ISFA are once again running a girls U15 Regional Representative Programme to complement the existing Girls National Representative Programme. The programme will consist of ‘Talent ID Days’ in the South and North & Midlands taking place in March & May, and new for 2020 the programme will end with a three day regional representative camp taking place in August (Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd) at Ardingly College (consisting of both regional representative fixtures and external fixtures). The summer camp will be used to select next seasons ISFA Girls U16 National Squad, with the Girls U15 Regional Programme being the start of the ISFA Girls Representative Programme, and the first opportunity for girls to get involved in the programme.
The programme is open to any girls in Y9 & Y10 attending an ISFA member school (girls not attending an ISFA member school can take part in the programme following the school becoming a member of ISFA). Any girl wishing to take part in the programme is invited to attend the ‘Talent ID Day’ in their region.
Players can be nominated by their school, teacher, or parent. To nominate someone simply complete the nomination form and return to Ian Bent (details on the nomination form).
The day will consist of training sessions run by ISFA coaches and small sided games, with the best players being selected to represent the region at the representative camp, and the following seasons Girls U16 National Representative team, which includes camps at Cambridge and St Georges Park plus international fixtures.
SOUTH region – Essex, Herts, Bucks, Oxfordshire, Gloucs, and below.
NORTH & MIDLANDS region – Suffolk, Cambs, Beds, Northants, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and above.
|South Talent ID Day||North & Midlands Talent ID Day|
|Sunday 29th March||Sunday 17th May|
|11am-2pm||11am - 2pm|
|Ardingly College||Stockport Grammar School|
|College Rd, Haywards Heath||Buxton Rd, Stockport|
|RH17 6SQ||SK2 7AF|
Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre was host to the 2019 ISFA Girls U15 Regional Representative Festival as 40 girls from across the country participated in an afternoon of 11v11 matches. The Reds and Blues got the day off to a competitive start as they played out a 0-0 draw, with some excellent goalkeeping and defending on display, to ensure both teams opened with a clean sheet. In the second game the Whites produced some excellent football and were rewarded with a 1-0 win against the Reds, before following this up with a 2-0 victory over the Blues with some excellent finishing on display.
In the second round of fixtures the Blues came from one goal down to defeat the Reds 2-1 in an end to end game with both teams going for goals. The Reds quickly got over the disappointment of their narrow defeat by producing their best performance of the day to defeat the Whites 2-1 and, in doing so, set up a winner takes all final match between the Whites and Blues. Despite producing some fine attacking football the Blues could not break down the resilient White defence and a 0-0 draw was enough for the White team, made up predominantly of players from the North and Midlands, to claim victory in the mini-league.
ISFA Football Development Manager Ian Bent was delighted with the success of this year's Festival. "It was great to see another excellent year of girls' representative football come to an end with an afternoon of girls football here today and I would like to thank everyone who has supported today's event. Not only was it great to see so many girls from across the country taking part but the quality of football throughout the day was superb and was further evidence of the continued growth, popularity and increasing talent of girls football within the independent schools sector.