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England U15 Schoolgirls’ Pro:Direct trials-regional squads announced

The ESFA is delighted to announce the successful trialists from the initial stage of the England U15 Schoolgirls’ trial process. These girls will now progress to stage two, representing their region with the aim of reaching the final trial in December.

The ESFA hosted stage one of the U15 Schoolgirls’ Pro:Direct trials on Sunday 9 October, with events taking place in the North, Midlands, South East and South West of the country. From each trial, a squad of successful girls has been selected to go forward and represent their region in stage two of the trials process.

You can view the selected squad details below –

The successful girls from the weekend’s events will go forward to create the North, Midlands, South East and South West squads, with the North v South and South East v South West matches making up the second phase of the Pro:Direct Trials process.

Full details of the International Trials and a rundown of what to expect from the 2022/23 international season can be found here.

A huge congratulations to the players listed below for making their respective regional squads:


Players Name Players County 
Eva StanleyShropshire CSFA
Pixie Bradley Shropshire CSFA
Isabel Vincent Shropshire CSFA
Ebony FoleyLincolnshire CSFA 
Grace Smith Lincolnshire CSFA 
Libby Hudson Nottinghamshire CSFA
Kameal Ellis Staffordshire CSFA
Issabella GurlingDerbyshire CSFA
Chanelle Cole West Midlands CSFA
Isobel Roper West Midlands CSFA
Tilly AbrahamsWest Midlands CSFA
Eve LoverockWest Midlands CSFA
Ruby RobertsNorthamptonshire CSFA
Emily Walne Derbyshire CSFA
Romy Goodman – SaundersLeicestershire CSFA
Maisie DochertyShropshire CSFA CSFA


Players Name Players County 
Eva BewickeDurham CSFA
Grace CollinsonDurham CSFA
Tilly Parker Cleveland CSFA 
Annie Mitchell Cleveland CSFA 
Hollie Davidson Cleveland CSFA 
Macie – Mae Halsall Cleveland CSFA 
Milly Burdon Cleveland CSFA 
Cerys NeilCheshire CSFA
Skye Clough Northumberland CSFA
Freya Dyos Northumberland CSFA
Isla Hepburn Northumberland CSFA
Holly Chater Northumberland CSFA
Aoife Colbert MartinNorthumberland CSFA
Jessica AndersonLancashire CSFA 
Lois Cartmell Lancashire CSFA 
Ocean Flanagan Lancashire CSFA 
Ebony Wilkinson Lancashire CSFA 
Erin Walker West Yorkshire CSFA 
Amelie WaineMerseyside CSFA

South East

Players Name Players County 
Phoebe DuffinSuffolk CSFA 
Autumn WheatonSuffolk CSFA 
Macy ArnottKent CSFA
Paige HoveyKent CSFA
Daisy KiddKent CSFA
Phoebe CowleyKent CSFA
Amy LiddiardHertfordshire CSFA 
Abi Conway Hertfordshire CSFA 
Lacey Higgs Hertfordshire CSFA 
Francesca HamerCambridgeshire CSFA
Izzy PalmerCambridgeshire CSFA
Jenna WhinneyCambridgeshire CSFA
Bryony Brodie Cambridgeshire CSFA
Mylee Baker Buckinghamshire CSFA 
Chiemela UdeEssex CSFA 
Olivia GlassonEssex CSFA 
Amelia Marriott Cambridgeshire CSFA

South West

Players Name Players County 
Tia-Mae JoseCornwall SFA
Aimee WaltersCornwall SFA
Jessica GeachCornwall SFA
Molly StroudDevon CSFA
Roxylea ThomasDevon CSFA
Sophie PearseDevon CSFA
Isabelle Firth Devon CSFA
Ella StowellGloucestershire CSFA 
Macy WalbyGloucestershire CSFA 
Erin FreemanGloucestershire CSFA 
Erin WilliamsGloucestershire CSFA 
Chloe GiddingsGloucestershire CSFA 
Julia WhiteWiltshire CSFA 
Tyra WilsonWiltshire CSFA 
Olivia Grace SmithOxfordshire CSFA
Isla BettsDorset CSFA 
Safia BoltonBerkshire CSFA 

The ESFA would like to thank all the players that took part in this season’s initial trials and wish them the very best of luck with their next pursuits in their footballing careers.

Follow the ESFA’s social media channels (@schoolsfootball) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and www.schoolsfootball.org for regular updates on the 22/23 international programme.

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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.