English Schools’ Football Association
English Schools’ International Season Kicks Off for 2017-18
- England will be looking to claim their Centenary Shield in three years
- First home match to take place at Luton Town FC on Friday 16 March
- Second home match to take place at York City FC on Friday 23 March
Following the hugely successful 2015/16 and 2016/17 Schools’ Football seasons’, the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) are ready to kick off the new season once again with their U18 Schoolboys. The England Schoolboys play their opening two fixtures of the season at home this campaign, welcoming the Republic of Ireland to Luton Town FC on Friday 16th March, before they take on Scotland a week later on Friday 23rd March at York City FC.
These opening fixtures could prove to be vitally important in the Centenary Shield competition, with last season’s competition having been decided by result of the final fixture. What we know for sure is that the atmosphere will be fantastic as the England Schoolboys will do their best to represent their Country on the pitch, following in the footsteps of former ESFA players like Manchester United and England’s Chris Smalling.
The ESFA has a rich history of developing players and supporting talented schoolboys’ on their way into the professional game, this was shown again last season as Aidan Stone signed for Burnley FC and Frank Arhin has featured in Swedish side Ostersunds FK Europa League squad following their success at Schoolboy level.
We are hoping to gather as much support as possible for this year’s squad and hope our England squad can gather the crowds – to support your Country, come along to Bootham Crescent , York City FC on Friday 23rd March 2018 (7.00PM Kick Off). For further information about the game or to book tickets please contact York City on 01904 624447. Tickets are priced at £7 Adults and £3 Concessions and available to purchase in advance or on the night of the match.
There will also be group ticket offers available for larger families, youth clubs or junior teams wanting to attend and cheer on the three lions (£25 for 10 children including 2 free adult tickets). If you would prefer hospitality or a VIP package then please get in touch as these are available, but selling fast.
These International squads are made up, simply, of the best Schools’ Football players in England. Players must already represent their County and be nominated by their local County Schools’ FA based on their skills and talent. All players then face the trials process in order to make it through to the England squad. It is an honour for these pupils to represent their Country at this level and furthermore, a privilege for the ESFA to reward, for choosing to remain in mainstream education whilst playing football as opposed to opting to join an academy. The ESFA’s values are firmly rooted in an educational approach to football and this is a great way to celebrate those players that have made the decision to ensure they have a solid foundation of qualifications to support them, wherever their football career may take them.
England U18 Schoolboys Fixture Dates 2018
|England v ROI||Fri 16th March
Luton Town FC
|England v Scotland||Fri 23rd March
York City FC
|Wales v England||Thurs 29th March
Cardiff Met University
|NI v England||Fri 6th April
About the English Schools’ FA
Since 1904, the English Schools’ FA has been the National Governing Body for Schools’ Football in England, running all national football competitions for schools and districts across the country. National Cup competitions culminate in the staging of National Finals held at various prestigious football stadiums and training grounds from March to June. Previous venues have included Madejski Stadium, Goodison Park and Stoke City’s 365 Stadium.
Working with sponsors such as PlayStation, the Premier League and Danone, the ESFA are able to provide many different opportunities for children at all ages to participate in football in England.
PR & Comms Executive
English Schools’ FA
Look out for more information regarding how York Schoolboys will be taking part in this event.