For the 2021/22 season ISFA has launched new regional girls leagues to run alongside its national cup competitions.
Over recent years girls football has continued to grow in the independent sector and ISFA has been looking at ways to support this growth, and help it make the next step. One of the challenges girls football has faced has been a lack of fixture opportunities (lots of schools offering internal football but not playing fixtures). It has long been an ambition of ISFA to see more regular fixtures amongst schools for girls football (away from ISFA national comps) and to work towards ‘block fixtures’ that in some way mirror the huge amount of boys football played in the sector.
It is hoped the new regional leagues will support schools to play regular fixtures against each other on an annual basis and as new schools come on board there is a structure already in place for them to feed into. Each league will be tailored to each region and flexibility on playing formats etc will be provided wherever possible. Further details will be confirmed once entries are compete and each regional league is confirmed.
Regional girls leagues will be run in the following regions:
- South East & London (fixtures played between February Half term and June) - U13 (7v7), U15 (11v11), U18 (11v11) (please note we expect this region to have multiple regional leagues set up within it rather than one big league)
- Midlands (fixtures played between January and May Half Term) - U11 (7v7), U13 (7v7), U18 (11v11)
- North West (fixtures played between January and June) - U13 (9v9 or 11v11), U15 (11v11)
- South Central (fixtures played between January and May Half term) (please note this region covers the area north of the M25 e.g Essex, Berks, Bucks, Oxon, Hertfordshire etc) - U13 (7v7), U15 (7v7), U18 (11v11)
For the 21/22 season entry will be free of charge for all ISFA member schools. By entering schools are making a commitment to participating in all fixtures and schools should only enter if they are committed to playing girls football fixtures during the timescales above.
To enter your school in a regional girls league(s) please complete the entry form below. Deadline for entries is Friday 3rd December 2021.