Outlined below are several programmes, competitions and initiatives that ISFA is either running or can support that will assist in getting girls’ football kicked off in schools. Further information, ideas, and support can be found via The FA ‘For Girls’ website, which be can be found by clicking HERE.
The FA’s Girls Football in Schools Website
The FA have released a Girls Football in Schools website that provides information and resources specifically designed to support girls football in schools at all ages. Please click HERE and create an account to access this site and all the free downloadable resources and information.
ISFA Girls Community Hub Schools
ISFA can provide support to schools looking to introduce new regular girls football activity within their school. For more information please click HERE.
Taster Sessions and activities
The most common starting point for any school wanting to get girls’ football started is to run a girls’ football activity to gauge interest and hopefully begin to get more girls involved. This can take a number of forms, but one of the most successful is to use a ‘taster session’ followed by an activity. In your taster session, you want to teach a very basic skill, for example passing and receiving, and then allow the girls to play the game. To run a weekly session, it is important to use games and sessions to teach some basic skills, but also let the girls play – after all, that’s the fun part!
When you have enough girls that want to play, you may want to start looking at fixtures or festivals. ISFA has a list of schools on the website that are currently playing some sort of girls’ football and whom you can contact. Alternatively, ISFA runs smaller regional events through its Girls’ Community Hub Schools, details of these schools can be found on by clicking HERE. It is important to note that many schools run girls’ football programmes which are in their early stages of development and the key aim at present is participation – so don’t be afraid to take your girls to a tournament to give it a go.
ISFA now runs national competitions at U11, U13, U15 and U18 age groups.
- The U18 & U15 National Cups are 11v11 competitions that run throughout the season, beginning with regional group stages before progressing to semi-finals. Girls in school years 11-13 can play in the U18 cup and girls in school years 9-10 can play in the U15 cup. ISFA also run a National Seven-a-Side Tournament for both age groups that takes place on a Sunday during October and is always an enjoyable day which attracts much positive feedback from participating schools.
- The U13 & U11 National Cups are 7v7 competitions played in the summer term. Both competitions start with regional qualifying events with the top two teams at each event qualifying for the Girls National Finals Day which takes place at the prestigious St Georges Park, the home of the England teams.
- In addition to these national competitions, ISFA also run regional summer competitions and futsal competitions for various age groups during the summer term.
ISFA Representative Football
You may be at a school with one or two excellent female footballers but insufficient interest to start a girls’ football activity. If that is the case, ISFA runs two representative football programmes to encourage these girls.
ISFA runs a regional representative programme teams for girls in year 9 and year 10, comprising of talent ID days, a regional festival (where regions play against other regions) and a summer camp.
ISFA also runs a successful national; representative programme with the best players in years 10-13 selected to take part in representative camps including international fixtures against Scotland, Schools, Welsh Colleges, English Colleges as well as other fixtures.
GIRLS FOOTBALL ACTIVITY DATABASE
Please see below a list of ISFA schools that are currently playing girls football, including age groups, term played, and contact details.