The EFL Kids and Girls Cups are national tournaments for junior footballers which offers children the once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium.
Combined, the Cups involve over 20,000 children and create one of the country’s largest national football competitions, which culminate in exciting finals at Wembley Stadium in front of thousands of fans before a major national final, as schoolchildren live out their dream.
The competition which inspires children to be active, healthy, and develop a strong sense of teamwork, discovered Derby County star Will Hughes, while David Beckham’s former school Chase Lane Primary walked away as 2013/14 Kids Cup League 1 winners, representing Leyton Orient.
The EFL Kids Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U11 schoolchildren and culminates in three finals across the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off weekend in May.
The road to the finals starts when the new school term starts. Each EFL club organises a Kids Cup local competition for all local schools wishing to takepart.
The 72 clubs are first split into 3 divisions, in line with club’s divisional status, before being again split into two groups, north and south. The winners of the divisional northern and southern finals will then qualify for the chance to play before the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off Final of the relevant division.
Many clubs play the final of their local competition at their home stadium before a first team game. The winners of that competition then go on to represent the club in the Area, Regional and National phases of the competition, where they will face schools representing other League clubs.
The EFL Girls Cup is for U13 girls that culminates in a grand final prior to the EFL Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium in March. Again a six aside contest the road to the finals starts when the new school term starts. Each of the 72 EFL club organises a local competition for all schools wishing to take part in their area, with their final often taking place at the home ground before a first team game. The winners of that competition then go on to represent the club in the Area, Regional and National phases of the competition, where they will face schools representing other League clubs.