ESFA National Finals, National Competitions, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA National Finals kick off for 2019 – U18 Elite Cup

ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup Final 2019 – this year’s finalists

The ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup final kicks off at 12pm on Tuesday 26 March at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park. 

The finalists, who have battled through 6 previous rounds, in a competition featuring over 120 teams, will face each other for the final match of the season in Blackburn. Entry to the stadium is free for all students and Blackburn Rovers season ticket holders and only £4 for adults. Alternatively, you can watch the action unfold live via 

Balby Carr Community Academy (Doncaster)

Balby Carr - Squad photo.jpeg

2019 will be the first time Balby Carr Community Academy’s U18s have reached an ESFA National Final in 10 years. The squad has averaged 5 goals per game, with just one clean sheet. They have conceded, on average 0.8 goals per game.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Balby Carr Community Academy 15 1 Minsthorpe Community College
Round 2 Balby Carr Community Academy 3 1 Barnsley College
Round 3 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Bishop Burton College
Round 4 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Brooke House College
Quarter Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 1 Northgate High School
Semi Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 0 Shipley College

Hartpury College (Gloucester)

Hartpury - Squad photo.png

In the three years that the ESFA have been running the U18 Elite Cup, Hartpury have made it to the National Final twice, winning the 2016/17 title. Hartpury’s squad also features two players from the current England Schoolboys’ squad and one from the 2017/18 squad.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Hartpury College Bye    
Round 2 New College Swindon 0 6 Hartpury College
Round 3 Cadbury VI Form College 0 3 Hartpury College
Round 4 Hartpury College 4 3 Millfield School
Quarter Final Hartpury College 7 1 Bradfield College
Semi Final Barking Abbey School 1 2 Hartpury College

Good luck to both Balby Carr and Hartpury in this year’s National Final! You can keep up with all the ‘behind the scenes’ action via the ESFA’s Instagram and Twitter accounts (@SchoolsFootball) – and view the match live, online and for free at

Date: Tuesday 26 March

KO: 12pm

Venue: Blackburn Rovers FC, Ewood Park

ESFA National Finals

ESFA Boys U18 Elite Schools’& College Final at Ewood Park -Balby Carr Community Academy V Hartpury College



Almost 120 schools and colleges from across England entered the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup this season and on Tuesday 26 March 2019, the two remaining National Finalists will battle it out to become National Champions at Blackburn Rovers’ fantastic Ewood Park venue.

Our fnalist Balby Carr Community and Hartpury College have progressed through seven previous rounds of the competition, will partake in this last fixture to decide which team will become National Champions! More on both teams route to the final coming soon… 

Blackburn Rovers FC have been kind enough to stage an ESFA National Final for the third consecutive year at Ewood Park and the ESFA will be looking to welcome spectators along to cheer on the finalists for their last 90 minutes of the 2018-19 season, in what is sure to be a show of elite footballing skill.

blackburn rovers fc

Darren Alcock, ESFA National Competitions Manager said ‘The atmosphere in the stadium makes all the difference to the players on the pitch and whilst we do all we can to create a fantastic match-day experience for them, we rely on supporters and the public to create a real buzz around the Final. Schools from the local area will be invited to attend, with special discounted rates of entry and Blackburn Rovers season ticket holders can also claim free entry for the match. We hope to welcome along as many spectators as possible to enjoy the event’

Entry will be charged on arrival at Ewood park at a rate of £4/adult and free of charge for all students under 18. Hospitality packages for the event are available to purchase and via the ESFA Event page.

U18 Elite Cup Hospitality Advert

The ESFA are delighted that, for the third season, all National Finals will once again be streamed live online via the ESFA YouTube channel – meaning those supporters who are unable to make the event can still keep up with all the action live and direct to their mobile device.



The ESFA would like to thank Blackburn Rovers once again for hosting another National Final and are looking forward to announcing the two teams that will get the opportunity to play at the fantastic Ewood Park Stadium in 2019.