Spaces still available for popular ECFA leagues in 2019/20
A record number of teams have entered the ECFA Premier League for the 2019/20 season, highlighting the growing appetite to compete at the highest level of college football.
The ECFA Premier League, which is the highest level of football within the further education sector, has grown in popularity, with 58 under-19 men’s teams set to compete in eight divisions, as well as 20 under-21 women’s teams playing in three divisions.
The winners and runners up in each division will qualify for a play-off competition, the final of which will be played at Port Vale FC on 6 May 2020.
The reigning men’s champions are South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, while Tyne Metropolitan College landed the title in the women’s competition.
The ECFA, which is the football delivery arm of AoC Sport, has worked closely with the FA in developing a player pathway which provides opportunities for all levels of ability and supports its vision of making every student active.
The ECFA Championships are targeted at teams who have a focus on quality and performance and include teams aspiring to progress to the Premier League.
The ECFA Regional Leagues are targeted at participation teams, with teams in the women’s competitions having the option of using flexible formats.
In total there are 100 divisions in nine regions across England, making AoC Sport the largest provider of further education football.
The leagues are open to colleges, schools, academies and training providers and teams are grouped geographically to limit travel and flexible format rules encourage participation.
Spaces are still available in the Championships and Regional Leagues and colleges, schools, academies and training providers are encouraged to enter a team by early September.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to enter a team.
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