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English Schools’ FA sees record number of Girls’ entries as England Women soar to EURO heights

Girls’ Football continues to grow in schools across England as the ESFA receive record entries for their 2022/23 National Schools’ Cup competitions

This record breaking announcement coincides with the Lionesses’ continued success in the Women’s Euros 2022, where a trio of former England U15 Schoolgirls’ players are thriving on the international stage.

The ESFA has seen the number of girls’ competition entries across the U12 – U18 age groups grow steadily since the introduction of girls’ competitions in 1995. This season, the number has reached its highest level yet with 1,863 teams – up by 160 teams last season, meaning around 28,446 schoolgirls will experience competitive levels of schools’ football in the 2022/23 season.

As advocates for the girls’ game, the ESFA provide a plethora of competitions and opportunities for pupils to get involved in, from their U11 Girls’ Primary Competitions, to their U18 Women’s Super League. The ESFA focused on Girls’ Football for Schools’ Football Week (SFW) in February 2022, which provided an opportunity for over 57,000 schoolgirls to experience some level of schools’ football activity during the campaign.

Thanks to the representative football structure in place across ESFA County and District Schools’ FA’s, the National Governing Body for Schools’ Football also runs an U15 England Schoolgirls’ squad each season. It is fantastic to see former England Schoolgirls, Georgia Stanway, Alessia Russo and Hannah Hampton, taking centre stage as part of the Lionesses’ squad in this year’s Women’s EUROs.

Stuart Botham, ESFA Chair 22/23 said, “The ESFA is delighted to have reached a new record-breaking number of girls’ National Cup entries for the 22/23 season, it is fantastic to see the enthusiasm for girls’ football continue to grow, season after season. The ESFA is very proud of its International Programme for both the U15 Girls’ and U18 Boys’ teams – and I hope that trialists for this season’s Schoolgirls’ squad are inspired by former players, Georgia, Alessia and Hannah, taking the women’s game by storm and heading to Wembley this Sunday.

The ESFA prides itself in striving to create an inclusive environment for all children to have an opportunity to participate in football activity, competitively or otherwise. We hope that this year’s entrants will be inspired by the Lionesses’ success and the ESFA’s opportunities and that they will achieve their goals, strive for improvement and, most importantly, build strong and lasting friendships and relationships through their love of the sport.”

2022 is already proving to be an inspirational year for Women’s football and the Lionesses’ progress to the finals will create yet another platform to engage with young schools’ football players. The Association wishes all the very best to the England Women’s squad for their Final fixture on Sunday.

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England U15 Schoolgirls Pro:Direct Trials

Stage 2 of England U15 Schoolgirls Trials sponsored by Pro: Direct kick off this weekend!

Following a successful first stage of England U15 Schoolgirls trials back in October, the ESFA is delighted to be hosting the next stage of the process this weekend. The four regional squads ( see the squads below) that were selected from the first stage of the process will be pitched against each other, with everyone hoping to progress to the final round of trials. The North and Midlands regional squads will meet at Lilleshall National Sports Centre whilst the South East and South West squads will travel to Rectory Park in Middlesex on Sunday 14th November. The girls involved will be battling it out for a place at the final trial in December where if successful they will have the opportunity to wear the prestigious three lions shirt for the 2021/22 international season!

Full details of the ESFA international programme can be viewed here

The ESFA would like to wish all of the following players good luck and congratulate each player for making it to this stage in the process.

South West Squad

Number Name County
1Cherry PreisnerBerkshire
2Ella StowellGloucestershire
3Cecily Wellesley-SmithOxfordshire
4Abby KayOxfordshire
5Emily CadellGloucestershire
6Martha CampbellGloucestershire
7Erin WilliamsGloucestershire
8Mia EndacottDevon
9Taya PomfretDevon
10Olivia MagrathBerkshire
11Safia BoltonBerkshire
12Emilia NewtonDorset
13Sophie LerigoDorset
14Aimee ClarkeDorset
15Millie HodgeWiltshire
16Holly RandallHampshire
17Darcey MaxtedHampshire

South East Squad

NumberNameCounty
1Brook MappBedfordshire
2Jessica PegramKent
3Isobel YoungKent
4Grace McEwenEssex
5Millie RaynerKent
6Mia ObengMiddlesex
7Eda PozderHertfordshire
8Olivia GlassonEssex
9Kayla NohasiarisoaMiddlesex
10Saoirse HouriganMiddlesex
11Brianna John-EtikoMiddlesex
12Amy LiddiardHertfordshire
13Lacey HiggsHertfordshire
14Tilly PhilpotEssex
15Ruby GaitelyKent
16Sophie ByromBuckinghamshire
17Kaci-Jai BonwickSuffolk

Midlands Squad

Number Name
County
1Abbey BeresfordWest Midlands
2Amelia HiscoxWest Midlands
3Harriet BrooksWest Midlands
4Sophia McGrath West Midlands
5Sophie Woodward West Midlands
6Simone SherwoodNorthamptonshire
7Poppy Beverly Northamptonshire
8Faith IyawaNorthamptonshire
9Imogen Hollway Northamptonshire
10Molly Loughton Humberside 
11Martha Gibson-Graham Humberside 
12Maisie Docherty Shropshire
13Felicity Townsend Shropshire
14Olivia Houlsten Shropshire
15Eva Stanley Shropshire
16Kiera Mills Shropshire
17Summer BaxendaleLeicestershire
18Charlie TarbertLeicestershire
19Erin MoretonStaffordshire 
20Amalie EdwardsLincolnshire
21Ebony FoleyLincolnshire

North Squad

NumberNameCounty
1Ashleigh Ridsdel-HarrisonSouth Yorkshire
2Freya Grace DyosNorthumberland
3Beth Mason Lancashire
4Cara Fisher Northumberland
5Holly Tickle Lancashire
6Amelia Freeman Durham
7Gabriella Place Cleveland
8Katie Yates South Yorkshire
9Jessica Anderson Lancashire
10Emily CassapDurham
11Niamh BoothroydNorthumberland
12Ella Baker Cleveland
13Rose McCarthy Cleveland
14Reese HopkinsonWest Yorkshire 
15Freya Williams – Rowe Cheshire
16Evie Sadler Cheshire
17Gracie Slater Lancashire