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ESFAUnder 12 Footy Fives Finals-En route to Wembley

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) begin the route to the end of this season’s fixtures with the first set of National Finals taking place at PlayFootball Birmingham on Monday 16 March.

The U12 Footy Fives competition, which is sponsored by trophy and medal supplier, Running Imp, will see 8 boys’ and 8 girls’ teams travel to the heart of the country, in an attempt to be crowned National Semi Finalists in their respective competitions.

In a change to the usual format, the ESFA have teamed up with The FA and EURO 2020 organisers to arrange for the National Finals in both the Girls’ and Boys’ U12 Footy Fives competitions to be played against the backdrop of the iconic Wembley Stadium on Friday 12 June 2020, as part of the UEFA EURO 2020 opening weekend celebrations.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said “On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I am delighted that we are able to include four of our teams to be a part of the UEFA EURO 2020 celebrations this year. It’s wonderful that such a huge, international event is taking place at Wembley Stadium and as such, that some of the ESFA’s competition entrants will have a special and unique opportunity to be part of something truly exciting, particularly in the warm-up to the opening ceremony. I wish all 16 teams attending the Birmingham finals the very best of luck in their endeavours.”

The four competing teams will have the chance to experience their National Final in a way that has never been possible for teams before, with them taking to the Arena Square pitch in front of Wembley stadium as the entire site gears up towards the start of the UEFA EURO 2020 celebrations.

Stay tuned on our social media channels on Monday 16th March for updates on the competition progress and to find out who will be travelling to Wembley in June.

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ESFA U16 Premier League Finals Announced

Man City’s Academy Stadium to host ESFA Premier League Finals for 2019

School pupils from across England will step out on to Man City’s Academy Stadium pitch in their Premier League sponsored football kits on Wednesday 8 May to play the final fixture of their season that will determine whether or not they are to become National Champions in 2019.

National Finalists in the four English Schools’ FA (ESFA) U16 competitions, sponsored by the Premier League will have the opportunity to play in front of crowds of their own supporters and local schools as their season draws to a close. Teams have played their way through up to 9 rounds of knockout national competition, which cumulates in this year’s Manchester-based finals. Teams will travel from across England to take part in the Premier League Final showcase, which will pit the best teams in the U16 age group in the country against each other during the prestigious event.

Spectators are encouraged to attend the day’s festivities, with free entry for everyone and no limit to the number of matches supporters can stay for. For the full fixture list, please see below;

ESFA U16 Premier League Finals Fixtures:

Kick off Competition Teams
11:30am ESFA PL U16 Small Schools’ Cup Brooke House College (Leicestershire) v Our Lady’s RC High School (Manchester)
1:30pm ESFA PL U16 Schools’ Cup for Girls St Ivo School (Cambridgeshire) v Horizon Community College (South Yorkshire)
3:30pm ESFA PL U16 Elite Schools’ Cup Carre’s Grammar School (Lincolnshire) v Thomas Telford School (Shropshire)
5:30pm ESFA PL U16 Schools’ Cup for Boys Thomas Estley Community College (Leicestershire) v John Spence Community High School (Northumberland)

For the third season, all four of these U16 National Finals will be streamed live online, with full commentary via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV; allowing supporters who are unable to make the journey the opportunity to watch live online and players to re-live every moment of their match, following the final whistle.

The English Schools’ FA and Premier League wish the very best of luck to all eight of this year’s National Finalists and look forward to welcoming them along to Manchester City on the 8 May.