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About the MCSFA




The Merseyside County Schools’ Football Association (MCSFA) was founded in 1974 after local government reorganisation and the establishment of the metropolitan borough councils. The newly formed Merseyside County Council covered the boroughs of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. Even though the Merseyside County Council has long since been dissolved the MCSFA still continues to exist and is responsible for servicing schools (and colleges) with football in the local schools’ football association areas of Liverpool and St Helens (all age combined primary and secondary associations), Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral secondary associations, and Bootle and District (Crosby), Formby, Huyton, Kirkby, Maghull, Prescot and District (Halewood), Southport and Wirral  primary associations. In addition, currently, it has West Lancashire at secondary level, along with Skelmersdale and Warrington at primary as associate members. The MCSFA is affiliated to the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) and the Northern Counties Schools’ Football Association (NCSFA). The MCSFA adopts a policy of zero tolerance towards behaviour (verbal or otherwise) shown by players or others at any football match under its jurisdiction deemed to be of a racist, sexist, homophobic or any other abusive nature. The MCSFA supports totally the FA’s Respect Campaign.


The MCSFA has five county representative teams entering ESFA and NCSFA competitions at the start of season 2015/2016 under-18, -16 and -14 boys (although under-14 girls are now available for selection) and under-16 and -14 girls. Merseyside’s under-18 boys have been ESFA national champions on five occasions and North West and NCSFA winners on no less than 10 occasions, their latest Northern Counties triumph being as recent as last season 2012-13. Merseyside’s under-16 boys have been national champions on three occasions and NCSFA winners on eight. The ESFA introduced a national under-14 boys’ inter-county competition three seasons ago; Merseyside have been champions for the past two seasons. Girls’ inter-county football was only established at the end of the 1990’s, but since then Merseyside’s under-16 girls have been ESFA champions on three occasions and NCSFA winners on six.


Many high profile professional players have cut their teeth playing for Merseyside; of today’s crop Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England captain) and Leighton Baines (Everton and England) are but two. The MCSFA over the years has also produced many schoolboy and now schoolgirl ESFA international players (refer elsewhere on this website for names and details). Merseyside as a whole continues to be a hotbed of grassroots football talent.


The MCSFA organises inter-association (district) and inter-school competitions for both the secondary and primary sectors – 32 in total at present. All affiliated local associations and their member schools are eligible to enter MCSFA competitions – a few hundred schools and a few thousand children and youngsters. The MCSFA provides opportunity for participation for boys and girls at all age levels from under-11 up to and including under-19 (the latter also encompassing local FE colleges).


End of season highlights include the under-11 Everton and Liverpool Cup evenings at Goodison Park and Anfield. The Everton Cup event involves inter-association finals and has run since 1981, with a girls’ final introduced in 2008. The Liverpool Cup finals’ evening at Anfield began in 1979 and is run in partnership with Liverpool Schools’ FA. It involves inter-school 7-a-side competition finalists, girls being introduced in 2005. The support of both Everton and Liverpool FC’s for these events has been second to none.


To gather a more comprehensive insight as to what the MCSFA and its member associations are about, please peruse other pages of the website