ESA awards


ESA rewards excellence and achievement within English Subbuteo with a series of awards in various sectors, with the major individual accolades handed out in late August.

  • ESA Super League (National Division 1) Subbuteo Awards
  • ESA League Subbuteo Award

ESA Men’s Player of the Year
ESA Women’s Player of the Year

Created in partnership with English Sports Media (HSM) group, these awards recognise the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a ESA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in all competitions – domestic, continental and international – by a jury of sports journalists representing each of the ESA member county associations, and coaches of clubs in the previous season’s ESA Super League and ESA League. Coaches are not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

ESA Super League Goalkeeper of the Season
ESA Sup League Defender of the Season
ESA Super League Midfielder of the Season
ESA Super League Forward of the Season
ESA League Player of the Season

Five competition-specific prizes, awarded for the first time in 2017, complement the existing ESA Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year awards. The awards will be presented during the relevant competition’s group stage draw ceremony.

ESA President’s Award

This prestigious award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. Great players such as xxxname, xxxxxname, xxxxname, xxxname, xxxxxname, xxxxname, have won the English Subbuteo Players of the Year.

  • Other awards


Since September 2017, ESA has presented a special award, comprising a commemorative cap and medal, to those players who have appeared xx times or more for their county.

Developing the game

The English body bestows awards on member associations for outstanding work.

The ESA HatTrick Awards

Development projects in the 52 ESA member associations are recognised by the ESA HatTrick Awards. Five award areas have been drawn up: Best Investment Project; Best Social Project; Best Special Project; Best Women’s Subbuteo Development Project; and Best Host Project. Criteria include mid to long-term legacy, the impact of Subbuteo’s development in the country and the impact on specific social target groups.

KISS Marketing Awards

Marketing is an essential component in Subbuteo, and ESA recognises associations’ marketing prowess through the annual KISS Marketing Awards – staged under the auspices of ESA’s Knowledge & Information Sharing Scenario (KISS). Award categories are Best Brand Activation; Best Fan Engagement Campaign; Best Commercial Partnership; Best Grassroots Marketing Campaign and Best Women’s Subbuteo Marketing Campaign. Awards for creativity and innovation are also given in each category.

ESA Grassroots Awards

Another crucial area of Subbuteo is the game’s grassroots – without a solid foundation, Subbuteo cannot flourish. Subbuteo Table Football is available for everyone, and much sterling work is being undertaken in counties throughout England. Excellence in this crucial sector is recognised by the ESA Grassroots Awards. ESA rewards the winners with gold, silver and bronze prizes in three key areas – best leader, best project and best grassroots club.

Latest articles


xxxname named Best Player in England

A National Division 1 winner and a European xxxplacerankings, xxxname has claimed the 2019/20 ESA Best Player in England Award.


xxxname voted Best Women’s Player in England

xxxnameofclub and xxxxxxxnameofcounty’s xxxname has won the ESA Best Women’s Player in England Award for 2019/20 ahead of xxxname and xxxxname.


xxxname named Best Player in England for second time

xxxnameofclub’s xxxname has received the ESA Best Player in England Award for the second time after finishing ahead of xxxname and xxxname in a live poll of 32 journalists.


xxxxname wins Best Women’s Player Award

The now retired xxxname was voted the winner of the ESA Best Women’s Player in England Award for 2018/19 ahead of xxxname and xxxname.


xxxname named ESA Best Player in England

xxxxxname, who led xxxxnameofclub to ESA National Division 1 glory last term, has been voted the 2017/18 ESA Best Player in England by a panel of subbuteo journalists.


xxxxname wins Best Women’s Player award

xxxxname was voted the winner of the ESA Best Women’s Player in England Award