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

ESFA National Finals kick off for 2019 – U18 Elite Cup

ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup Final 2019 – this year’s finalists

The ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup final kicks off at 12pm on Tuesday 26 March at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park. 

The finalists, who have battled through 6 previous rounds, in a competition featuring over 120 teams, will face each other for the final match of the season in Blackburn. Entry to the stadium is free for all students and Blackburn Rovers season ticket holders and only £4 for adults. Alternatively, you can watch the action unfold live via 

Balby Carr Community Academy (Doncaster)

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2019 will be the first time Balby Carr Community Academy’s U18s have reached an ESFA National Final in 10 years. The squad has averaged 5 goals per game, with just one clean sheet. They have conceded, on average 0.8 goals per game.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Balby Carr Community Academy 15 1 Minsthorpe Community College
Round 2 Balby Carr Community Academy 3 1 Barnsley College
Round 3 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Bishop Burton College
Round 4 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Brooke House College
Quarter Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 1 Northgate High School
Semi Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 0 Shipley College

Hartpury College (Gloucester)

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In the three years that the ESFA have been running the U18 Elite Cup, Hartpury have made it to the National Final twice, winning the 2016/17 title. Hartpury’s squad also features two players from the current England Schoolboys’ squad and one from the 2017/18 squad.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Hartpury College Bye    
Round 2 New College Swindon 0 6 Hartpury College
Round 3 Cadbury VI Form College 0 3 Hartpury College
Round 4 Hartpury College 4 3 Millfield School
Quarter Final Hartpury College 7 1 Bradfield College
Semi Final Barking Abbey School 1 2 Hartpury College

Good luck to both Balby Carr and Hartpury in this year’s National Final! You can keep up with all the ‘behind the scenes’ action via the ESFA’s Instagram and Twitter accounts (@SchoolsFootball) – and view the match live, online and for free at

Date: Tuesday 26 March

KO: 12pm

Venue: Blackburn Rovers FC, Ewood Park

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

Celebrate International Womens Day with the ESFA

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the ESFA announce plans to host a celebration of girls’ football…

The celebration will take place AFC Fylde on Wednesday 27 March featuring 2 x Girls’ U18 National Finals, showcasing some of the best female footballing talents in the country.

Over 100 schools and colleges from across England entered the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) U18 Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup for Girls competitions this season and on Wednesday 27 March 2019, the two remaining National Finalists from each competition will battle it out to become National Champions at AFC Fylde’s beautiful Mill Farm stadium.


The ESFA has seen an increase in entries into girls’ cup competitions in the 2018-19 season, with entries at the highest they have ever been across all schools’ cup age groups.

The English Schools’ FA run girls’ cup competitions across the U11 – U18 age groups to help encourage and assist the development of the girls’ game. The Association also boasts a successful Girls’ U15 England squad, who will be taking part in the SAFIB Bob Docherty home nations tournament, courtesy of our partners, inspiresport.

Once all finalists within the competitions taking place at AFC Fylde are in place, further information and hospitality packages will be released for sale – to help you to celebrate Girls’ Football in style!


‘The atmosphere in the stadium makes all the difference to the players on the pitch and whilst we do all we can to create a fantastic match-day experience for them, we rely on supporters and the public to create a real buzz around the Final. Schools from the local area will be invited to attend, with special discounted rates of entry and AFC Fylde season ticket holders can also claim free entry for the match. We hope to welcome along as many spectators as possible to enjoy the event”

Darren Alcock, ESFA National Competitions Manager

Entry will be charged on arrival at Mill Farm at a rate of £4/adult and free of charge for all students under 18. Hospitality packages for the event will also be made available to purchase and these will be announced via the ESFA Twitter account in due course.


The ESFA are delighted that, for the third season, all National Finals will once again be streamed live online via the ESFA YouTube channel – meaning those supporters who are unable to make the event can still keep up with all the action live and direct to their mobile device.

The showcase of Girls’ U18 Schools’ and Colleges’ cup finals at Mill Farm this month will be supported by female mascots from local schools as well as female match officials, the Association are also hoping to invite along female co-commentators to assist with the live coverage.


ESFA Girls’ U18 Schools’ Cup Final – 12pm KO

ESFA Girls’ U18 Colleges’ Cup Final – 4pm KO

The ESFA would like to thank AFC Fylde for hosting their first National Finals and are looking forward to announcing the four teams that will get the opportunity to play at the fantastic Mill Farm Stadium in 2019.