The Premier League Schools Tournament is one of the highlights of the Premier League Communities calendar and allows hundreds of youngsters the chance to experience the thrill of being treated like a top-flight footballer.
Created to increase participation in football, each of the 20 Premier League clubs stages their own competition to select a school to represent them on finals day, with more than 1700 schools and 13,500 players battling it out for the right to play at Goodison Park, home of Everton FC in 2016.
The 2016 tournament was the biggest to date, enabling every top-flight club to have a team in both age groups at the Finals: Under-11 mixed and Under-13 girls.
The 320 players participating on Finals day wear proper Premier League club kit, use the same dressing-rooms that the professionals use on match-day, come down the tunnel to the Premier League anthem and are refereed by Premier League match officials.
2016 Schools Tournament in numbers:
|Stadium||U11 winners||U13 winners|
|2016||Goodison Park||YGG Castell Nedd (Swansea)||St Bedes (Sunderland)|
|2015||White Hart Lane||Plantation (Liverpool)||Stoke Newington (Arsenal)|
|2014||Etihad Stadium||Plantation (Liverpool)||All Saints High (Everton)|
|2013||Anfield||Corpus Christi (Fulham)||Congleton High (Stoke)|
|2012||Emirates||Corpus Christi (Fulham)||St Peter's (Wigan Ath)|
|2011||Macron||Farnborough Road (Liverpool)||Broughton Hall (Everton)|
|2010||Ewood Park||Oakthorpe (Spurs)||South Hunsley (Hull)|
|2009||Old Trafford||Dorridge Junior (Aston Villa)||Durham Johnston (Newcastle)|
|2008||Madjeski Stadium||Ipsley Middle (Aston Villa)||Broughton Hall (Everton)|
|2007||Old Trafford||St Jude's (Portsmouth)||St Joseph's (Bolton)|
|2006||The Valley||Gomer Junior (Portsmouth)||N/A|