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ESFA Introduce U18 Super League as National Cup Competition

ESFA National Competitions are open for 2019/20 with a shake up to the U18 competition format

The ESFA’s National Competitions Department has launched a brand new competition format for the U18 age group for 2019-20 – introducing the ESFA U18 Super League!

Two ESFA U18 Super League competitions will run from September, one for girls and one for boys across the Year 11 – 13 age groups. The competition is designed for schools and colleges which offer a football academy or development programme at sixth form level – in addition the competition is also open to private providers who also offer a similar sixth form-age football programme. We hope that this change will take the level of elite footballing skill we already see throughout the ESFA U18 National Cup programmes to an even higher benchmark.

The competitions, which are based on the Champions League format, will begin with a group phase made up of 4 or 5 teams per group. Each of the teams will play all of the other teams in their group once by Christmas. The winners of the group phase will then qualify to compete in the knockout phase which will begin after the Christmas holidays.

Entry deadline is approaching…

Entries will close on Friday 19 July – if you would like to register to enter this competition, simply email competitions@schoolsfa.com and the team will set you up on the system ahead of the new season. Don’t miss out – make sure your team is a part of something new!

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The ESFA Super League is here…

ESFA U18 National Cup Competitions just got Super…

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.

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.

For more information on how to enter (if you haven’t already!), either read the full details here, call the National Competitions Department on 01785 785970 or email them directly at Competitions@schoolsfa.com

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ESFA Launch Partnership with Catapult Sports

The English Schools’ FA is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Catapult Sports, the global leader in elite sports performance technology.

The partnership has already seen Catapult’s PlayerTek Team technology used by the ESFA’s two England Squads, optimising their training and development through performance tracking.  ESFA affiliated schools and Associations will now also benefit from a discounted rate on Catapult’s award winning PlayerTek devices, as well as having the opportunity to try out Catapult’s new technology, PLAYR, with in-built sports science advice.

PlayerTek is the pioneering sports-performance tracking system that helps team managers make informed decisions by using technology that has previously only been available to the elite. Team managers can use PlayerTek to scientifically monitor player performances across training sessions and matches; tracking 10 main metrics, including speed, distance, power and player load. Using the information gathered to measure the physical performance of players, coaches can strategically plan how to push players to greater game performance, and reduce the risk of injury.

The perfect fit

The benefits of PlayerTek Team for use within schools’ football make it the perfect fit for a partnership with the English Schools’ FA. Giving both coaches and players the chance to view and analyse their playing statistics, the package provides an abundance of learning opportunities which can be utilised by PE teachers within lessons; continuing to showcase the versatility of football within an educational environment.

Richy Alderson, ESFA England U18 Team Manager said “The England U18 Schoolboys squad have already been utilising the technology and using the data to motivate themselves to run faster, further and longer in training and in games. The heat maps are also good for players and coaches alike to highlight where players spent most of their time on the pitch, relative to their position. Overall, the system is easy to use and a great tool to analyse data performance. I would recommend this product to any elite athlete”

Kieran Dannatt, Director of Sales at PlayerTek said; “We’re proud to partner with the English Schools FA; our cutting edge devices will help an already successful organisation embed new technology, with PlayerTek, into training, match day and the classroom. We look forward to helping the next generation of footballers improve their performance and sharing in their success at the end of the season.”

More to come

Look out for further information and updates on the new ESFA and Catapult partnership as we embark on this exciting new venture together. You can take a look at Catapult’s page on our website here or, for any further information on the benefits of PlayerTek for your teams, please contact conor.branson@catapultsports.com directly.