Last updated : Thursday, 28 September 2023
Bill Turner Trophy and CSSA Cup
The Bill Turner Trophy and CSSA Cup are school football competitions for players 15 years and under in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and Victoria.
The Bill Turner Trophy is for boys, while the CSSA Cup is for girls. Each competition has over 400 school teams participating each year, with a total of around 6,000 players.
The competitions are played in a knockout format, with early round matches starting in Term 1 each year. The finals are usually held in Term 3.
The Bill Turner Trophy was first held in 1979, while the CSSA Cup was first held in 1991. Both competitions are named after Bill Turner, a former Football Australia administrator who was passionate about promoting school football.
The Bill Turner Trophy is one of the world's largest school football competitions. It has been won by some of the biggest names in Australian football, including Tim Cahill, Mark Schwarzer, and Craig Moore.
The CSSA Cup is also a prestigious competition. It has been won by some of the best female footballers in Australia, including Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord, and Emily van Egmond.
The winners of the Bill Turner Trophy and CSSA Cup receive a perpetual trophy, gold medals for each player, and a match ball for their school. The runners-up receive a perpetual trophy, silver medals for each player, and a match ball for their school.
There are also individual awards for the best player, the most promising player, and the fairest player in each competition.