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UCFB and ESFA to continue educational partnership

The ESFA are delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with The University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) – the world’s first higher education establishment dedicated to football and sports degrees.

UCFB, which has campuses with the Etihad Stadium and Wembley Stadium at their heart, will continue to be the ESFA Foundation Partner for Higher Education, helping to improve career prospects for students through football.

The extended deal means that employability opportunities for UCFB students at the ESFA and County School FAs will continue, as will research opportunities for students.

A football match between the English schoolboys U18 squad and a UCFB team was one of the highlights of the previous agreement, so UCFB is delighted to confirm that this fixture will return over the coming months. A new detail of the partnerships will be UCFB students helping to run the ESFA YouTube channel and help to broadcast their fixtures.

Andrea Chilton, CEO of ESFA: “The English Schools’ FA is delighted to continue this partnership with UCFB. Our joint missions remain the same – using football as a platform for personal development, educational attainment and career progression, makes this a particularly exciting joint venture through which we aim to enhance each other’s services for the benefit of our players, students and pupils.”

Sharona Friedman, Chief Marketing Officer of UCFB. Sharona added: “The last year has seen a number of our students gain great insight and experience working alongside the ESFA, with all positive about the experience. We’re naturally delighted that this work will continue over the next year and look forward to both organisations benefitting from each other’s expertise.”

UCFB graduates are currently employed at Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea, with numerous ex-students also in roles at The Football Association, the Scottish Professional Football League and dozens of English Football League clubs.

Look out for forthcoming information on UCFB and how your pupils can get involved in their fantastic higher education programmes for their future.

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PASS4Soccer Scholarships partnership with ESFA provides route to USA

The ESFA are delighted to continue their partnership with PASS4Soccer Scholarships to provide exit routes for students to the USA via athletic and academic scholarships. PASS4Soccer are the leading supplier of soccer scholarships to the USA and have been assisting players since 2002 with many successes from across the English Schools’ FA network. Visit www.PASS4Soccer.com and complete the free sign up to find out more.

Andrea Chilton commented “I am delighted that our longstanding, successful partnership with PASS4Soccer has been reconfirmed again this year. In advising and supporting pupils and parents to consider and pursue scholarships to American Universities, they open up life-changing opportunities to talented players from English schools. Their individual personal experiences of studying in the USA adds significantly to the quality of the support the PASS4 team provide, and the ESFA are proud to recommend their services to you.”


The team at PASS4Soccer have worked closely with ESFA students for a large number of years and have the experience and knowledge to guide students currently within ESFA schools when seeking playing opportunities in the USA. Whether you are looking for a 2 year or 4 year university degree programme, PASS4Soccer can help you!  

Having worked in the field for 15 years, PASS4Soccer have assisted players from grassroots teams through to ESFA Internationals. Scholarship recipients have gone on to play in the MLS, WSL, USL and English Football League following graduation.


1.         Superb facilities

2.         Up to 100% scholarships available that cover Tuition Fees, Accommodation and Food

3.         Train and play in a full time professional environment

4.         Play in front of large crowds

5.         Opportunity of a lifetime

6.         Strengthen your CV and develop socially in a new country

7.         Minimal/no student debt. (Current UK Average: £40,000+)

Soccer scholarships in the USA can cover up to 100% of the costs for Tuition Fees, Accommodation and Food so the choice to study in the USA can be a great life decision as well as a superb way to reduce the high costs associated with university fees in England.


PASS4Soccer have Information and Assessment Days coming up in the following locations, with more to be added throughout the year – if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch:

  • 26th September @ Warwick University
  • 28th October @ Newcastle
  • 29th October @ Newcastle (Females)
  • 30th October @ Cirencester
  • 1st November @ Middlesex (Females)
  • 10th November @ Lancing

PASS4Soccer also hold a US Coach Showcase in December exclusively for its network members and is heavily attended by university coaches from the USA. This is a great chance to play live in front of the coaches whilst having the event professionally filmed.


In addition to the showcase, PASS4Soccer also organise US Tours to allow players to sample the lifestyle, culture and level of university sport in the USA each year. This gives P4S members the opportunity to meet college coaches, visit facilities & make an informed decision when deciding on future scholarship offers. The 2020 tour will be travelling to Florida and visiting a number of campuses for tours and fixtures.

Those interested in finding out more about the PASS4Soccer program can contact the main office on 01912 295236 or visit www.PASS4Soccer.com to complete the free sign up.