Stevenage FC Foundation host biggest EFL Girls Cup yet!

The EFL Girls Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U13 girls that culminates in a grand final prior to the Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.

The road to the finals begin when each of the 72 EFL clubs organise a local competition for all schools wishing to take part.

Each winning school of the local competition then represents their club in the North or South Area Finals, in a bid to reach the Regional Finals.

The two teams who are victorious in the North and South Regional Finals proceed to play at the Grand Final at Wembley in March.

On Friday 16th November, Stevenage FC Foundation hosted this years local tournament with 15 teams taking part equaling over 120 girls taking part in this annual tournament. Our biggest local tournament yet!

A total of 11 schools registered from Stevenage and the surrounding areas and the teams competed in a tough tournament for a place at the area finals in Northampton.

After two very tough group stages came to a close we saw John Henry Newman, Presdales, Priory and Simon Balle go through to the very well contested Semi-Finals.

The final was closer than ever with Simon Balle (Hertford) running out 2-1 winners against The Priory School (Hitchin). Simon Balle took a quick 2-0 lead but once Priory replied the game tightened up despite some good pressure from Priory, Simon Balle held on to take the victory.

Simon Balle will now represent Stevenage FC at the Area Finals which are taking place at Northampton Town FC in January. 

Stevenage FC Foundation wish them all the best for the next round.


Project Officer Dani Toyn said:

'Friday was a great showcase of girls football in Hertfordshire and how far girls football has come in the last few years. The fact that there was over 120 girls playing in the tournament was a real proud moment for me and there was a great buzz around the venue. I was delighted that so many schools accepted the invitation to take part and that we were able to bring so many young female footballers together to play the sport that we all love.'

Jo Churchman from our finalists Priory School spoke to Stevenage FC and said:

'The tournament is great, probably more so than going out and playing on an 11 a side pitch. They're small sided games and for the development of the girls skills and everything else is really good.'

When we asked the Ridgeway Academy girls what it would be like to play at Wembley they described it as 'Amazing, a dream come true.'

Thank you and well done to all of our participating schools:

Barnwell School (Stevenage), John Henry Newman (Stevenage), John Warner (Hoddesdon), Monks Walk (Welwyn), Nobel School (Stevenage), Onslow St Audreys (Hatfield), Presdales School (Ware), Priory School (Hitchin), Ridgeway Academy (Welwyn), Simon Balle (Hertford), Thomas Alleyne Academy (Stevenage).

To find out more information about the EFL Girls cup or to register your school for future tournaments please contact Dani Toyn on [email protected]