The following fixtures have been announced for the Manchester United Tournament at the Aon Training Centre at Carrington on Saturday 10th May.  Please note that this event will be played behind closed doors with no spectators permitted.

11.00 am
Manchester United v. ISFA
Aston Villa v. Liverpool

12.15 pm
Manchester United v. Aston Villa
ISFA v. Liverpool

2.15 pm
Manchester United v. Liverpool
ISFA v. Aston Villa

The following Squad has been selected to represent ISFA:

Aaron Babai  Brentwood
Aiden Lee Beardmore Chilton Cantelo
Jack Bull Repton    
Oscar Haynes Brown Ardingly    
Will  Huffer  St Peters York
Ryan Leonard St Bedes    
Oscar McConnell Ardingly    
Cam McEwan Manchester GS    
Jake Moss Forest    
Matthew Penfold Ardingly    
Sam Rattle  Ardingly    
Matt Smith Manchester GS    
Luke Spear Langley    
Charlie Tait-Harris Shrewsbury
Sam Telling Forest    
Imad Ul-Haque Yarm School
Teddy West Ardingly    

The Squad will stay overnight on Friday 9th May at the the Mercure Bowdon Hotel in Bowdon.  Boys are asked to arrive at the hotel at 3.00 pm on Friday 9th  May and will need to collected from the hotel on Saturday 10th May at 4pm.  For directions to the Mercure Bowdon Hotel, please click here.

This tournament is a four-team preparatory event for the Manchester United U15 squad and will also involve teams from Aston Villa and Liverpool.  This event will be played “behind closed doors” with no spectators permitted.  Please note that it is a condition of ISFA's involvement in this event that this condition is accepted and parents are pleased asked to respect this.

Players are asked to confirm their availability no later than 29th April.



ISFA started strongly with some excellent quick combination play around the box before a lovely chipped finish from Cameron McEwan. ISFA continued to press and control the game in the 1st half and were rewarded with another good finish from McEwan following good pressure from Oscar Haynes-Brown. It was a good team performance in the final development camp in the run-up to the Carrington Tournament.


ISFA enjoyed the perfect start when Oran Swales drove down the left and crossed for Charlie Tait-Harris to back-heel in. In a physical game, Sheffield Wednesday started to gain a foothold in the game and scored twice before half-time. ISFA has some nice spells of possession and looked threatening through Will Norcross and Luke Spear but Sheffield Wednesday scored twice more before the end.


Sat 10th May
Manchester United Tournament
at Aon Training Centre, Carrington
(NB This Tournament will be behind closed doors - no spectators will be admitted)


ISFA U15s enjoyed the experience of training and playing at the National Football Centre at St. George's Park for their December camp.

Tuesday 17th December

In a match played on the Sir Alf Ramsey indoor pitch at St. George’s Park,  ISFA started well but soon found themselves unable to keep pace with a very strong Leicester side who dominated in all areas of the game.  ISFA had to accept that the opposition were just too strong.

Wednesday 18th December

This was a much improved performance from the ISFA team who kept good possession and created a number of good chances.  The team found itself 1-0 down at half-time from a free-kick but they continued to play good football and were rewarded in the second half when Luke Spears finished off a good team move to score a well deserved equaliser.


Oscar Haynes Brown Ardingly
Oscar McConnell Ardingly
Sam Rattle GK Ardingly
Teddy West Ardingly
Jake Moss Forest
Sam Telling Forest 
Cam McEwan MGS
Matt Smith MGS
Will  Huffer  St Peter's, York
Imad Ul-Haque Yarm School
Ryan Leonard St Bede's
Aiden Lee Beardmore Chilton Cantelo
Jack Bull Repton
Aaron Babai  Brentwood
Oran Swales St Columba's College
Luke Spear Langley
Jack Curliss Berkhamsted
Henry Bolland Brighton College


23 boys attended the ISFA U15 October Training Camp at Oakham School, on 26th and 27th October 2013.

The aim of the Camp was to finalise selection for our stay at St. George's Park in December, and to work on team play and combinations ahead of the games with Academy opposition at the FA headquarters.

After arriving on Saturday 26th the boys enjoyed a mixture of technical practices, small sided games and a coached 11 v 11 game.  Then on Sunday 27th two teams were selected and played a full match in blustery conditions.

The coaches were delighted with the high standard of play in the training sessions and the squad match, and look forward to working with those selected for the December event.

The following players attended:


The final U15 camp of the summer took place at Reaseheath College, Crewe, between 20th-22nd August.  Around 45 boys have attended camps during the summer and an ISFA Squad will now be selected and invited to attend a training camp at half-term in October to prepare for the December camp, at The FA National Football Centre at St. George’s Park when two matches will be played against professional club academy teams.

ISFA 1 Nantwich Town 4

Despite playing against a much older team, which was far more physically developed, the ISFA U15s played an attractive and intelligent style of football.  Throughout the match ISFA enjoyed extended periods of possession, showing off their superior technical ability at a higher tempo.  The four goals conceded were unfortunate and were predominantly a result of the huge contrast between the physical height and strength of the two teams.  ISFA managed to score with Ryan Leonard’s long range effort and overall their effort, discipline and cohesion on the pitch was outstanding.

On the middle day, the ISFA U14 and U15 teams combined to produce four teams who played two Derby County teams in a round robin festival of football.

ISFA Sky Blue Team Report

The team had an excellent afternoon, only conceding two goals while winning two matches, drawing twice and losing only once, to a Derby County team, when very tired.  All the boys played well and demonstrated their learning from the earlier coaching sessions.  Their efforts meant they looked a good team in a small space of time.  Star men were Aiden Beardmore, Alec Osborne, James Gristock and Ryan Welch.

ISFA Navy Team Report

The boys grew in stature as the afternoon progressed. Defensive errors cost goals at vital times in the first two games. As the boys settled they played some excellent passing football and played increasingly well, with a convincing win over a Derby County side being the highlight of the afternoon.  Aaron Scilly and Jake Gordon worked tirelessly in attack and scored some excellent goals, Matt Smith was a driving force in the heart of midfield and all of the side are to be applauded for playing an attractive brand of attacking football.

ISFA Red Team Report

ISFA Red Team enjoyed a lovely day of  football.  All the boys were enthusiastic and showed great enthusiasm and ability in the morning training session. Later on, during the games, the team had moments when they expressed an intelligent and composed manner on the ball, keeping possession well.  Although the team experienced some mixed results, Tommy Trenneman shined throughout the fixtures.

ISFA White Team Report

A veritable feast of football was on offer from ISFA Whites culminating in a 1-0 victory over Derby County.  The boys played some attractive football but also delivered realistic ‘game’ football to ensure they were competitive against a strong Derby outfit.  Stand out defensive performances from Jack Bull and Harry Webster kept it tight at the back whilst Charlie Nowlan  and Mason Edmonds shone as the afternoon progressed in the middle of the park.  Strikers Luca Page and Nic Tilling shared three goals between them during the afternoon, which was just reward for their tireless effort and clever runs in behind the back line.  Well done guys – you were a credit to yourselves with your behaviour, application and ability. 


The new U15 season got underway at Repton School in July with a three day camp for over 30 players.  The team worked hard on the opening day to get know each other and also working on team organisation for two matches against academies.  It is invariably a tough task for ISFA teams, getting together for the first time, to face academy teams.

Unfortunately the two matches were somewhat one-sided, with one win and one defeat.

ISFA 12 Milton Keynes Dons 1

ISFA started the game well with Oscar Haynes-Brown scoring after 2 minutes against a very young MK Dons side.  This set the platform for ISFA to go on to score a hatful of goals.  There were a number of fine performances but the most pleasing aspect was that the boys had learned from the training session in the morning and put into the game what was asked of them. Imad Ul-Haque hit four goals and Haynes-Brown scored three, the others coming from Cam McEwan (2), Luke Spear, Charlie Tait-Harris and Sam Telling.

ISFA 0 Sheffield Wednesday 6

By way of contrast Sheffield Wednesday fielded very experienced side, incluing a number of U16 players, and consequently proved very tough opposition as a result of their superior size and strength.  The fierce and well drilled pressing made maintaining possession a big challenge for the ISFA side but, to their considerable credit, the team adapted quickly and did a sterling job of containing the opposition.  Ultimately, Wednesday ran out comfortable winners but the ISFA team can feel proud of the spirited resistance they provided with most of the goals only coming late in the game as the team tired.

ISFA U15 v. Sheffield Wednesday




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