English Schools’ FA International squad search begins…
The ESFA will begin their search for this season’s most talented Schools’ Footballers, with a view to presenting them with the opportunity to earn honours caps by representing their country in the 2018-2019 Schools’ Football season.
U15 Girls’ trials will commence this weekend for talented players in the North and South East of England. Trialists for the boys’ squad won’t be far behind, with their initial trial opportunities commencing on the 20 October for Midlands and North areas of England.
These trials will present an opportunity for nominated players to impress selectors at different regional events across the country. Simply by being nominated to take part in regional trials, players have already achieved the honour of being recognised by their county, having been put forward for the opportunity to play internationally by proving their capability of playing both individually and as part of a team.
The international squads are made up of the best players in Schools’ Football in England. They are chosen based upon their talent, following making it through a strict nomination process. Those who are successful in the trials process will go on to represent their country.
Since 1904 English Schools’ Football Association has been the governing body for schools football across England and have run International squads since 1907. The Association boasts crowds of 95,000 spectators at Wembley on multiple occasions at the height of the U15 international representative boys’ team. The ESFA are proud of their remit as an educational organization, to be able to reward individuals, particularly at U18 level, who choose to remain in mainstream education as opposed to opting to join the academy system. There are deeply rooted values in education for ESFA and this is a way to celebrate players who have chosen to build a secure foundation for themselves with qualifications, wherever their football careers may take them.