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English Schools’ FA Announce Schools’ Football Week 2020

Save the date: The ESFA announce the return of national Schools’ Football Week for Monday 3 – Friday 7 February 2020

The English Schools’ FA are delighted to announce the return of Schools’ Football Week for the third year but with a fresh new re-brand and a more focused approach on truly promoting, understanding and sharing the incredible world of Schools’ Football.

Schools’ Football Week is a campaign not only to highlight the huge scale of Schools’ Football in England, but also an opportunity for schools across the country to showcase the talent, dedication and benefits of schools’ football, using their own experiences. The ESFA want to use this opportunity to promote how important Schools’ Football is for children in England as well as all the related benefits of taking part in this type of physical activity.

Much more information will be coming soon regarding activities and events that will be hosted throughout Schools’ Football Week, some of which is in conjunction with our fantastic sponsors and partners, but in the meantime – save the date – and look out for how you can use the opportunity to promote the wonderful activity that takes place where you are!

You can download our Schools’ Football Week guide here – if you haven’t already received a copy by email, then please contact Sarah Kearney directly to be added to our mailing list for all future notifications.

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Girls’ Football: ESFA report record high in participation numbers

ESFA receives highest recorded number of girls’ team entries to National Cup Competitions

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) are delighted to learn this week that entries for girls’ teams into ESFA National Cup competitions are at an all-time high.

The ESFA have received a record number of entries into schools’ cup competitions, specifically designed for girls’ participation, for the 2019/2020 season. The ESFA has seen a steady increase in entries over the past few seasons, but this year have reached a record number of 1,670 girls’ squads entered into competitions, which equates to around 30,000 individual players.

The ESFA have run football tournaments and competitions for girls since 1996 and after supporting the growth of girls’ football for over 20 years, they still continue to provide some of the best grassroots opportunities for girls in England. Whether this is within one of the twelve National Schools’ Cup competitions (from U11 – U18), via representative football for a District or County Schools’ FA or through trialing for the ESFA U15 England Schoolgirls’ team, the opportunities available are plenty and successful, proven by the increased participation numbers.

ESFA Schools’ Cup competitions run from September – May each season and culminate with a number of National Finals at football stadia across the country between March and May, where a large number of girls’ teams will be welcomed to enjoy their match-day experience. The ESFA also work hard to appoint female match officials at National Final events to ensure equal opportunities are offered to participants of girls’ football across the board.

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce this statistic and wish all the girls taking part in ESFA activity this season, the very best of luck!