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England U15 Schoolgirls vs ISFA Girls- Match Report

The England Schoolgirls got their international programme off to a positive start with a 2-2 draw against their Independent Schools’ FA counterparts.

English Schools Football Association U15 Girls v ISFA U16 at Charterhouse School on Sunday 12th January 2020 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

After receiving their kits for the upcoming campaign, the squad took to the immaculate surface at Charterhouse School for their first match together since the final squad selection was made in December.

Rebecca Ferguson took the captain’s armband as the England girls settled into their stride early on, creating pressure down both flanks with Leoni Telford and Delphi Cole looking dangerous down the right hand side and Lucy Cooper testing the full back down the left hand side.

Although clear chances were few early on, it was Cole who saw her strike from just inside the box gathered by the home keeper, but shortly after, Megan Sofield stepped up to convert a penalty awarded after a foul just inside the area.

ISFA drew level shortly before the interval but early in the 2nd half Poppy Pritchard was quickest to a through ball in the box and slotted home into the empty net, leaving the defender and keeper stranded.

The home side drew level later in the half and that was the end of the scoring for the afternoon in what was a very competitive outing for both teams.

The girls will now prepare for their trip to Eindhoven for their half term training camp, a key part of the preparation for April’s Bob Docherty Cup tournament in Wales.

Thanks to ISFA and Charterhouse School for hosting the fixture and to all parents for their support on the day.

Thank you to 353 Photography for capturing the game, more images available over on their website

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England U15 Schoolgirls’- Final trial this weekend

The ESFA will end their search for this season’s most talented Schools’ Footballers to represent their country in the 2019-2020 Schools’ Football season this weekend at Stafford Town F.C.

Trials for the ESFA U15 England Schoolgirls’ squad will conclude this weekend when representative squads for south and the north of England come together at Stafford Town F.C. for one final chance to impress the selectors and earn their place in the 2019-2020 England squad. 

Participating girls, who were first nominated for trials by their own counties, were first whittled down to four regional squads in the first stage of trials. These 4 regional squads became two representative squads after the second round of trials who will now play against each other in their last remaining chance to show why they should be selected for international honours.  

The 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 strict nomination process. The final selected squad will go on to compete in some friendly matches in the new year, including a game against the ISFA U15 girls . They will then be involved in some preparatory training before their competitive fixtures at the end of the season in the Bob Docherty Cup.

Click here to view this season’s South and North squads, ahead of Sunday’s final trials.  

Since 1904 English Schools’ Football Association has been the governing body for schools’ football in England. The ESFA are proud of their remit as an educational organisation, and have deeply rooted values and beliefs in the importance of schools’ football for children in England. The Association is proud to be able to run an international programme for girls and hopes to grow the provision available to these players over coming years. 

Good luck to all the girls who are attending.