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England U15 Schoolgirls’- Official Squad Announcement

The ESFA have announced the 18 players chosen to represent the England U15 Schoolgirls’ for the 2021-2022 season following the final Pro:Direct Trial

The ESFA concluded their search for the best schools’ footballers that England has to offer yesterday (Sunday 12th December) with the final England U15 Schoolgirls’ Pro:Direct trial taking place at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The successful girls have progressed through a rigorous selection process from October until December to be finally selected to represent their country.

The players were first nominated by their county sides to attend regional trials that led to the construction of four regional squads, the North, Midlands, South East and South West. These squads then went head to head in step two of the trials process and formed the North and South squads that travelled to Lilleshall yesterday for the final stage of the process.

Making the final stage of the trials is a huge personal achievement for all the girls who attended and something they can be very proud of.

Mark Hignett, ESFA Chairman said “We are delighted to be able to name this year’s England U15 Schoolgirls’ Squad today. It’s a fantastic achievement for these players to have made it through what is a tough trials process, to be able to go on and represent their school, District, County and their Country for this year’s International Season. On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I would like to congratulate each and every selected girl on their achievement and also pass on my thanks to their parents for the commitment and support they have also shown. Finally, I would like to congratulate all the players that were selected to take part in this year’s trials process and wish them the very best for the rest of this season.”

A huge congratulations to the following girls:

Player Name Player County
Ashleigh Ridsdel-HarrisonSouth Yorkshire CSFA
Cara Fisher Northumberland CSFA
Holly Tickle Lancashire CSFA 
Amelia Freeman Durham CSFA 
Emily CassapDurham CSFA 
Niamh BoothroydNorthumberland CSFA
Ella Baker Cleveland CSFA
Isobel Young Kent CSFA
Grace McEwen Essex CSFA
Holly RandallHampshire 
Cecily Wellesley – Smith Oxfordshire CSFA 
Ruby Gaitely Kent CSFA
Emily CadellGloucestershire CSFA
Taya Pomfret Devon CSFA 
Ella StowellGloucestershire CSFA
Sophie ByromBuckinghamshire CSFA
Kaci – Jai Bonwick Suffolk CSFA 
Mia EndacottDevon CSFA 

This final squad will go on to compete in some friendly matches in the New Year, including a game against the Independent Schools’ FA. They will then be involved in some preparatory training before their competitive fixtures at the end of the season in the Bob Docherty Cup. 

The ESFA would like to once more congratulate all the players that were put forward for England Schoolgirls trials this season and wish those players that haven’t been selected the very best of luck with the rest of their season and footballing careers.

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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!