Please be advised the closing date to apply for FA Competitions 2018-2019 is SUNDAY 1 APRIL 2018

 If your Club has not applied and still wishes to do so, please follow the instructions below to submit your application and payment online.



To apply for next season’s FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup, please use the direct link below to submit your application and payment online.

The application is only available for online completion and online payment by credit or debit card, and an individual can make the payment with a personal card on the Club’s behalf.

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On successful completion of the online application and online payment, you will receive an on screen confirmation and an automatic email confirmation will be sent to the participant from The FA.  However, this does NOT constitute acceptance into the specified competition(s).

The closing date is Sunday 1 April 2018.

A list of entries accepted will be available on www.TheFA.com towards the end of June 2018.

If you require any further information or assistance with completing the application please email competition.entries@thefa.com or call 0800 1691863 x 4583/4622.



The first Final of the 2018-2019 season Cup Competitions is the Chell Trophy which takes place on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at Halstead Town FC, kick off 7.45 pm.

This year’s finalists are Saffron Walden Town Reserves and Stowmarket Town Reserves which means there will be a new name on the trophy this season as neither of them have previously won the competition.  However, Stowmarket Town Reserves were in the inaugural Final in 2000-2001, losing to Wroxham.

The match officials are:  Referee Mark Potkins;  Assistant Referees Tom Beattie and Lucas Bomela;  Fourth Official Robert Southgate.

The entrance fee is £3, and £2 for concessions, and this includes a souvenir Match Day Programme.

As both teams play in black shorts and black socks Saffron Walden Town Reserves will be playing in their second colours of blue and white striped shirts, blue shorts and blue socks.  Stowmarket Town Reserves will be in their traditional colours of gold and black shirts, black shorts and black socks.

At the conclusion of the game the trophy and medals will be presented by Lionel Scutcher, Referee Appointments’ Officer, Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Reserve League.


AFC Sudbury Academy launches a Higher National Diploma Qualification in Sports Coaching

The AFC Sudbury Academy has built a reputation as one of those places where you just don’t stand still.

After 30 months of unprecedented success both on and off the pitch the Academy has decided to open its doors to the potential future Pep Guardiolas, Mo Marley’s and Gareth Southgates of the coaching world!

From September 2018 AFC Sudbury Academy will be running a Higher National Diploma in Sports Coaching from its Brundon Lane HQ. The Two Year Qualification is designed for both mature students as well as sixth form leavers. Whether currently employed in the sports coaching industry and seeking those all important academic qualifications to go with those Coaching Certificates or a fledgling coach just starting the journey, the HND will take all Coaches to the next level.

Course Director Danny Laws enthuses the positives in gaining the academic knowledge behind the industry he has worked in for 25 Years. ‘The opportunity to study in more depth the scientific principles that underpin what makes a successful sports coach is something any modern day coach cannot ignore.  The knowledge and understanding of this profession has never been so advanced and we are all moving with the times.’

The Course is structured in a way that the learners will still have the time in the working week to either continue in employment or gain the hands on work experience they need to apply the knowledge gained from the HND. With the qualification being based within an elite youth football academy and semi professional football club students will have the opportunity to work with players regularly.

Danny Laws – Whatever the HND Students particular area of sports science and sports coaching they have interest in, the opportunity will be here for them to gain valuable experience. It may be of Sports Performance Analysis, Nutrition or Fitness Testing opportunities to apply learning will be at the forefront of how we teach the course.

With the course about to be launched this week, local Bury St Edmunds based football club Sporting 87 that already has football coaches to deliver numerous activities for the local community have signed up two of its staff on to the HND at AFC Sudbury.

Jonathan Warnock, Director of Football at Sporting, said ‘How people access Higher education is changing, this is another excellent initiative by AFC Sudbury to enable local people to study a degree level course locally. Danny Laws has a proven track record of being an innovative coach and is an excellent educator.  I am delighted that at least a couple of our coaches have chosen to sign up for this HND, I’m sure it we be a massive benefit to all those that attend.’

For further Information:

www.afcsudbury.com  • academy.afc@gmail.com  • T: 01787 376 213