The four Pillars of ECFA which shape our football development work are:
Participation, Competitions, Workforce, Community
ECFA aims to provide a high-quality male, female and disability football competitions pathway for further education students. We promote, support and deliver a range of high-quality football competitions for student which includes: National and regional leagues, national cup competitions, small-sided regional and national championships, recreational festivals and partner leagues.
English Colleges FA competitions
As part of our AoC Sport leagues and cups, ECFA represents all football competitions. To get more people playing football more often we deliver a comprehensive competitions pathway from recreational to elite level, across five competition categories:
Category One: National Elite League – men’s and women’s 11v11
Category Two: Regional Performance Leagues – men’s and women’s 11v11
Category Three: Regional Participation Leagues – men’s 11v11 and women’s flexi-football
Category Four: Sub regional recreational leagues and festivals – men’s, women’s and disability flexi- and small-sided football
Category Five: Intramural recreational leagues – men’s, women’s and disability
The aim is to provide a high-quality male, female and disability football competitions pathway for further education students; providing opportunities for every student to participate and support player progression.
We encourage organisations participating in our ECFA competitions to develop a competitive and recreational offer for 16 to 19-year-old students and also appropriate club links/exit routes for each category.
Our ECFA Competitions pathway is underpinned by the Football Quality Framework – a set of National Standards linked to the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework.
In addition to the ECFA Competitions, we operate a number of ECFA Partner Leagues. Further details can be found on our partners page.
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