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ESFA International Programme 2020

Following discussions between the English Schools’ FA, other International Associations and SAFIB, it is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel the remainder of the ESFA’s International Programme for U18 Boys and U15 Girls in light of the present worldwide Coronavirus situation.

Both squads have enjoyed a fantastic 2020 season, with positive results in both friendly and competitive matches and with both teams undertaking some highly productive training in Eindhoven last month. As an Association, we have been greatly anticipating the Boys’ matches in the Centenary Shield, particularly the two home fixtures which were due to take place at Spennymoor and North Ferriby as well as the Girls’ Bob Docherty tournament, which was scheduled for Lilleshall National Sports Centre in April.

The ESFA is hopeful that there may be an opportunity later in the year where there may be a possibility to host an event with all of this season’s England players, to celebrate their achievements and the Association will be sure to share this information as and when the possibility arises.

In the meantime, the ESFA would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic players, their families, ESFA Management teams, venues, support staff and everyone else who has played a significant part in creating the success of both the England U15 Schoolgirls and England U18 Schoolboys squads this season.

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England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Dublin for the John Read Trophy

The England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Dublin this weekend for a game against their Republic of Ireland Counterparts in the John Read Trophy. This is the girls’ last friendly before their competitive fixtures at the end of the international season in the Bob Docherty Trophy, which is scheduled to take place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre from 15 – 17 April.

The final friendly is to be played on Saturday 7th March at the FAI HQ, Abbotstown and is scheduled to kick off at 1pm.

The girls have recently returned from a 5-day training camp in Eindhoven, Holland where they played two friendly matches and developed important team chemistry that they help to take forward for the rest of the season. Click here to view highlights of their friendly game vs F.C Utrecht.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said “On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I would like to wish both teams participating in the John Read Trophy this weekend, the very best of luck. It can be difficult for us to secure fixtures at the Girls’ U15 level to create a more robust programme of International activity for the squad and this match provides a much needed opportunity for the girls. I hope that the team bonding that took place during their training camp in Eindhoven over half term shows even further improvement in the girls’ game in Abbotstown”.

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.