“Football at the Heart of School Life”

Imagine the lively morning debates before school about last night’s game, the eager walk to class after the highs and lows of a World Cup Final played out at break-time, the sense of pride when representing your school team, the elation of scoring a goal after an amazing passing sequence between teammates, the inspiring classroom conversations about the pathway to England hero, and the times when we stop and think and relive those moments all over again looking back as adults.

We all know that football is like no other in its ability to capture the hearts and minds of school children, to inspire these young people, to unite young people together and to create powerful life-time memories, particularly throughout secondary school.

We believe that every young person should have access to these inspirational experiences and happy memories of football in school life. Our mission is to make this possible by supplying teachers with the ideas, tools and resources that teachers value whilst engaging closely to ensure we can continually support teachers effectively.

The FA Secondary Schools Programme

The programme is free to all schools and comprises four clear elements.

   • After School Clubs
   • Leadership
   • Intra School Football
   • Inter-School Football


Each of the elements above are supported by a multitude of resources and ideas to support delivery, available through a variety of digital channels,  with printed versions and Nike merchandise options also available via our Schools Football Shop which is available from September.

Digital and Social Media

To support engagement we’ve also launched a series of specific social media feeds for teachers which will highlight new resources that can be accessed and also discuss topics of interest which are relevant for schools each week so that ideas are always at your fingertips.

Enrol now

All schools have to do to enrol is to visit the new online FA Schools Portal, create a quick and easy profile and all resources will be stored here for easy access.

The portal and launch will be officially live from 15th June.

Follow us on twitter and Instagram, via @FASchools and all information about how to enrol from the middle of June will be posted there.

Partners Links

The FA Secondary Schools Programme is delivered in close partnership with our national partners English Schools F.A. and Independent Schools F.A. together with The FA's network of County Football Associations across the country.

To sign up to The FA’s Secondary School Programme or for more information visit


24th - 26th July 2018
U16 Academy Tournament 

31st July - 2nd Aug 2018
U14 Academy Tournament 

17th - 19th Aug 2018
U14 & U15 Rep Camp

Sun 9th Sept 2018
ISFA Sixes

Sun 16th Sept 2018
South U16  Trials 
(Eton, 11:00)

Sun 16th Sept 2018
South U18  Trials 
(Eton, 14:00)

Sun 14th Oct 2018
South U18A&B & U17 V. Kent Corinthian Casuals 
(Charterhouse, 14:00

Sun 14th Oct 2018
South U16 A&B V. Essex Schools
(Chigwell, 14:00)

Sun 4th Nov 2018
ISFA South U18A&B & U17 V. Essex
(Brentwood, 14:00)

Sun 4th Nov 2018
ISFA South U16A&B V. Kent Schools
(City of London, 14:00)

Sun 25th Nov 2018
ISFA U18, U17 & U16 Final Trials 
(Shrewsbury, 14:00)

12th - 13th Dec 2018
ISFA U16/U18 Rep Camps
(St. George's Park)

Wed 12th Dec 2018
ISFA U18 V. Welsh Colleges
(St. George's Park, 18:00)

Wed 12th Dec 2018
ISFA U16 V. Burton Albion FC
(St. George's Park, 18:00)

Thurs 13th Dec 2018
ISFA U18 V. English Colleges
(St. George's Park, 14:00)

17th - 19th Dec 2018
ISFA U14/U15 Rep Camps
(Surrey Sports Park)

Wed 19th Dec 2018
ISFA U14 & U15 v. Brighton & Hove Albion
(Surrey Sports Park)

Sun 13th Jan 2019
ISFA U18 & U16 Boys V. Australia Schools
(Clifton College, 14:00)

Wed 6th March 2019
Barry Burns Northern Eights
(Bolton School)

16th/17th April 2019
ISFA U14A/U15 Camp 
(St. George's Park)

Thurs 25th April 2019
ISFA U16 Shield Final 
(St. George's Park, 18:00)