Regulations relating to age brackets, gender of players and substitutions.

Children Under 6 years old 
A child who has not attained nor will have attained the age of 6 as at midnight on 31st August in a playing season shall not play, and shall not be permitted nor encouraged to play, in a match of any kind in that playing season.

Age Brackets 

A child in the age ranges U12, U13, U14 and U15 must not play, and shall not be permitted nor encouraged to play, in a match where any other player is older or younger by 2 years or more than that person. 

To play in an U18 age bracket competition the player must have achieved the age of 15 by midnight on 31 August of that playing season. 

To play in an open age competition (i.e. over 18) a player must have achieved the age of 16. 

Genders of players 

Girls may play in matches involving both boys and girls up to, and including, the U18 age group. 


The principle of “repeated” substitutes is mandatory in all schools matches. A player who has been substituted during a match then becomes a substitute and may, in turn, replace another player at any time, subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of the Game. 

ISFA schools who wish to seek advice on the application of the above regulations should e-mail the ISFA Football Development Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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SEASON 2017-18

Sun 26th Nov
ISFA North v. South
U18 & U16 matches
(Shrewsbury, 2.00)

11th-12th Dec
ISFA U15 & U14
Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

12th-13th Dec
ISFA Girls U18 & U16
Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

13th-14th Dec
ISFA U18 & U16
Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

Sun 4th Feb
ISFA U18 v. Welsh Schools
(The New Saints FC, 2.00)

Mon 12th Feb
Scottish Schools v.
English Independent Schools
(Toryglen Centre, Glasgow, 4.00)

Mon 5th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)

Thurs.15th Mar
Investec ISFA U13 Cup Final
(Burton Albion FC, 1.15)

Thurs 15th Mar
Investec ISFA U15 Cup Final
(Burton Albion FC, 6.00)

7th-9th Apr
ISFA U13 Regional
Representative Festival
(Shrewsbury School)

Tues 24th Apr
Seven-a-Side Tournament
National Finals
(St. George’s Park, 11.00)