ESFA National Finals, featured, Match Reports

ESFA U18 Super League- Opening draws are now live!

The groups for the ESFA U18 Super League have been drawn and are now live and available to view on our website here!

As the ESFA U18 Super League moves into it’s 4th year, the competition continues to be a top-quality offer from the Association, designed for those schools colleges and private providers which offer a football academy or development programme at sixth form level. Launched at the start of the 2019/20 season, these competitions expand the ESFA’s U18 offering, inclusive of all establishments that provide programmes allowing students to benefit from regular football training, strength & conditioning and analysis sessions.

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 and 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 2021/22 U18 Super League season was a brilliant advert for the competition, with close games throughout the group stages and a thrilling knockout phase that decided the two sets of finalists. The National Finals were hosted at Stoke City FC in May 2022 and were fiercely contested between Brooke House College and London Nautical School for the Men and Park View School and AFC Sudbury for the Women. You can view these finals in full on our YouTube channel below.

For the 2022/23 season, ESFA handbooks and information emails will be distributed to participating schools and teams in the coming days, with full information on competition rules. Deadline dates for planning fixtures in the 2022/23 season can be found here. Competing Team Managers should be sure to add these dates to their diary, ready to begin arranging fixtures with drawn opponents for any point prior to the stated dates.

Social Media

The ESFA is encouraging teams to share match footage, goals, results and posts celebrating their schools’ football season via their social media channels. Teams, schools, players and fans can tag @schoolsfootball across Twitter, instagram and Facebook using the #ESFASuperleauge hashtag for the Association to share as much action as possible.

ESFA National Finals

PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup National Finals 2022

The ESFA is delighted to announce the dates and venue for the 21/22 PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup National Finals

The PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup National Finals festival is returning for 2022 and will see 20 Under 12 – Under 15 National Schools’ Cup Champions crowned at The Hawthorns!

This will be the second time West Bromwich Albion has hosted the PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup Finals and this year, the event will take place from Monday 22nd – Thursday 26th May, with five finals per day kicking off at:

  • 9:30am
  • 11:30am
  • 1:30pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 5:30pm

West Bromwich Albion provides a fantastic venue to host 40 teams, taking part in 20 finals and by combining the use of the WBA Academy Dome as well as the main stadium, it provides every team with a fantastic match-day experience from warm up to their post-match meal.

The Hawthorns hosted the ESFA’s live Schools’ Cup draws back in February as part of Schools’ Football Week, so this year’s finalists will already have seen their quarter and/or semi-final draws take place at the stadium in West Bromwich.

Plenty more news will be forthcoming on this incredible set of National Finals, including the full fixture list and other PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup activities – but for now, the 23rd – 26th May is a date for the diary.

Keep an eye on the ESFA’s website and social media channels for further updates and both the ESFA and the PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup teams hope to see you at the Hawthorns in May!