Standard Membership of ISFA costs just £25 for a season and enables the member school to stay in touch with everything that is going on in independent schools football, to participate in tournaments, the representative and development programme and coaching courses.

Through ISFA, schools enjoy affiliation to the The Football Association and can stay in touch with the latest developments in schools and youth football.

Please see below for a full list of benefits, aimed at both senior and junior schools.

National Governing Body

  • Affiliation to ISFA provides affiliation to The Football Association.
  • Schools not affiliated to The FA, either through ISFA or through their local County FA or County Schools FA, are playing “unaffiliated football”, not recognised by the national governing body for the game in England. 
  • This could have legal implications in the event of an incident taking place in an “unaffiliated” match and would almost certainly invalidate the insurance policy of an FA referee taking charge of an unaffiliated match.

National Competitions (boys)

  • Boodles ISFA Cup
  • ISFA U16 Small Schools Shield
  • Investec ISFA U15 Cup
  • Investec ISFA U13 Cup
  • Complete Sports Solutions ISFA Sixes (subject to availability; initial priority for Full Members)
  • ISFA U11 Seven-a-Side Tournament (regional & national tournaments)

National Competitions (girls)

  • ISFA U18 Girls Cup
  • ISFA U18 Girls Sevens
  • ISFA U11 Girls Seven-a-Side Tournament (regional & national tournaments)
  • Regional U13 & U15 Competitions
  • National U18 & U16 Representative Teams
  • 5 Regional U18 Representative Teams

Representative Football

  • National U18, U16, U15 & U14 programmes
  • National U18, U16 Girls programmes
  • North and South U18 & U16 Boys Teams
  • Regional U13 Teams

Prep Schools

  • Participation in Junior Hub School programme

Coaching Courses

  • FA Teachers Award - courses in schools

Additional Benefits

  • FA Lidl Skills programme
  • Refereeing opportunities
  • Support with Football Development within your school


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