With the end of the ISFA U15 season, focus now moves to the U16s for the 2019/20 season. The U16 season kicks off at the end of July with a training camp at Oakham (invites have already been sent out). Space is limited so we were unfortunately not able to invite everyone. However, everyone involved from the U15 season is very much viewed as part of the "U16 squad" and all players will be considered for future fixtures and camps this season.
Fixtures are currently being arranged as follows:
Sunday 10th November 2019
ISFA U16 Boys vs. Kent Schools
City of London School playing fields (11:00)
11th - 12th December 2019
St. George's Park Camp
Sunday 12th January 2020
ISFA U16 Boys vs. Australia Schools
Shrewsbury School (14:00)
All details of opponents and timings will be updated on this page and in the ISFA diary when they are confirmed (https://www.isfa.org.uk/isfa-diary/monthcalendar/)
In the meantime, if you do have any questions or would like to chat anything through, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Adam Lowe.
MATCH REPORTS 2018-19
Sunday 10th March
ISFA U16 3 MILLWALL 0
(City of London School)
On possibly the windiest day of the year, ISFA U16 took on Millwall at the superb City of London School playing fields in their final game of the season. It was ISFA who settled the quickest and took the lead after an Alfie Baldock (Ardingly) cross was tucked home by Charlie Dixon (Oswestry). It was soon two after Dixon beat his man in the penalty area and was brought down. Dusting himself off, he calmly tucked the penalty home. ISFA continued to control the game and Dixon soon rounded up his hat-trick after a superb finish from outside of the box. The second half was a lot more scrappy as Millwall pressed and ISFA played on the counter. Both sides had chances but the score remained 3-0 to ISFA. This was a very enjoyable game, played in a good spirit and a huge thank you to Millwall for the fixture. A very successful season for this year's U16s has come to an end and thank you to all the parents and players for your supports and efforts this year. We look forward to seeing you at the U17 trials in September.
Tuesday 19th February
ISFA U16 1 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 1
(The American Express Elite Performance Centre)
On a lovely day at Brighton's impressive AMEX Elite Football Performance Centre, it was Brighton that started the quickest and looked very lively in the first 10 minutes. ISFA gradually grew in to the half before working a couple of good one v one opportunities through Braiden Hall (St. John's Leatherhead) and Charlie Dixon (Oswestry). However, it was a tight first half and the teams went in level at the break. The second half was a more open affair as Brighton again came out quickly but, this time, were rewarded after the right winger cut inside before advancing and smashing the ball home. However, ISFA regrouped and gradually settled in to their shape and became more of a threat. Creating several good opportunities in behind the Brighton defence, it was from the penalty spot that ISFA equalised. Jarryd Richardson (Ardingly) showed great work in the middle to beat his man and send a lovely through ball to his fellow Ardingly student Alfie Baldock. Baldock rounded the 'keeper but was brought down and Joe Mcloughlin (Oldham Hulme) calmly slotted the penalty home. This was a very enjoyable and competitive game and a huge thank you to Brighton for hosting us down at their superb Academy.
Sunday 13th January
ISFA U16 5 AUSTRALIA SCHOOLS 1
In windy and cold conditions, ISFA U16 took on Australia at Clifton College. In a first half where ISFA controlled possession but Australia looked very threatening on the counter, it was the England side that took the lead from the penalty spot as Braiden Hall (St. John's Leatherhead) calmly stroked the ball home. Australia then equalised after a long ball from their 'keeper allowed the Australian striker to head the ball home. Sam Long (Royal Russell) pulled off a superb double save before the England Captain, Drew Baker (Manchester Grammar School), headed home for a 2-1 half time lead.
Although playing against the wind in the second half, Australia came out all guns firing and on the front foot. However, ISFA then settled and again looked to control the possession and tempo. Briaden Hall scored again from the spot after being brought down in the area, Cian Spencer-McDermott (Bolton) made it 4 after he turned and finished superbly from outside of the area before Charlie Dixon (Oswestry) made it 5, again from the penalty spot.
This was a very competitive and enjoyable game as the U16s built impressively on their work at their winter training camp at St. George's Park in December.
Wednesdsay 14th December
ISFA U16 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
(St. George's Park)
In cold conditions but on a superb pitch at the National Football Centre, ISFA U16s impressed against Sheffield United in their first game. Although retaining possession well, it was Sheffield United who went in 1-0 when seizing on a loose pass. In the 2nd half, it was ISFA who controlled the game and had the chances to draw level and take the lead. Composed in possession and aggressive, it really was an impressive first performance together and bodes well for the season ahead.
Photographs from this match are available from RWT Photography