Established in 1883, the Glasgow Football Association exists to represent the interests of the senior football clubs in Glasgow. Currently, these are: Celtic, Clyde, Partick Thistle, Queen’s Park, and Rangers.
In addition, we organise the annual City of Glasgow Cup tournament (first played in 1887), and also encourage the involvement of local schools and the development of youth football through a variety of other programmes and events.
Following on from another successful City of Glasgow Cup competition and Cup Final at Firhill Stadium in April, fixtures have now been confirmed for Round 1 and Round 2 of this season's competition. Details of subsequent fixtures will follow.
There are two changes to the City of Glasgow Cup competition this season. The first is a change in age group, switching from U17s to U20s. The second change is in the format of the competition. We will be reverting to the format last used in season 2014-15, where teams play each other once in a round-robin league, followed by semi-finals determined by final league position. The winners of the semi-finals will contest the Final.
The 2018-19 competition kicked off on 22nd October with Celtic hosting Partick Thistle, and it was the home team that dominated the match, recording a 6-0 win.
We are delighted to confirm the continuance of City Refrigeration Holdings (UK) Ltd as Sponsor of the Glasgow Football Association and the City of Glasgow Cup for season 2018-19, and are very appreciative of the support and encouragement provided by Executive Chairman Lord Haughey and his company.
Running alongside the City of Glasgow Cup Final we will once again be delivering our annual Schools Programme and Festival. Community Coaches from each of the five Glasgow FA member clubs spend eight weeks coaching pupils from 25 schools in and around the City in the run up to the Cup Final. The final session taking place at Toryglen, where the schools come together for a day of coaching and games. Each of the Glasgow FA clubs then choose one school to represent them at the Final by playing on the park at half-time.
Toryglen is also the venue for our Under-11s Football Festival. Now in it’s 5th year, it has become a fixed event in our calendar with a good mix of teams participating, including both Scottish and English Premiership teams, as well as local Boys Clubs and the Glasgow FA member clubs. The next Festival is due to take place on Saturday 26th January 2019. Further details will follow nearer the time.
Another Glasgow FA initiative is our U11 & U12 indoor Futsal programme. Started as a one-off event three seasons ago, and run specifically for the benefit of the Glasgow FA member clubs, it has since then grown into a 12-week programme, taking place between September and April each year, using local indoor facilities.
In addition to promoting the activities of the Glasgow Football Association, our 2018-19 website also offers a little of the flavour of the City of Glasgow through the use of a variety of background images. These have all been supplied courtesy of the SNS Group, and are also displayed on our Backgrounds page.
City Refrigeration Holdings is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the activities of the Glasgow Football Association in season 2018-19. The Glasgow FA continues to show an impressive and growing commitment to youth and schools football in the city through the City of Glasgow Cup, the Schools Programme and Festival, the Under-11s Football Festival at Toryglen, and the Glasgow Futsal tournament.
The 2018-19 City of Glasgow Cup matches should be very special for the players of all the competing teams, as they contest one of the oldest tournaments in world football.
The City of Glasgow Cup competition is designed to give our talented young players the opportunity to gain invaluable experience as they make their way from youth football through to becoming senior professionals.
What better way than to compete in matches at the country’s biggest football venues? City of Glasgow Cup Finals in recent seasons have taken place at Hampden Park, Celtic Park, Ibrox Stadium, and Firhill Stadium.
Enjoy the tournament, and let’s look forward to seeing our stars of the future putting on a great display during the 2018-19 season for this most prestigious of trophies.
Lord William Haughey OBE
City Refrigeration Holdings (UK) Ltd
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