International Football, The World of Schools' Football

U18 England Schoolboys take on Australian counterparts

The England U18 Schoolboys will take on their first friendly match as a final squad…

This Saturday 26 January against the Australian schoolboys at Stafford Town FC’s Evans Park.

The England squad will receive their official kit, thanks to Pendle Sports on Saturday morning ahead of the match and will get their first opportunity to proudly wear the 3 Lions badge during the afternoon’s game, which is due to kick off at 2pm. As part of School Sport Australia’s UK and ROI tour, spanning January, the travelling team will visit Stafford Town this weekend, in their first match against England since January 2017.

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Stafford Town FC’s Evans Park

Spectators are encouraged to come along to Stafford Town to get a glimpse of the squad before they embark on their SAFIB Centenary Shield fixtures, which begin in March with a home tie against Wales at Slough Town FC.

You can find the squad’s upcoming fixture list below:

Fixture Date Venue
England v Australia (friendly) Saturday 26 January 2019 Stafford Town FC

2pm KO

UCFB v England (friendly) Saturday 9 February 2019 Belle Vue Sports Village

2pm KO

UCFB 2 v England (friendly) Saturday 2 March 2019 Venue TBC
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 Venue TBC

7pm KO


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_U18vRAF_050119_005.jpg

Good luck boys!

Match Reports, The World of Schools' Football, Tie of the Round

#MatchReportMonday – Ringwood School V Bournemouth School for Girls ft. Callum Wilson as the cherry on top

Ringwood School hosts the seventh Playstation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round with a special appearance from Callum Wilson

It’s #MatchReportMonday time, with hosts Ringwood School and Bournemouth School for Girls (BSG). The Ringwood School pupils were also treated to a visit from A.F.C Bournemouth super striker Callum Wilson for the seventh PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round event! Click here for more 

Ringwood School V Bournemouth School for Girls

Before all the match proceedings, Callum Wilson was introduced to both squads pausing for photos and wishing good luck to both teams.

The teams then took to the pitch for kick off, the Ringwood School squad in PlayStation blue and the Bournemouth Schools for Girls squad in red and black kits.

Although the game was a only a local friendly it certainly didn’t play out that way, after kick off it was the Bournemouth School for Girls squad doing all the pressing with the majority of the ball. All of the early pressure payed off when number 7 pounced on a loose ball and slotted it home for one nil to BSG.

The second goal of the game came in a similar fashion to the first only this time it was the BSG number 9 on the case and after picking up a stray pass the number 9 lashed the ball into the roof of the net (Due technical difficulties we lost the goal footage but the goal somewhat resembled this goal below) making it two nil to BSG.

Just before wrapping up the first half the BSG number 7 broke the Ringwood high press, one and one with keeper she smartly knocks the ball past the charging Ringwood keeper collects and passes the ball into the back of the net.  


After the break the Ringwood girls headed back out with a point to prove, controlling all the early play and asking questions of the BSG defensive. Ringwoods best chance came from Ringwoods number 15 following a powerful drive and reverse pass into the BSG box, with number 18 to collecting and cutting it back across the goal-line but the ball rolled agonisingly out of play.

With both teams in search of the crucial next goal it was the BSG number 7 again that found the breakthrough, after a powerful drive down the wing number 7 was through on goal and with some quick feet the BSG attacker rounded the keeper and cooly found the back of the net making it four nil to BSG.

The late third goal broke the Ringwood girls spirit and after an untidy challenge in the box BSG were awarded a penalty which was safely dispatched from the spot for the number 9’s second and BSG’s fifth.

In the final kicks of the game BSG’s two star attackers number 7 and number 9 combined nicely with number 7 hitting the line and cutting the ball back to number 9 who’s shot was initially well saved but the ball came back to number 9 who makes no mistake and seals the BSG victory!

The final score Ringwood School 0-6 Bournemouth School for Girls concluded the event and all of the days footballing action. A huge thank to the both teams for competing in such fierce and exciting friendly.