The ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup, the biggest grassroots football competition in England, is back for a sixth season. The partnership with the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) builds on PlayStation’s long-standing support of grassroots football, which is set to give over 200,000 schoolchildren a chance to compete in high-profile national tournaments for boys and girls.
Since its introduction, over 40 Premier League players, including eleven of England’s recent World Cup squad, have backed PlayStation Schools’ Cup. With previous stellar names including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Maguire and John Stones, leading footballers will once again be recruited to help inspire the next generation of football stars.
This season will also see the return of National Schools’ Football Week, staged in association with PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Launched last year, hundreds of schools used the power of football to inspire pupils both on and off the pitch. As part of the campaign, Fulham FC stars Ryan and Steven Sessegnon made a surprise visit to their former school in Surrey. The twin brothers won the PlayStation Schools’ Cup with Coombe Boys’ School and have since gone on to football stardom with Fulham FC and England youth teams.
The 24 secondary school tournaments range from the main PlayStation Schools’ Cup through to ‘Small Schools’, ‘B Team’ and ‘Elite Schools’ cups, that are accessible to schools of all sizes and abilities. Knock-out rounds take place between September 2018 and March 2019. A professional football stadium will once again host the National Finals, as part of a multiple day football Festival in May 2019.
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