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Football Development

The four Pillars shape our football development work are:

Participation, Competitions, Workforce, Community


ECFA aims for further education football to be diverse and be fully inclusive. Working with key partners and stakeholders, we want to inspire more people to play football more often by promoting, supporting and delivering enjoyable, inclusive, flexible and appropriate playing opportunities for all.


ECFA, the football delivery arm of AoC Sport, 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.


ECFA aims to develop the future workforce by providing students with a world-leading FE youth leadership educational and training programme, which provides high-quality learning and enhances student employability. We support member colleges and stakeholders to recruit, develop, deploy and retain student volunteers through a cross-curricular approach, using football leadership as value added to students’ study programmes.


ECFA works with member colleges, key stakeholders and partners to develop football within local communities; with an emphasis on utilising the unique skills and expertise of Further Education institutes, their student workforce and their facilities to support grassroots football clubs and schools. We deliver networking events and conferences for stakeholders to share best practice, and aim to be recognised as providing outstanding football and educational services to students, further education institutions and their communities, and our ECFA partners. ECFA aims to support and recognise the outstanding work of our members, stakeholders and partners in developing grassroots football.