ESFA Schools

Competitions

The English Schools’ FA National Competitions Department are delighted to announce than entry for our 2016/17 National Cup Competitions is now open! Please find below all the information you will need for the upcoming season’s competitions, sponsors and entry information!

What the ESFA Offers

The ESFA offer National Cup competitions for all secondary schools and further education colleges in England, so don't let your pupils miss out on the fantastic experience of entering English Schools’ FA Cup competitions for 2016-2017!

The competitions we run are some of the world’s largest football competitions and over 7,000 secondary school and college football teams competed last season! We firmly believe that ESFA gives pupils an educational experience of competing against schools outside of local District and County Cup competitions. The draw is structured so that the early round matches are drawn regionally to save on travel costs, however we also offer flexibility for you to choose to play out of county fixtures, wherever possible, right from the start of the season if you so wish!

Last season our fantastic 15 PlayStation Schools’ Cup finals, from the Under 12 to Under 15 age group were played at Reading Football Club, over three consecutive days in May. The event included personal appearances by Danny Rose, Jason Puncheon, Alex Iwobi, Steph Houghton and commentary from John Scales and Clive Tyldesley.

The PlayStation Schools' Cup is a fantastic partnership between PlayStation and the ESFA and provides opportunities for schools and pupils throughout the season to get involved with events and competitions highlighting the importance and the fun of Schools' Football! 

To see full matches and highlights you can visit our YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/t9TApiLvfs4

Our 4 x Under 16 Premier League Schools’ Cup Finals were played at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium, whilst other finals were hosted at Premier League Champions’ Leicester City FC, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City FC amongst others. Most matches were broadcast live online with full commentary via 247.tv and 353 Photography were in attendance at all finals, so each moment was captured for our players and schools to keep.

New Partnership with Hudl

This season we are launching a new partnership with Hudl, who are now sponsoring our five U18 competitions. Hudl are proud to partner with the English Schools’ Football Association for the 2016-2017 season.

While the focus of this partnership is the rebranding of the U18 girls', boys' and Elite competition to the Hudl Cup, they aim to help teams in every age group improve with their affordable, easy-to-use video platform - Analysis isn’t just for the pro’s! Find out how Hudl can help you win next season by emailing Matt Cook and visiting their website.

New Partnership with Pendle

The ESFA’s Official Kit Provider 2016-17

This season we are launching a new partnership with Pendle Sportswear as they become the ESFA’s Official Kit Supplier for 2016-17. Pendle see this partnership as a way to bring their core values of trust, quality and exceptional service to the ESFA and all secondary schools and the ESFA are proud to be kitting out our International Squads in Pendle kit and proving opportunities for our schools teams to also benefit from this great new partnership.

The ESFA and Pendle would like to invite schools nationwide to become and ESFA partner school and set up a FREE Online Shop with the benefit of easy and affordable kit ordering for sports departments and for parents to purchase quality school PE kit direct from the brand.

ESFA Partner School Benefits

  • Complimentary development of your own Online School Shop
  • Huge savings on high quality football kits, training equipment and PE kits
  • Despatch of printed kits within 2 days – straight to your door
  • Options to create school funds
  • FREE tickets to watch live England Schoolboys International matches
  • 20% discount on the ESFA online shop

Register your school at mercury.footballkit.co.uk/form/esfa for this fantastic opportunity!

What’s New in Competitions?

The ESFA reviewed its national competition structure earlier in the season. This included a consultation process with our member schools which has allowed us to form the basis of any changes that we have made to our National Programme. The following changes have been made, subject to approval at the English Schools’ FA AGM, later in the year:

  • Select your fixture preference – local fixtures, out of county or no preference
  • The U13 Girls’ Cup will now become 9v9 (no longer 11v11)
  • A maximum of 3 Academy / Centre of Excellence players can participate in a Schools’ Cup or Small Schools’ Cup fixture. There are no restrictions in place regarding the number of academy / centre of excellence players that can participate in an Open Schools’ Cup fixture. Schools can compete in both as long as the rules of the competition are upheld
  • A new Under 18 ‘Elite’ Cup has been created that is specifically designed to cater for schools and colleges that offer a football academy programme at sixth form level. Students that have enrolled at the school or college as part of a football academy programme are ineligible to participate in Under 18 Schools’ Cup or Under 18 Colleges’ Cup.
  • Player registration will be instigated free of charge at the last 64 of each competition (last 32 for the smaller competitions). This will hopefully alleviate issues regarding player eligibility
  • Hudl will proudly sponsor the 5 x U18 Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup for Season 2016-2017
  • The Under 17 Schools’ Cup will not be offered this season

ESFA Competition Entry

If you are registered as a contact for your school or college on our database, you will have received an email directly with your login details. Once you have followed the instructions on screen, you will be able to select the competitions you would like to enter for this season.

Please find below a description of the competitions available – this explains the eligibility for each competition, please ensure you fully understand the parameters for entry as we do have to remove teams if they are found to be ineligible.

Schools’ Cup Eligibility

This is the main category of boys’ competition that we offer to our member schools. In individual school/college competitions, a maximum of three players who attend an FA Licensed Academy/Centre of Excellence can participate in a match

Small Schools’ Cup Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the Small Schools’ Cup the school must have fewer than 65 boys on roll in the specified age group.

Small Schools’ Cup Age Groups

The U12 9-a-side Small Schools’ Cup (Year 7 only) will be run after Christmas. The entry forms for this competition will be circulated in November.

B Team Schools’ Cup Eligibility

If your school has entered a team into the Schools’ Cup, Open Schools’ Cup or Small Schools’ Cup, then it is eligible to enter an additional ‘B’ team into the same age group to compete in a separate competition. Players that play in the ‘A’ team will not be eligible to compete in the ‘B’ Cup. Players that are registered within the programme for excellence are not eligible to participate in the B Team Schools’ Cup competitions

Girls’ Cup Eligibility

Girls are eligible to play in any boys’ competition up to the Under 18 age group. However, the ESFA runs the following competitions to specifically support the development of the girls’ game

Note: The Under 12 Girls’ 9-a-side Schools’ Cup (Year 6 & 7 only) will be run after Christmas. The entry forms for this competition will be circulated in November.

Under 18 Regional Leagues

The ESFA will offer regional leagues to schools and colleges across England. It is expected that each league will host 8-10 teams, with each team playing each other once within the league. Schools that currently enter local leagues run by the County Schools’ FA will be expected to fulfil their commitments in the local league. It is not the ESFA’s intention to compete directly with the County Schools’ FA as this competition is designed for those schools that do not currently have a local league to play in.

Schools wishing to enter leagues organised by external providers, must seek sanction from the ESFA before entering.


Season 2016-2017

Key Dates

  • Competition Entry Starts: 17 Jun 2016.
  • Early Entry Discount: 15% before 25 Jun 2016.
  • Late Entry Surcharge: 0% if entered after competition deadline date.

Boys National Competitions

  1. ESFA / DCSA Boys Junior 5-a-Side Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Years 7 and 8
    Deadline
    late entries by 24 Jan 2017
    Entry
    Closed
  2. ESFA / DCSA Boys Senior 5-a-Side Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Years 9-11
    Deadline
    late entries by 24 Jan 2017
    Entry
    Closed
  3. ESFA Boys Under 11 Danone Nations 7-A-Side Schools' Cup for School Teams
    School Years
    Years 5 and 6 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  4. ESFA Boys Under 11 Danone Nations Small Schools' Soccer Sevens
    School Years
    Years 5 and 6 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    For schools with under 100 pupils in Key Stage II and fewer than 30 pupils in Year 6
  5. ESFA / Impact Trophies Boys Under 12 Indoor 5-A-Side Schools’ Cup
    School Years
    Year 7 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  6. ESFA Boys Under 12 PlayStation 9-a-Side Schools' Cup for 'B' Teams
    School Years
    Year 7 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    (For 'B' teams of Schools which have entered an 'A' team into the U12 Schools' Cup). Players registered with the programme for excellence are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  7. ESFA Boys Under 12 PlayStation 9-a-Side Schools’ Cup
    School Years
    Year 7 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 27 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  8. ESFA Boys Under 12 PlayStation 9-a-Side Small Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 7 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Dec 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    For Schools with fewer than 65 boys on roll in Year 7. A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  9. ESFA Boys Under 12 PlayStation Open Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 7 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 22 Oct 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    There is no restriction on the number of Premier League / Football League Academy players that can be fielded in a fixture in this competition
  10. ESFA Boys Under 13 PlayStation Open Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 8 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 22 Oct 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    There is no restriction on the number of Premier League / Football League Academy players that can be fielded in a fixture in this competition
  11. ESFA Boys Under 13 PlayStation Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 8 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 21 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  12. ESFA Boys Under 13 PlayStation Schools' Cup For 'B' Teams
    School Years
    Year 8 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 21 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    (For 'B' teams of Schools which have entered an 'A' team into the U13 Schools' Cup). Players registered with the programme for excellence are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  13. ESFA Boys Under 13 PlayStation Small Schools' Trophy
    School Years
    Year 8 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 22 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    For schools with fewer than 65 boys on roll in Year 8
  14. ESFA Boys Under 14 PlayStation Open Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 9 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    There is no restriction on the number of Premier League / Football League Academy players that can be fielded in a fixture in this competition
  15. ESFA Boys Under 14 PlayStation Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 9 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 21 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  16. ESFA Boys Under 14 PlayStation Schools' Cup for 'B' Teams
    School Years
    Year 9 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    (For 'B' teams of Schools which have entered an 'A' team into the U14 Schools' Cup). Players registered with the programme for excellence are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  17. ESFA Boys Under 14 PlayStation Small Schools' Trophy
    School Years
    Year 9 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    For schools with fewer than 65 boys on roll in Year 9. A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  18. ESFA Boys Under 15 PlayStation Open Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 10 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    There is no restriction on the number of Premier League / Football League Academy players that can be fielded in a fixture in this competition
  19. ESFA Boys Under 15 PlayStation Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 10 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 27 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  20. ESFA Boys Under 15 PlayStation Schools' Cup for B Teams
    School Years
    Year 10 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    (For 'B' teams of Schools which have entered an 'A' team into the U15 Schools' Cup). Players registered with the programme for excellence are not eligible to participate in this competition)
  21. ESFA Boys Under 15 PlayStation Small Schools' Trophy
    School Years
    Year 10 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    For schools with fewer than 65 boys on roll in Year 10. A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  22. ESFA Boys Under 16 Premier League Open Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 11 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    There is no restriction on the number of Premier League / Football League Academy players that can be fielded in a fixture in this competition
  23. ESFA Boys Under 16 Premier League Schools’ Cup
    School Years
    Year 11 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  24. ESFA Boys Under 16 Premier League Small Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 11 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 22 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    For schools with fewer than 65 boys on roll in Year 11. A maximum of three players who attend an FA licensed academy / centre of excellence can participate in a match in this competition.
  25. ESFA Boys Under 18 Hudl Colleges' Trophy
    School Years
    Years 11 to 13 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    Students that have enrolled at the school or college as part of a football academy programme are ineligible to participate in this competition
  26. ESFA Boys Under 18 Hudl Elite Schools' & Colleges' Cup
    School Years
    11 - 13 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    ** New Competition ** (specifically designed for schools and colleges that run football academy programmes at sixth form level)
  27. ESFA Boys Under 18 Hudl Schools' Trophy
    School Years
    Years 11 to 13 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    Students that have enrolled at the school or college as part of a football academy programme are ineligible to participate in this competition.
  28. ESFA Boys Under 18 Regional League
    School Years
    Years 11-13 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 7 Oct 2016
    Entry
    Closed
    Notes
    Teams will be allocated into regional leagues and fixtures ciculated in September

Girls National Competitions

  1. ESFA / DCSA Girls Senior 5-a-Side Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Years 7-11
    Deadline
    late entries by 24 Jan 2017
    Entry
    Closed
  2. ESFA Girls Under 11 Danone Nations 7-A-Side Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Years 5 and 6 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  3. ESFA / Impact Trophies Girls Under 12 Indoor 5-A-Side Schools’ Cup
    School Years
    Year 7 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  4. ESFA Girls Under 12 PlayStation 9-a-Side Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Years 6 and 7 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Dec 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  5. ESFA Girls Under 13 PlayStation 9-a-Side Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Years 7 and 8 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 27 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  6. ESFA Girls Under 14 PlayStation Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Years 8 and 9 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  7. ESFA Girls Under 15 PlayStation Schools' Cup
    School Years
    Year 9 and 10 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  8. ESFA Girls Under 16 Premier League Schools’ Cup
    School Years
    Years 10 and 11 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 27 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  9. ESFA Girls Under 18 Hudl Colleges' Trophy
    School Years
    Years 11 to 13 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed
  10. ESFA Girls Under 18 Hudl Schools' Trophy
    School Years
    Year 11 to 13 Only
    Deadline
    late entries by 16 Sep 2016
    Entry
    Closed

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Index

Statistics for 2016-2017

CompetitionsTeams
Boys: 235212
Girls: 71554
Total6766

Top 10 Team Colours

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