Sponsors and Partners

Brand New Partnership for the ESFA in 20/21

The English Schools’ Football Association is delighted to announce their new partnership with FirstPoint USA – the official scholarship partner of the ESFA.

FirstPoint USA, the world’s leading US sports scholarship & university admissions agency, will be working with the ESFA to promote the incredible opportunities available for ESFA Schools’ Cup players in America.

The partnership, which has officially launched as of September 2020, will run for an initial three years and during this time both the ESFA and FirstPoint USA hope to be able to share the successes of their current scholarship students and promote the exciting possibilities that will open up to ESFA players through this new and engaging relationship.

Andrea Chilton, ESFA CEO said “On behalf of the ESFA, I am delighted to announce this partnership with FirstPoint USA. The opportunities available to young players through a scholarship provider like FirstPoint are countless and truly exciting. We are very much looking forward to following some of the journeys that our own schools’ cup players go on and sharing experiences of accomplished scholars with our Member Schools and Associations.”

Since 2001, FirstPoint has provided life-changing athlete-scholar opportunities in the USA for upwards of 60,000 young people, securing more than $200m in scholarship funding during that time. The official scholarship agency of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), FirstPoint works in partnership with 2,500+ of the best colleges and universities in the States.

Andrew Kean, FirstPoint USA CEO, said: “This is a significant partnership for FirstPoint USA and for English youth football in establishing a clear and alternative pathway for hundreds of thousands of young players. The partnership will showcase both the sporting and educational opportunities available in the US, helping inform not only the young people but also parents, coaches, teachers and faculty staff. “We look forward to developing a successful working relationship together and adding value to the brilliant work already being delivered by the ESFA at a pivotal stage of each young player’s sporting journey.” 

More information on FirstPoint USA and how you can get involved with their scholarship programmes or find out more will be emailed directly to schools in the coming days, however in the meantime, please head over to their website for more information and to contact FirstPoint directly to discuss options that are available for you.

Sponsors and Partners

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.