EAT. SLEEP. SUPER LEAGUE.
In a change to the former U18 National Cup menu, the ESFA have introduced the first ever U18 Super League competitions for boys and girls for 2019/20.
The new set of competitions are designed for those schools, colleges and private providers which offer a football academy or development programme at sixth form level. In a bold new step for the ESFA, these competitions now mean the U18 offering is fully inclusive of all establishments offering programmes allowing students to benefit from regular football training, strength & conditioning and possibly analysis sessions – meaning we are once again increasing participation within National Cup settings.
The competitions, which pupils in years 11, 12 and 13 are eligible to enter are based on the Champions League format, beginning with a group phase, followed by knockout competition after Christmas. The National Final will be held during May at a Premier League or Championship stadium, where the two finalists in each competition will compete to be crowned National Super League Champions.
The ESFA are delighted to be able to open up their competition offer to include organisations outside of traditional ‘schools’ or ‘colleges’ in a bid to create an incredible level of competition for teams across England.