ESFA National Finals, The World of Schools' Football

Throwback Thursday – The glory of Rep Football

With the announcement of the new ESFA Champions Cup competitions, we’re going on our travels with ESFA photographer, Garry Griffiths (353 Photography), to relive the first ever Cup Final they covered back in 2015

Looking forward to the new Champions Cup competition, we ‘Throwback Thursday’ to our first ever cup final appointment for the ESFA – a hugely entertaining Boys Under 18 Inter County Final back in March 2015.

Holders Kent were looking to cling onto their crown with Humberside, the challengers, at the wonderful Abbey Stadium – home of Cambridge United.

An early strike from Elliott Cutts gave Kent a dream start but Jamie Forrester replied almost instantly for Humberside to level the scores at 1-1. A shot from George Mitchell almost gave Kent the lead after 20 minutes but his effort crashed back off the crossbar and it was Humberside who edged in front 10 minutes later with a glancing header from Mattie Start. A pulsating first half closed on level terms as Kane Butler curled a free-kick over the wall and past the outstretched arms of Jordan Douglas in the Humberside goal.

Cutts glanced home a header in the second half for his second of the game and it gave Kent a 3-2 lead that they held on until the later stages when Keane Parsons lobbed an equaliser with 10 minutes to go. With extra-time looming, Humberside clinched a late winner with Martin Jones slotting home past Jamie Weller in the Kent goal to claim the Boys Under 18 Inter County crown for the northern team in 2014/15.

Wednesday 11th March 2015 will always be a historic day for ThreeFiveThree Photography and we are proud to be working with the ESFA to capture these precious moments for people to look back on – there have been plenty of memorable moments along the way so far and we will bring some more throwback action as we build up to next season’s competitions!

National Competitions

The ESFA Champions Cup is Coming

The new way forward for Representative Schools’ Football

The English Schools’ FA is delighted to introduce the Champions Cup for the 21/22 season. The ESFA Champions Cup will be the overarching brand for a new set of competitions for District & County SFAs. Based on a ‘Champions Leage’ style format, with more fixtures and a defined date structure, the new competition format will be underpinned by commercial re-branding and investment funded by the ESFA’s Player Passport scheme.

We will be circulating further details on the Champions Cup in the next few days, but we are delighted to be introducing to you the new competition format, that we can look forward to launching for the 21/22 Schools’ Football season.

Representative football is a large part of the ESFA’s legacy and the introdution of the Champions Cup and Player Passport is to provide some regeneration for local rep football across England. It has been created in the hope that it will provide more frequent and regular fixtures for those girls and boys who are selected to represent their District or County, with the Player Passport creating an intelligent way to ensure that all players are eligible for all fixtures and that all representative teams are operating safely and in line with guidance.

Alongside the Champions Cup and Player Passport scheme, the ESFA will also be working on an additional volunteering campaign and support to recognise the 1000s of people who keep schools’ football alive across England, season after season.

We are looking forward to seeing what the Champions Cup competitions bring to the new season.