ESFA Internationals

England U18 Schoolboy trials: South East v South West

England U18 Boys’ South East v South West trial takes place this Sunday 17 November

The ESFA continue their search for this season’s most talented Schools’ Footballers, with a view to presenting them with the opportunity to earn honours caps by representing their country in the 2019-2020 Schools’ Football season.  

With the regional trials having concluded on the 3 November, the best players from the South East and South West have been formed into regional squads who will face each other this Sunday (17th) at Middlesex FA’s, Rectory Park with a 1:45pm KO. ESFA selectors will then choose the strongest possible squad from this game to represent the South of England in the final trial on Sunday 1st December.  

These trials will present an opportunity for nominated players to impress selectors before heading to the next stage of the process. Simply by being nominated to take part in regional trials, players have already achieved the honour of being recognised by their county, having been put forward for the opportunity to play internationally by proving their capability of playing both individually and as part of a team.  

The international squads are made up of the best players in Schools’ Football in England. Players are chosen based upon their talent, after making their way through a strict trials process. Those who are successful in completing the entire trials process will go on to represent their country in 2020. Once selected, this season’s U18 England Schoolboys’ squad, following some friendly matches, will go on to play in the Centenary Shield against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Good luck to all those involved!

The World of Schools' Football

Girls’ Football: ESFA report record high in participation numbers

ESFA receives highest recorded number of girls’ team entries to National Cup Competitions

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) are delighted to learn this week that entries for girls’ teams into ESFA National Cup competitions are at an all-time high.

The ESFA have received a record number of entries into schools’ cup competitions, specifically designed for girls’ participation, for the 2019/2020 season. The ESFA has seen a steady increase in entries over the past few seasons, but this year have reached a record number of 1,670 girls’ squads entered into competitions, which equates to around 30,000 individual players.

The ESFA have run football tournaments and competitions for girls since 1996 and after supporting the growth of girls’ football for over 20 years, they still continue to provide some of the best grassroots opportunities for girls in England. Whether this is within one of the twelve National Schools’ Cup competitions (from U11 – U18), via representative football for a District or County Schools’ FA or through trialing for the ESFA U15 England Schoolgirls’ team, the opportunities available are plenty and successful, proven by the increased participation numbers.

ESFA Schools’ Cup competitions run from September – May each season and culminate with a number of National Finals at football stadia across the country between March and May, where a large number of girls’ teams will be welcomed to enjoy their match-day experience. The ESFA also work hard to appoint female match officials at National Final events to ensure equal opportunities are offered to participants of girls’ football across the board.

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce this statistic and wish all the girls taking part in ESFA activity this season, the very best of luck!