Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup

The Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup is the largest primary-aged schools’ cup competition in England, with over 5,000 school teams and over 50,000 children taking to pitches across England to play in this huge tournament.

The U11 Schools’ Cup, U11 Girls’ Cup and U11 Small Schools’ Cup competitions provide a pathway for tams to progress through three rounds of competition. The top 24 teams will have the opportunity to travel to the National Finals, where the National Champions will be crowned. The competition embraces and promotes the ESFA’s “15 Benefits” of schools’ football, including but not limted to –

  • Providing opportunities to develop positive relationships
  • Helping children to feel they are part of a team
  • Encouraging teamwork
  • Teaching respect

This new partnership with Pokémon, gives the Primary Schools’ Cup competitions a brand-new identity and an exciting journey for the 2022/23 players to embark on.

Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup Toolkit

All the information you need for this year’s Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup competitions is contained within our Toolkit, which you can download below:

Downloadable Assets

We have designed some social media graphics that you can download here and share on your social channels to promote any matches or events –

Risk Assessments & Insurance

A template risk assessment can be downloaded here. Tournament organisers are required to undertake a risk assessment and share it with the participating teams ahead of the event.  A copy of ESFA insurance has been shared with host Associations and is also available upon request


If you have any safeguarding concerns relating to this tournament, then please contact the ESFA National Welfare Officers:

Martin Duffield – martin.duffield@schoolsfa.com or phone 07852 276416

Sarah DaCosta – sarah.dacosta@schoolsfa.com or phone 07855 942337

There is a host of information regarding safeguarding and related policies on our website here and we also have some information devised specifically for players, for them to be able to access, here.