclusive environment, that provides National Competitions for all schools and for children of all ages and abilities. 

If your school has previously been involved in our National Cup Competitions, I know you will recognise their value and be keen to enter again this season. If you are considering entering for the first time, you have the opportunity to give your players the unique and special experience created by the English Schools’ FA and showcased through the continual provision and improvement of their fantastic competition portfolio. 

Click below to download the ESFA’s Competitions PDF brochure which lists all of the competitions the ESFA offers, eligibility criteria and information on how to register your teams.

Go to to register your teams!

Make sure you are quick though, the entry deadline for all National Competitions is Saturday 23rd July so make sure you get your entries in and join the 16,000+ teams taking part!