There are a number of forms below that you may find useful, please let us know if you are unable to find the form you are looking for –
The ESFA has updated all of it’s risk assessment documents and you can download them below:
Sanctioning and Permission to Play
Any schools football requires ESFA sanction. The ESFA has clarified and updated its policy for sanctioning and the relevant paperwork is below. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with this and with the new paperwork, as the policy takes effect immediately.
Depending on the nature of the planned activity sanction must be sought, either from the ESFA nationally or from the relevant CSFA or DSFA.
Sanctioning is essential to ensure that:
– Those taking part are affiliated to the relevant Association;
– The rules governing the event comply with Football Association (FA) requirements;
– Activities can legitimately benefit from the use of registered match officials;
Whilst overseas trips currently feel like a distant whim, as and when it applies, you can now find the supplement to the ESFA’s risk assessment for this purpose
Please ensure all sections of nomination forms are filled out before sending them on to your area Council member.
Representative Football – Guidance on Eligibility Criteria
- Players must be in full time education at a DfE registered institution to be eligible to represent their District, County or Country.
- A player shall be eligible for selection for the County Schools’ FA in which they attend school.
- A player shall be eligible for selection for the District Schools’ FA in which they attend school.
To support members to determine eligibility for selection post-16, where the education sector is more complex, this document has been prepared and can be found below.
ESFA policy guidance:
- Those who play for an Academy or RTC shall be eligible for selection nationally. Member County and District Associations have the discretion to determine whether such players are eligible for County or District selection.
- For those receiving attending a Pupil Referral Unit, eligibility to play for a District or County shall be determined by the location of the school/unit in which they are primarily registered, unless the pupil has been prohibited from playing football as part of the terms of his/her exclusion, in which case such pupils would not be eligible for selection. PRU-educated pupils able to play for their District/County Association are eligible for national selection.
- Those who are home educated shall be eligible to play for the District/County in which they reside, unless they are registered with a school for exams, in which case the school’s locality shall define eligibility. Players eligible to play for their County are eligible for national selection.
Members are reminded that eligibility to play international football is governed by FIFA and as such, eligibility is defined by the calendar year of the player’s birth: those eligible should be U15/U18 on 1st January in the calendar year in which the competitive fixtures take place.
The headteacher toolkit explains how much we would really like to encourage all of our competing schools to not only get right behind their school team/s but also behind the wonderful opportunities of schools’ football and all it can bring to pupils and entire schools alike.
ESFA Constitution and Structures Guide
Following decisions taken at the AGM about Association structures, you may be thinking about revising your constitution or changing your Association structure. Please find our guide to help you with this below
Activity Alliance research on disabled children’s participation in sport
Young Match Officials
If you use match officials who are under 18 at your rep football fixtures, please ensure that you send them this letter when you appoint them. It explains what they should do if they have any safeguarding concerns, including being victims themselves. Please remember to personalise this letter for your own Association.