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ESPFA (Educational and Semi Pro FA)

ESPFA (Educational and Semi Pro FA)


The Education and Semi-Professional Football Academy (ESPFA) is a unique study programme for 16-18 year olds. Running alongside existing youth set-ups at participating member clubs, the programme offers the best of each year’s intake the chance to play academy and senior non-league football in the clubs’ main stadia at a level that has a fantastic reputation throughout football. The programme is an ideal pathway for students who wish to combine their further education with a high quality football programme when leaving high school or transferring from their first year of college.​                                                                                                                                                                              

The ESPFA is unique to any other football & education study programme in the country and a concept no other can provide. Unlike other programmes that are run individually, all our member clubs are part of a national organisation with the education programme, football programme and the league they compete in, centrally managed with a tier of regional senior management staff to oversee the day to day operation.                 



ESPFA | Education and Semi-Professional Football Academy | Launch 2020

The Northern Premier League Football Academy (NPLFA), the Southern League Football Academy (SLFA) and the Isthmian League Football Academy (ILFA) have merged...