The following players have been selected for the final stage of the U18 ISFA National Trials to be held at Shrewsbury School on Sunday 26th November.  All players are asked to report to the Pavillion, Shrewsbury School, Ashton Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7BA for 12.45pm in school uniform ahead of a 2pm kick off.  All match kit will be provided.  A National Team will be selected after this game and players will be expected to be available to attend the first camp at St George’s Park on the 13th and 14th of December.

Please can all players confirm their availability for both the trial match and the camp if selected to Mr Jono Santry via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 17th November.   

Alleyn's Sam Arbuckle
Ardingly Calvin Kissi
Bede's Tommy Trenaman
Bede's Matt Pickering
Bolton Paul Foster
Bradfield Quinn McCallion
Bradfield Ed Cook
Bradfield Sam Haynes
Brooke House Gabor Szalai
Brooke House Ben King
City of London Jongwoo Han
Epsom Callum Holland
Hampton  Will Davis
Kings Worcester Cameron Mathewson 
Lancing Demi Abiru
Latymer Upper Nicolas Osborne 
Manchester Grammar Nass Kabbani
Millfield Cormac Pike
Oswestry Ben Clark
Queen Ethelburga's Daniel Dekanski
Queen Ethelburga's Ewan Gray
Queen Ethelburga's Matthew Coleman
Queen Ethelburga's Seth Hartley
Repton Artem Aliev
Repton Otis Williams
Repton Merlin Ferrinho
Royal Russell Rylan John
Royal Russell Lochlan Greenwood
Royal Russell Omar Belazregue
Royal Russell Josh Newbury-Teeluck
Royal Russell Adam Aziz
Shrewsbury Josiah Chilaka
Shrewsbury Jamie Whelan
Westminster Archie Harker


Wednesday 13th December 
English Independent Schools v. Welsh Colleges 
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Thursday 14th December
ISFA U18 v. English Colleges
(St. George's Park, 2.00)

Saturday 20th January
ISFA U18 v. English Schools FA
(Lilleshall, 11.30)

Sunday 4th February
Welsh Colleges v. English Independent Schools
(The New Saints FC, Oswestry, 2.00)

Monday 12th February
Scottish Schools v. English Independent Schools
Toryglen Centre, Glasgow, 4.00)

European Tour TBC
Easter Holidays

More fixtures will be added in due course


Thursday 6th April

ISFA endured a very physical 90 minute battle against FC Viktoria. Matt O'Donoghue put ISFA ahead with a finish into the roof of the net from close range after Harrison Ardron played the ball across the goal to finish off a great piece of build up play. ISFA continued to dominate the first half having a goal disallowed for a controversial offside decision.

The second half was slightly more even with ISFA having the better chances. There were a couple of heated encounters but the ISFA boys managed to hold on to the 1-0 lead and finish the tour with a superb team performance and thoroughly deserved win.

A big well done and thank you to all the ISFA U18s who will be leaving the system this year. Good luck to you all in the future and we hope you continue to play football at such a great level.

Wednesday 5th April

A poor first half performance from ISFA allowed Union Berlin to dominate from the start. ISFA struggled to maintain possession whilst Union demonstrated an outstanding tempo of play. Their domination meant that ISFA found themselves with a mountain to climb and 3-0 down at half time.

The second half was a much more even affair as ISFA settled in possession and started to ask questions of the opposition defence. Oscar Haynes-Brown pulled a much deserved goal back before Union added a fourth. ISFA continued to press and Matt O'Donoghue made it 4-2. The Union keeper was to be asked on numerous times and a Haynes-Brown shot was especially well kept out. As ISFA gave all they could, their opposition punished them at the other end to finish the game off.

Tuesday 4th April

Despite the scoreline ISFA started the tour with a display where they can take away immense credit for matching an academy team that was an age group older and ranked number two in Germany.

The first half was an excellent game to watch and after a fast start by Hertha the ISFA team began pressing and unsettling their German opponents, winning the ball higher and creating chances. ISFA took a deserved lead through a slick move releasing Oscar Haynes-Brown who slotted the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper. Midway through the first half ISFA's advantage was wiped out when they conceded from a well delivered corner which was headed in by an unchallenged Hertha player which was a disappointing way to concede. The half ended with both sides probing and ISFA looking dangerous in the counter attack.

Over the half time break the Hertha team was strengthened by the introduction of a German Under 19 International winger who proved to be the difference between the teams with two goals in as many minutes. This did not do ISFA justice who had a goal ruled out for offside to lead 2-1 and then were denied a penalty kick after Matt O'Donaghue had rounded the goalkeeper with the scores still at 1-1. The game remained competitive right up until the final whistle and ISFA can be proud of their start to the tour. Another tough game awaits on Wednesday against Union Berlin but on paper the hardest game of the tour is out the way.


Sunday 5th March
Sheffield United Training Ground

The ISFA team started off out the traps and looked to dominate much of the early possession. Some fantastic work down the left hand side resulted in Rhys Norrington-Davis getting the better of his man and putting in a few crosses but the forwards were unable to convert into goals. The ISFA team's hard work to try and get the first goal was undone by miscommunication at the back and a poor back pass resulted in the Sheffield United forward calmly rounding the keeper and stroking the ball into the back of the ISFA goal.

ISFA still looked to dominate most of the half and Will Norcross grew into the game with some great link up play and a few shots from distance. The chances grew in quick succession with Norrington-Davies putting in another cross to Oscar Hayes-Brown heading from close range but was a comfortable save for the keeper. ISFA managed to capitalise on this pressure when Will Norcross managed to weave his way through the Sheffield defence and square the ball to Haynes-Brown who finished superbly into the top right hand corner. 1-1 at half time.

Sensing that ISFA could get more out the second half, a changed shape was introduced but they were unable to better their performance from the first half. A pretty even start to the second half, with a lack of chances on both goals, made for an even contest. Unfortunately ISFA fell behind again from a bad pass at the back, resulting on Quinn McCallion saving superbly from a 1v1 but the ball was unable to be cleared and quick thinking from the Sheffield United players enabled the on rushing midfield to finish from close range. ISFA managed to create a few more chances before the end of the half, Harry Fuller coming the closest with his shot crashing off the crossbar late in the second half.

It wasn't meant to be ISFA's day in the end and Sheffield United managed to hold out in the pouring rain with final result being 2-1 to the home side.  Next for ISFA is the tour to Berlin in April, where the team will face some great sides from the Bundesliga.


Sunday 19th February
Bury FC Training Ground, Carrington

It has been many years since ISFA faced the full England schools side.  This fixture represented the growth in independent Schools football and was a true demonstration of school football in the country.

ISFA started strongly and had the early chances. Harrison Ardron was the first clear one, but he was unlucky to find the inside of the post. A battering run from man of the match Rhys Norrington-Davies followed by an excellent cut back created the first goal from Will Norcross. Chances followed again for Norcross and Oscar Haynes-Brown. These were ruthlessly punished as ESFA hit on the counter on two occasions. Half time was a flattering 2-1 to the opposition.

The second half was a different affair as ESFA took control of the game. Many chances went their way but it was the ISFA defence's turn to hold strong. As the game entered the latter stages, ISFA rallied and started to threaten for an equaliser. The best chance fell to Josiah Chilaka but his shot went agonisingly just past the outside of the post. The game finished 2-1 and both teams put on an excellent display of football. Best of luck goes to ESFA who now compete to retain the Centenary Shield.

ISFA U18s next match will now be against Sheffield United FC on Sunday 5th March, kick-off 2.00pm.


Sunday 5th February
The New Saints FC

ISFA paid a heavy price for missed chances against the Welsh.  Having had much the better of the first half, the ISFA boys had only an Oscar Haynes-Brown penalty just before half-time to show for their efforts at the break.  A sloppy start to the second half and a defensive mix-up meant that Wales were soon level but ISFA gradually reasserted their hold on the game and Haynes-Brown restored the lead with a smart finish.  ISFA then had the chances to make the game safe but, with seconds remaining, ISFA conceded a penalty and Wales scored the equalising goal with the last kick of the match.


Sunday 15th January
Clifton College Sports Centre

The final score does not quite reflect the very competitive and even affair for most of the match that took place on a truly outstanding surface at Clifton College.

ISFA flew out of the blocks and should have scored in the first minute. Australia grew into the game and both teams had their share of chance. Just short of the break Australia scored from a poorly cleared corner.

ISFA rallied in the second half and deserved the impressive equaliser from Oscar Haynes-Brown. Two clear-cut chances followed that were not taken. ISFA were to rue these chances though as Australia punished mistakes and were deadly on the counter. As the game opened up, Australia were able to create more opportunities, goals and a deserved win.

Further photos from this match are available from


ISFA U18 2 - 2 English Colleges
St George's Park

It was clear from the outset that English Colleges were going to be a real challenge.  Two games in the space of eighteen hours meant that it would be both a physical and mental test for the ISFA team.  Both teams exchanged blows early on and the keepers were the only reason that the score was 0-0 at half time.  English Colleges pushed hard in the second half and took control.  They deserved their first and their second came from a mix-up in defense.  ISFA looked like they had been defeated but somehow rallied with ten minutes to go.  Captain George O’Malley scored to make it a frantic finish.  The goal spurred ISFA on further and Matt O’Donoghue was on hand for the equaliser.  Neither team could find the winner despite chances in the final minutes.  Real character and mental strength on show from the team.

ISFA U18 2 – 1 Welsh Colleges
St George’s Park

The U18s found themselves in an evenly matched game with both ISFA and Welsh Colleges playing some high-quality football. ISFA looked to break the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty in the first half won and taken by Oscar Haynes-Brown. However, an excellent save from the goalkeeper kept the game level. ISFA opened the scoring in the latter stages of the first half from a well taken corner headed home by Cormac Pike. ISFA started bright in the second half, however, a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing prevented the score line increasing. In the latter stages, Merlin Ferrinho headed home a Will Norcoss cross delivered after a fluent move down the left wing. It was a nervy finish after a late Welsh Colleges goal, however, this was not enough to deny ISFA a well-earned victory to start their National representative season. 

RWT Photography ( or 01733 204445) attended this match.  A selection of photographs can be found on their website.


Quinn McCallion (Bradfield)
Oran Swales (Aldenham)
Oscar Haynes-Brown (Ardingly)
James Kay (Bolton)
Joshua Tarrant (Bradfield)
Harry Fuller (Hampton)
Jamie Autorino (Harrodian)
Goerge O'Malley (Harrow)
Harrison Ardron (Millfield)
Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury)
Fred Francis (Millfield)
Marcus Price (Millfield)
Matt McGlinchey (Millfield)
Cormac Pike (Millfield)
Will Norcross (Repton)
Rhys Norrington-Davies (Royal Russell)
Matt O'Donoghue (Royal Russell)
Matt Weller (Royal Russell)


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Sun 12th Nov
ISFA South U16 v. Somerset
(City of London, 1.00)

Sun 26th Nov
Final Trial for ISFA Full Team
U18 & U16 matches
(Shrewsbury, 2.00)

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

Mon 11th Dec
ISFA U15 v. Burton Albion U16
ISFA U14A v. Burton Albion U15
ISFA U14B v. Burton Albion U14
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Tues 12th Dec
ISFA U15 v. Man City
ISFA U14A v. Chesterfield
ISFA U14B v. Man City
(St. George's Park, 2.00)

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

Wed 13th Dec
ISFA U16 v. Burton Albion
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Wed 13th Dec
Eng ISFA v Welsh Colleges
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Thurs 14th Dec
ISFA U16 v. Chesterfield
(St. George's Park, 2.00)

Thurs 14th Dec
ISFA U18 v. English Colleges
(St. George's Park, 2.00)

Sat 20th Jan 
(Lilleshall, 11:30)

Sun 21st Jan
ISFA U16 vs. Everton
(Finch Farm, 12.00)

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

Sun 11th Feb
ISFA U16 vs. Oldham
(Chapel Road Training Ground, 12.00)

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

Sun 11th March
ISFA U16 v. Millwall FC
(City of London School, 11.00)

Tues. 13th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)

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

3rd – 5th April 
ISFA U14/15 Tour