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ESFA National Finals at Stoke City

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming ESFA National Finals at Stoke City FC

The ESFA is delighted to be returning to Stoke City’s stadium this season, for seven days of National Finals, where 25 teams will be crowned National Champions for 2023. The fixtures will feature both girls’ & boys’ finals from U11 – U18 and a mixture of representative District & County finals plus Schools’ Cup Finals. The ESFA Men & Women’s U18 Super League Finals will also take place during the course of the events.


You can see the full fixture schedule for the National Finals at SCFC below, click left or right to see what games feature on which days.

Show your support

Tickets are available for all fixtures via the ESFA’s events page on their website. Entry to the stadium is completely free of charge for all spectators, but the ESFA is monitoring crowd numbers with ticket orders, therefore please place an order for tickets for anyone attending the finals. School teams will be contacted separately in regards to spectator numbers from their school but parents and additional spectators should order tickets via the link above.

Other ways to watch

All ESFA National Finals at Stoke City FC will be streamed live via the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV. Each final will feature full commentary and provide a great viewing experience for all those supporters who are unable to travel to the stadium.

The ESFA is delighted to be hosting these National Final events at such a fantastic venue and hope to welcome a number of spectators along to the event to cheer on this season’s finalists as they complete their schools’ football season.

Further updates

Keep an eye on the ESFA’s social channels across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to watch the build-up to the upcoming finals – just follow @schoolsfootball on all platforms

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Match Report: England v Scotland Bob Docherty Tournament

On Thursday 6th April , the winner of the Bob Docherty Tournament was decided in a clash between the two oldest rivals in international football, as Scotland and England went head to head in Glasgow.

Scotland were on the front foot from the off and came closest to scoring in the opening minutes with a free-kick that beat the outstretched finger tips of Ella Stowell, but rebounded back off the crossbar, with the defence clearing to safety.

At the other end, the visitors edged in front with a set piece of their own as Bryony Brodie curled a delightful free-kick over the wall and beyond the Scottish keeper into the net for a 1-0 lead. That goal lifted England from their slow start and they began to look more composed on the ball. Their opponents were giving them little time or space which kept scoring chances to a minimum.

England’s defence were then put under a spell of pressure before half time with Ocean Flanagan and Emily Walne combining to block a shot on the edge of the area, before Stowell was called upon to palm a shot away to safety. Scotland hit the bar again, this time from a header, and it looked like that would be the last opportunity of the half for the hosts to draw level. However, a corner kick in first half stoppage time was converted from close range to make it 1-1 at the interval.

The second half saw Scotland take control of the game as England struggled to create chances for the hard working Abi Conway up front. Jessica Anderson’s cross into the box almost found Brodie 10 yards out, but pressure from the Scottish defence saw her just fail to make a clean contact to trouble the keeper. Later in the game, substitute keeper Chiemela Ude, on for the injured Stowell, was beaten at full stretch by a shot that bounced back off the post and into the path of a Scotland player, with the rebound converted for a 2-1 lead.

England had a couple of chances to level almost immediately when Brodie was inches away from latching onto a cross into the penalty area, but the ball bounced kindly for Scotland to clear. Phoebe Cowley almost chased down a through ball that looked like it might cause a problem between the Scottish defence and keeper.

And so the score remained 2-1 as the hosts kept the ball well away from their own goal in the closing moments, with the final whistle signalling heartbreak for the English and pure joy for Scotland, who deservedly lifted the Bob Docherty for the first time since 2015.

Congratulations to all the players involved in the tournament, some excellent football on show and without a doubt, a number of players on show who will be featuring in senior international football in years to come.

A big thank you to Garry Griffiths, the ESFA’s official photographer for capturing the Bob Docherty action for the ESFA. Images available soon on the 353 photography website.