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England U18 Schoolboys vs ROI U18 Schoolboys- Official match day programme

Today ( Friday 3 April) is the day the England U18 Schoolboys were due to be kicking off the first home leg of the 2019/2020 Centenary Shield campaign v their Republic of Ireland Counterparts. However due to the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019/2020 International season – See here– this game will unfortunately not be going ahead.

However, we are delighted to announce that you can now download the full match day programme for FREE via the link below.

We would like to take this time to thank all the staff at Spennymoor Town for their professionalism and communication throughout the organisation of this fixture. The Association were thoroughly looking forward to visiting the Brewery field, which we know would have been a great venue for this prestigious international fixture.

We would also like to thank all of our international sponsors for supporting the International program, although this season hasn’t come to the end we had expected, it has still been a highly successful and enjoyable season for the England Schoolboys!

Finally, thank you to all the players, coaching staff and parents for their commitment to making this international season such a success. As mentioned in our previous statement, the ESFA is hopeful that their may be an opportunity to host an event with all of this seasons international players to celebrate their achievements and we will keep you informed as and when the possibility arises.


ESFA Introduce U18 Super League as National Cup Competition

ESFA National Competitions are open for 2019/20 with a shake up to the U18 competition format

The ESFA’s National Competitions Department has launched a brand new competition format for the U18 age group for 2019-20 – introducing the ESFA U18 Super League!

Two ESFA U18 Super League competitions will run from September, one for girls and one for boys across the Year 11 – 13 age groups. The competition is designed for schools and colleges which offer a football academy or development programme at sixth form level – in addition the competition is also open to private providers who also offer a similar sixth form-age football programme. We hope that this change will take the level of elite footballing skill we already see throughout the ESFA U18 National Cup programmes to an even higher benchmark.

The competitions, which are based on the Champions League format, will begin with a group phase made up of 4 or 5 teams per group. Each of the teams will play all of the other teams in their group once by Christmas. The winners of the group phase will then qualify to compete in the knockout phase which will begin after the Christmas holidays.

Entry deadline is approaching…

Entries will close on Friday 19 July – if you would like to register to enter this competition, simply email and the team will set you up on the system ahead of the new season. Don’t miss out – make sure your team is a part of something new!