ESFA Internationals, International Football

England Schoolboys’ opening Centenary Shield match to be streamed LIVE on ESFA TV

England V Wales opening Centenary Shield match to be streamed live from 6:45pm via ESFA TV on YouTube…


The England U18 Schoolboys will take part in the opening match of this season’s Centenary Shield competition when they face Wales (Welsh Schools’ FA) in the first competitive match of the season at Slough Town FC this Friday 8 March (7pm KO). The match will be preceded by a Primary School football festival, sponsored by the Professional Footballers Association and featuring 10 schools from the Berkshire area.


The England squad in their official kit, courtesy of Pendle Sports will head to Slough on Friday (8 March) to compete in their first competitive match of the season. The squad has enjoyed some success with their friendly matches so far, beating School Sport Australia 1-0, followed by two further matches against the ESFA’s HE foundation partner, University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) students, where England secured both a win and a draw.

Spectators are invited to come along to Slough Town FC this Friday to support this season’s squad as they embark on their Centenary Shield run:


Centenary Shield Fixtures
England v Wales Friday 8 March 2019 Slough Town FC

7pm KO

Scotland v England Friday 22 March 2019 Inverurie Locos

7pm KO

England v Northern Ireland Friday 5 April 2019 Redditch United FC

7pm KO

Republic of Ireland v England Friday 12 April 2019 Bohemians FC

7pm KO

As per previous seasons, the ESFA are delighted to announce that both home matches (8 March and 5 April) will be streamed live, online and for free via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV. You can tune in from 6:45pm on Friday for live coverage of the match with full commentary.


Pre-match build up will be available via the ESFA’s social media accounts; as well as an interactive Man of the Match vote via Twitter (@schoolsfootball).


The ESFA 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 national nomination process.


ESFA Internationals, Football Development, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA Primary School Festival – Slough Town FC

ESFA Hosts Primary School Festival alongside England International at Slough Town FC in conjunction with The PFA

The ESFA primary school festival ran in partnership on Friday evening (8 March) thanks to specialist funding from the PFA. The event was a triumphant hit with all in attendance, this was visible from the smiles on everyone’s faces.

10 schools from the Berkshire area participated in the festival. The event took place at Slough Town FC from 3pm. The event was a celebration of Primary schools’ football and a chance for local schools to display their abilities and compete against each other.


Schools that took part were :

Slough Schools:

Lynch Hill

Holy Family Catholic School

Dedworth School (A team & B team)

Priory School

Montem Academy

Wokingham Schools:

Hawkedon Primary School 

South Lake Primary School

West Berkshire Schools:

Long Lane Primary School

Reading Schools:

St Mary & All Saints C of E Primary School


The festival consisted of mixed teams from year 5 and 6 at each school in a 7-a-side format.

Matches lasted 10 minutes each and the festival consisted of two leagues with winners and runners up going into a plate competition and main competition.

The final presentation took place at 5:00pm, declaring Dedworth Schools’ A Team as the competition winners, with Montem, Lynch Hill and Long Lane taking 2nd to 4th place, respectively.

The Primary presentation took place just ahead of the England v Wales in the Centenary Shield fixture, which will kicked off at 7 pm. You can watch the full England v Wales match here.



We would like to thank all the primary schools that took part in Friday’s festival and also the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), for supporting this wonderful opportunity.