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ESFA Introduce U18 Super League as National Cup Competition

ESFA National Competitions are open for 2019/20 with a shake up to the U18 competition format

The ESFA’s National Competitions Department has launched a brand new competition format for the U18 age group for 2019-20 – introducing the ESFA U18 Super League!

Two ESFA U18 Super League competitions will run from September, one for girls and one for boys across the Year 11 – 13 age groups. The competition is designed for schools and colleges which offer a football academy or development programme at sixth form level – in addition the competition is also open to private providers who also offer a similar sixth form-age football programme. We hope that this change will take the level of elite footballing skill we already see throughout the ESFA U18 National Cup programmes to an even higher benchmark.

The competitions, which are based on the Champions League format, will begin with a group phase made up of 4 or 5 teams per group. Each of the teams will play all of the other teams in their group once by Christmas. The winners of the group phase will then qualify to compete in the knockout phase which will begin after the Christmas holidays.

Entry deadline is approaching…

Entries will close on Friday 19 July – if you would like to register to enter this competition, simply email competitions@schoolsfa.com and the team will set you up on the system ahead of the new season. Don’t miss out – make sure your team is a part of something new!

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ESFA National Finals at Stoke City FC

Stoke City FC are set to host 12 ESFA National Cup Finals across the 9th – 11th May

The English Schools’ FA will be returning to Stoke City’s stadium in May this year for a 3-day feast of football finals, hosting four finals per day and crowning 12 National Champions by Saturday evening.

Hosting a mixture of school, college and representative cup finals, the event is certain to showcase an exceptional level of footballing skill. We are encouraging as many spectators as possible to attend events across the three days, with the majority of matches completely free of charge to all spectators – and all matches free of charge to students.

If you can’t make it down to Stoke City, all matches will once again be streamed live, online and for free thanks to our broadcast partners, 247.TV and all will be available to watch via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV.

You can check out the fixture schedule for each of the three days below. Hospitality packages are available to purchase for all 12 matches, head to our Events page to book hospitality for your chosen match.

The ESFA would like to wish all 24 teams the very best of luck in their National Finals this year and we look forward to welcoming everybody along to Stoke City in 2019!

Thursday 9 May

11:30am KO ESFA U12 9-a-side PlayStation Schools’ Cup Final for B Teams Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School v Kingsdale Foundation School
1:30pm KO ESFA U12 9-a-side PlayStation Schools’ Cup Final Dorothy Stringer School v Sandwell Academy
3:30pm KO ESFA U14 PlayStation Schools’ Cup for Girls Shenfield High School v Thomas Telford School
5:30pm KO ESFA U14 Schools’ Cup for Boys Thomas Telford School v Riddlesdown School

Friday 10 May

11:30am KO ESFA U15 PlayStation District Cup Final Aldershot & Farnborough SFA v Sunderland SFA
1:30pm KO ESFA U18 Colleges’ Cup Final Newcastle College v Godalming College
3:30pm KO ESFA U14 PlayStation County Cup Final Essex CSFA v Lancashire CSFA
5:30pm KO ESFA U13 PlayStation District Cup Final Chester-Le-Street, Washington & Derwent SFA v South East Sussex SFA

Saturday 11 May

11:30am KO ESFA U18 Inter County Cup Final Sussex CSFA v Lancashire CSFA
1:30pm KO ESFA U16 Inter County Cup Final for Girls Lancashire CSFA v Kent CSFA
3:30pm KO ESFA U14 PlayStation County Cup Final Kent CSFA v Merseyside CSFA
5:30pm KO ESFA Boys’ U16 County Cup Final Merseyside CSFA v Sussex CSFA