National Competitions, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA Open National Cup Competitions for 2020/21

Entries for the 2020/21 National Cup Competitions are now open

The ESFA are delighted to announce that entries for schools and associations to take part in National Cup competitions for the 2020/21 season are now open.

Schools and Associations can now log in to their online accounts, update their information and choose which competitions they would like to enter for the new season, which the ESFA plans to begin in November 2020.

The ESFA have not altered the programme of activity available for schools’ football teams to take part in for the coming season, providing schools and associations with our huge range of footballing competitions to take part in from November 2020.

Competitions entry will remain open until Friday 18 September and the ESFA anticipate that draws will be live on the website from w/c 5 October. It is the ESFA’s intention for competitions to begin in November 2020.

Following The FA’s guidance that was issued in July regarding the return of ‘grassroots’ and schools’ football in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESFA has created a bank of resources, available on their website, which can be referred to regarding the completion of risk assessments and general advice regarding the return to schools’ football.

On Monday 1 September, the Department of Education also released guidance on the return of recreational team sport, meaning that subject to FA guidance and risk assessments being followed, inter-school football is permitted to take place.

The ESFA is hopeful that the season will be able to begin and run smoothly and safely from November and those schools who are taking part will be kept up to date with any changes in Government guidance that may affect competitions throughout the season as and when necessary.

If your school hasn’t received an email with details on how to enter National Cup competitions for 2020/21, then please contact competitions@schoolsfa.com for further information.

The ESFA are very much looking forward to hosting the coming season of Schools’ Football.

For ESFA Schools’ Cup registration go to www.esfa.co.uk/schools

For Association affiliation go to www.esfa.co.uk/associations

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ESFA 15 Benefits – Benefits 11-15 of Schools’ Football

The ESFA share the final five ‘Benefits of Schools’ Football’ featuring players from Schools’ Teams, The England U18 Schoolboys’ Team Manager and an England U18 player

The ESFA have today posted the final five videos relating to their ‘Benefits of Schools’ Football’ campaign, which is running throughout the summer.

These final posts feature videos from pupils at St Bede’s in Durham, Woodcote High School in Croydon and All Saint’s High School in Lancashire who talk about schools’ football helping them to improve their problem solving skills and also how proud it makes them feel to be selected to represent their school. England U18 Schoolboys’ Team Manager, Richy Alderson also makes an appearance in this week’s video releases.

The ESFA is particularly proud to share a video featuring England U18 Schoolboy player, Taylor Haddow, who has taken the opportunity to talk openly about his own struggles with anxiety and stress and how motivation from his own PE teachers urged him to continue to play Schools’ Football and how, in turn, this helped him to manage his anxiety through this particular channel. We hope that by Taylor sharing his experiences, this might help other young players, who may be struggling with their own mental health, to use football as an escape or a support to them through difficult times.

A further video of Taylor being interviewed by Jay Welsh, Sports Co-Ordinator from UCFB, the ESFA’s Higher Education Partner, will be shared later this week. Jay speaks to Taylor a little bit more about his journey through football and how it has helped him outside of the game.

The ESFA has been proud to share such a positive campaign showcasing the importance of Schools’ Football to players, teachers and coaches across England and hopes to continue to share stories and good news from the world of schools’ football in the months to come.

For further information or to share your thoughts on the ESFA’s 15 Benefits, please head over to our social channels (@SchoolsFootball on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and YouTube channel, ESFA TV, to leave your comments and feedback.