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ISFA UNDER-16 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

DEFEAT AT SGP FOR THE U16s

ISFA U16 0 LINCOLN CITY 3

After two training sessions and a shortened training game against England Colleges U18 at St. George's Park, the ISFA U16 National Team had their first full game against a physical Lincoln City side. The first half was played at a very high tempo, with the ISFA team struggling to control the flow of the game. However, despite the basketball nature of the match, ISFA had several chances to take the lead before Lincoln took a two goal lead at the break, seizing on two ISFA errors.

The 2nd half saw a significantly more compact ISFA team reduce the amount of space and the number of chances on offer to Lincoln. Despite this, it was Lincoln that again struck to take a 3-0 lead. ISFA battled hard to get back into the game but, despite creating several half-chances, ISFA were unable to close the gap. The final score did not reflect the progress and encouraging signs on show, and it was great to see the U16s putting some of their training into practice and things look bright for the 2021-22 season.

Photographs from the St. George's Park Camp can be found at www.rwt-photography.co.uk.

ISFA U16 WHITE 4 vs. ISFA U16 RED 1

On Sunday, 30 of the best U16 Independent School footballers in the country came together for the final national trial at Shrewsbury School.  In what can only be described as "challenging" weather conditions, the standard of football on show was impressive, with high levels of technical ability and game craft in abundance.  

The ISFA U16 'White' side were the quickest out of the blocks and took a 2-0 lead into half time.  However, the 'Reds' came back strongly, pulling a goal back in the 2nd period and followed up with multiple chances to draw level.  However, it was the 'Whites' that pushed ahead and scored two more goals towards the end of the 2nd half to win the trial match.

This really was a great advert for Independent School Football and huge credit goes to the players who put in such impressive performances in genuinely difficult conditions.  Thank you also to parents and guardians who made the journeys to Shrewsbury on Sunday. 

An initial training squad for the National Team camp at St. George's Park will be released early next week.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday 15th December - Thursday 16th December 2021
ISFA U16 National Team training camp. St. Geroge's Park.
Wednesday 15th - ISFA U16 National Team v Nxt Gen London Academy, St George's Park, 6.00pm
Thursday 16th - ISFA U16 National Team fixture (TBC), 1400.

January 2022
ISFA U16 National Team fixture (TBC).

Tuesday 15th February 2022
ISFA U16 National Team v. Brighton, American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, 14.00

Sunday 27th March 2022
ISFA U16 National Team v. Millwall, 11.00, City of London School playing fields.

9th - 11th August 2022
ISFA U16 Festival at Oakham School

Match Reports

ISFA U16 South Trial XI 2 vs. Essex 3
In wet conditions but on a superb surface at Brentwood School, an ISFA U16 South Trial XI took on Essex on Sunday 10th October.
Essex opened the game at a fast pace and for the first 20 minutes dominated proceedings and deservedly took the lead after a misplaced back pass. However, the ISFA XI grew into the game and sharp work down the right-hand side saw a cut back cross calmly slotted home.
In the 2nd of 3/3rds, ISFA started a lot brighter, but Essex then upped the pace and again took the lead. To the credit of the ISFA side, they then created several chances, also had a goal ruled out for offside.  A good ISFA move down the left-hand side rounded off the 2nd 1/3rd and was calmly finished inside the 6-yard box.  The final 1/3rd of the game saw the Essex team continue to press forward and to take a deserved victory with a 3rd and final goal.

The next stage of the trial process takes place on Sunday 7th November in a fixture against Kent Schools. Emails will be sent out to parents of all players to confirm selection or otherwise for this game. A final decision on players before the National Trial game (Sunday 28th November) will then be taken after the Kent match

ISFA U16 South Trial XI 1 vs. Kent 3

In perfect conditions for football and on a superb playing surface at City of London School, an ISFA U16 South Trial XI took on Kent Schools.   A high tempo start saw Kent fly out of the blocks, hitting the post twice.  Kent had the upper hand in first 25 minutes and took a 1-0 lead.  However, the ISFA side grew into the game and had a strong final 15 minutes, including having a goal disallowed for offside.

The 2nd half saw a more composed ISFA side control the possession and create several half chances.  However, Kent continued to be dangerous on the break, adding a 2nd from a counterattack and a 3rd from the spot.  ISFA pulled a goal back from a superb strike from left wing and had several chances in the final 10 minutes to narrow the gap.

It was great to see another set of trialists representing the U16 South side.  A squad of between 32 and 36 North and South trialists will be announced early next week and invited to attend the National Team final trial on Sunday 28th November at Shrewsbury School. 

 ISFA U16 South Trial XI 1 vs. Kent 3

In perfect conditions for football and on a superb playing surface at City of London School, an ISFA U16 South Trial XI took on Kent Schools.   A high tempo start saw Kent fly out of the blocks, hitting the post twice.  Kent had the upper hand in first 25 minutes and took a 1-0 lead.  However, the ISFA side grew into the game and had a strong final 15 minutes, including having a goal disallowed for offside.

The 2nd half saw a more composed ISFA side control the possession and create several half chances.  However, Kent continued to be dangerous on the break, adding a 2nd from a counterattack and a 3rd from the spot.  ISFA pulled a goal back from a superb strike from left wing and had several chances in the final 10 minutes to narrow the gap.

It was great to see another set of trialists representing the U16 South side.  A squad of between 32 and 36 North and South trialists will be announced early next week and invited to attend the National Team final trial on Sunday 28th November at Shrewsbury School.

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