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, International Football, The World of Schools' Football

England Schoolgirls and Schoolboys jet off with inspiresport

The England Schoolgirls and Schoolboys take to the skies and bring the footballing heat to Eindhoven and Milan with inspiresport 

In partnership with inspiresport both the England U15 Schoolgirls and England U18 Schoolboys have this week jetted off on their overseas tours in Holland and Italy.  

England Schoolgirls


The England Schoolgirls are spending their half term in Holland for their bespoke tour. Monday saw them arrive in Eindhoven and travel straight to Beukenlaan to play RKVV JEKA U15s. You can read the match report here.

Tuesday will see the players take to training pitches for some post-game training sessions. Wednesday morning is opportunity to explore Philips Stadium (The PSV Eindhoven Stadium) and the city of Eindhoven also known as the ‘City of Light’. After the morning’s proceedings the England Schoolgirls will return to the training pitches in preparation of their evening Match against the FC Eindhoven U15s.

Thursday sees the girls taking the time to get familiar with PSV Eindhoven’s training facilities and see the PSV first team put through the paces and on the final day the girls have the morning to enjoy the remainder of the city before flying back home. 

England Schoolboys

U18 Boys - 2019 - Milan

The England Schoolboystour takes place in Italy and specifically Milan, home to footballing icons Inter and AC Milan. The first item on the itinerary saw the boys head to legendary stadium Inter Milan San Siro for a tour followed up by watching a league game between Inter Milan and Sampdoria. On day two, like the girls, the boys hit the training ground before taking to the streets and exploring the city of Milan.

Day three sees the first game of the Schoolboystour where they’ll travel to Renate to meet AC Renate U18 in friendly fixture. The following morning the boys will have a pre-match training session before the tour finale of huge friendly game versus the Inter Milan Academy U18s and returning home. 

A special thanks to inspiresport for supporting both the England squads and providing such a fantastic opportunity for all involved.  


Twitter: @inspiresport