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ESFA International Programme 2020

Following discussions between the English Schools’ FA, other International Associations and SAFIB, it is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel the remainder of the ESFA’s International Programme for U18 Boys and U15 Girls in light of the present worldwide Coronavirus situation.

Both squads have enjoyed a fantastic 2020 season, with positive results in both friendly and competitive matches and with both teams undertaking some highly productive training in Eindhoven last month. As an Association, we have been greatly anticipating the Boys’ matches in the Centenary Shield, particularly the two home fixtures which were due to take place at Spennymoor and North Ferriby as well as the Girls’ Bob Docherty tournament, which was scheduled for Lilleshall National Sports Centre in April.

The ESFA is hopeful that there may be an opportunity later in the year where there may be a possibility to host an event with all of this season’s England players, to celebrate their achievements and the Association will be sure to share this information as and when the possibility arises.

In the meantime, the ESFA would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic players, their families, ESFA Management teams, venues, support staff and everyone else who has played a significant part in creating the success of both the England U15 Schoolgirls and England U18 Schoolboys squads this season.

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England U15 Schoolgirls – Bob Docherty Fixtures Released

Fixtures for the upcoming SAFIB (Schools’ Association Football International Board) Bob Docherty tournament are released for England U15 Schoolgirls

The annual Bob Docherty tournament is this year being hosted by England at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire from Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 April 2020.

SAFIB have now released the fixture details for the teams competing in this tournament –

Day 1: Wednesday 15 April
Match 1: Wales v England
Match 2: Republic of Ireland v Invitational team (TBC)
Match 3: Scotland v Northern Ireland

Day 2: Thursday 16 April
Match 1: Scotland v England
Match 2: Northern Ireland v Invitational team (TBC)
Match 3: Wales v Republic of Ireland

Day 3: Friday 17 April
Match 1: Top 2 Nations in the league after day 2’s events
Match 2: TBC v TBC
Match 3: TBC v Invitational team (TBC)

The Girls’ recent training camp in Eindhoven proved to have the desired team bonding and learning effect, leading to their success in Dublin at the weekend with their Trophy win against the Republic of Ireland.

Spectators are welcome to attend the upcoming Bob Docherty Tournament matches, with free entry.

Good luck girls!