The PlayStation Schools’ Cup is an exciting grassroots football partnership between PlayStation and the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA). The tournaments are open to girls and boys throughout England within the U12, U13, U14 and U15 age categories.
The ESFA is the governing body of schools’ football in England. It is responsible for the running and development of schools’ competitions and festivals for boys and girls at Primary and Secondary school age. Previous ESFA grassroots tournaments have helped nurture stars such as Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Phil Neville, Jermain Defoe, Chris Smalling, Nicky Butt, Joe Cole and Wes Brown.
Over 2,000 schools and 100,000 children will now benefit from the PlayStation Schools’ Cup programme. Every school involved will be issued with a PlayStation Schools’ Cup match day football.
The PlayStation Schools’ Cup will not just benefit the leading young footballers in the country – the competition is open to children of all abilities with `B team’ and `Small School Trophy’ tournaments also an integral part of PlayStation’s support of grassroots football. Regional tournaments will take place between September 2017 and March 2018. The National finals will be held across a three day footballing extravaganza in May 2018. You can view all the highlights and the best bits of both season-ending events on the PlayStation Schools’ Cup YouTube channel here.
Since the launch of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup in 2013, a number of leading professional footballers have supported the competition. The majority of these players have visited schools as part of the Tie of the Round roadshows, with others attending the season-ending PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival.