The World of Schools' Football

Girls’ Football: ESFA report record high in participation numbers

ESFA receives highest recorded number of girls’ team entries to National Cup Competitions

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) are delighted to learn this week that entries for girls’ teams into ESFA National Cup competitions are at an all-time high.

The ESFA have received a record number of entries into schools’ cup competitions, specifically designed for girls’ participation, for the 2019/2020 season. The ESFA has seen a steady increase in entries over the past few seasons, but this year have reached a record number of 1,670 girls’ squads entered into competitions, which equates to around 30,000 individual players.

The ESFA have run football tournaments and competitions for girls since 1996 and after supporting the growth of girls’ football for over 20 years, they still continue to provide some of the best grassroots opportunities for girls in England. Whether this is within one of the twelve National Schools’ Cup competitions (from U11 – U18), via representative football for a District or County Schools’ FA or through trialing for the ESFA U15 England Schoolgirls’ team, the opportunities available are plenty and successful, proven by the increased participation numbers.

ESFA Schools’ Cup competitions run from September – May each season and culminate with a number of National Finals at football stadia across the country between March and May, where a large number of girls’ teams will be welcomed to enjoy their match-day experience. The ESFA also work hard to appoint female match officials at National Final events to ensure equal opportunities are offered to participants of girls’ football across the board.

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce this statistic and wish all the girls taking part in ESFA activity this season, the very best of luck!

PS Next Level, Sponsors and Partners, The World of Schools' Football

PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup – Next Level

The PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup kicks up a gear for 2019/20

This year, Europe’s biggest U12 – U15 schools’ football tournament is kicking up a gear.

Having both played in the tournament when they were younger, Georgia Stanway (England and Man City forward) and Declan Rice (West Ham and England player) are now on the hunt for the Next Level Players in the PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup.

Throughout the tournament they’ll be looking for:

1 .The goal of the month

2. The save of the month

3. The team of the month

Each month the winning Next Level Players will get a shout out on our social channels. Georgia and Declan will also be dropping into some schools for surprise missions – so make sure you don’t skip training!

So if you think you’ve got the sleekest finish, hottest goalie gloves or best team chemistry then send us the proof! Email your videos or images to for a chance to win!

We will be sharing the winners each month so keep your eyes peeled – the first winners will be announced at the end of November!