ESFA National Finals, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA launch ‘Goal of the Finals’ competition

An interactive vote to crown the ‘best goal’ of the 2019/20 National Finals

On Thursday (12 November), the ESFA will be launching the first round of the ESFA Goal of the Finals compeition via Twitter. 16 goals have been shortlisted from the 2019/20 National Finals coverage at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in October and will now be put to the public vote in order to whittle the nominees down to just one, which will be named ‘Goal of the Finals’.

The ESFA will be posting the first 16 videos and launching votes between 1pm & 2pm on Thursday and voting will be closed on Sunday evening. The semi-final vote will take place on Thursday 19 November and the final vote on Wednesday 25 November, with the winner being announced on Friday 27th.

The ESFA are delighted to be able to showcase some of the excellent talent and skill shown off by schools’ footballers at the ‘height’ of the 2019/20 season and are looking forward to sharing the videos across social media this week.

Make sure you follow the ESFA’s social channels:

Twitter: @SchoolsFootball
Instagram: @schoolsfootball
Facebook: @schoolsfootball

The World of Schools' Football

UPDATE – Schools’ Football Activity Suspended

The Department for Education and The FA have now clarified the position for football in schools during the current lockdown period. As a result of the DfE guidance, which you can see below, competition between schools is now not permitted and as a consequence, inter-school football is suspended until 2nd December, when the government reviews its position. A reminder that rep football is already suspended in accordance with the government and FA guidance for the grassroots game.

Consequently, the “play by” dates for the first round of ESFA National Competitions scheduled to begin in November or December will now move to January 2021, with specific dates for each competition to follow.

Outside of inter-school competition, football within individual schools can continue, subject to risk assessment and to meeting the specific conditions in the guidance which include retaining children in their bubbles whilst playing, and the thorough cleaning of equipment between sessions. Again, further details are in the guidance.