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ESFA announce live draws for Schools’ Football Week

The ESFA is delighted to confirm that for the first time in National Schools’ Cup history, they will be streaming a live draw for the quarter and semi final rounds of up to 30 competitions.

Schools’ Football Week, in association with Haier, will kick off on Monday 7 February 2020 with the ESFA’s live draws streaming on their YouTube channel, ESFA TV from 5pm.

The ESFA currently run 30 Schools’ Cup competitions from U12 – U18, including the 20 PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup competitions, at the U12 to U15 age groups. The quarter and semi-final rounds of all 30 competitions will be drawn live from West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns Stadium and will be streamed online for all participants to see where the next round of their competition will take them.

ESFA Director of operations, Darren Alcock said: “The ESFA is really excited about being able to broadcast ESFA National Cup draws for the very first time.  It promises to be an tremendous evening which will hopefully capture the imagination of our audience and generate some fantastic interest amongst the children, family members and teachers involved.  We are extremely grateful to our friends at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, for allowing us to use the fantastic facilities at The Hawthorns’ Stadium to host the live stream.”

Programme information and timings will be available from next week, for a more detailed overview of the event, but in the meantime the ESFA urge schools’ cup followers to subscribe to the ESFA YouTube channel and keep an eye on social media channels for further information.

Don’t forget to follow the English Schools’ FA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for up to date information on all upcoming events, including Schools’ Football Week, in association with Haier.

Schools' Football Week

Schools’ Football Week participation to hit record numbers

  • Over 120,000 pupils are due to benefit from Schools’ Football activity from 7 – 13 February 2022 as part of the SFW initiative
  • Over 46,000 girls will take part in activity specifically designed for the 2022 campaign

Schools’ Football Week (SFW), in association with Haier, will be creating football-based opportunities for more children than ever before from the 7th – 13th February 2022.

The initiative, which was launched in late 2021, has already seen over 600 schools register to take part in school-time activities for their pupils, meaning that so far, over 120,000 children will be enjoying some additional activity alongside their curriculum.

While the overall message to encourage children to get outside, have fun and enjoy being able to play sport with their school friends is still key to the campaign, the ESFA is also utilising SFW to focus on and celebrate the continued growth of girls’ football. The campaign registration so far has already shown that over 46,000 girls will benefit from some football-based activity as part of the week in 2022.

In addition to championing girls’ football this season, Schools’ Football Week is also focussing on: 

  • Celebrating the ESFA’s first ever draws for National Schools’ Cup quarter and semi-final matches on Monday 7 February 
  • Celebrating and promoting the Deaf Schools’ Finals, which take place on Tuesday 8 February 

The campaign isn’t designed to focus on competitive football, but the wide-ranging benefits that being part of a team can have on school age children in England. For example, SFW aims to bring together opportunities for schools to bring football off the pitch and into classrooms, providing learning resources from other ESFA partners that can be useful tools to engage pupils in the wider world of football.

There’s still time to get involved

If you haven’t yet registered your activity for Schools’ Football Week, there’s still a few days left to do so – simply follow this link and fill in your details.

There is also further information on the Schools’ Football Week section of our website, which is also where you can find additional resources.

Mark Hignett, ESFA Chairman said “On behalf of the English Schools’ Football Association, I am delighted to welcome Haier on board for Schools’ Football Week. It is fantastic to see how this campaign has grown in popularity over the last few years and to now have the initiative backed by a worldwide brand is another positive step for our Association.

Schools’ Football Week provides an opportunity to showcase the importance of schools’ football in England and February 2022 will provide the next instalment of this wonderful initiative. Children missed out on so many opportunities throughout 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic and the ESFA has seen, first hand, how much schools and associations had missed these opportunities to bring together children with a shared passion of football and all that it entails.

There is so much activity happening out there, be it within schools, districts, counties or internationally and with it comes a diverse range of opportunities for a diverse range of children. We want to highlight all of the wonderful work that goes on in England to nurture these young players and help them to continue on their journey with football, wherever it may take them.”

Antony Peart, Director of Brand and Communications UK and ROI at Haier said “We are pleased to have partnered with the ESFA. Their initiative is fantastic, helping and encouraging children to peruse healthy lifestyles, play football and enjoy team morale. At Haier we understand that 2020/21 was a very difficult time for all, which is one of the many reasons why we really wanted to support and work in partnership with an Association that can help bring sports and joy back into children’s daily routine.”

The ESFA and Haier will work together to create fantastic Schools’ Football Week opportunities in 2022.