Independent Schools Football Association

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Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) oversees football in independent schools in the United Kingdom. The ISFA is affiliated to the Football Association.

The chairman is former Premier League and FIFA referee David Elleray, and the CEO is Mark Dickson.


Dick Sale, headmaster of Brentwood School and public school representative on the F.A. Council, formed the Public Schools Football Association and was its first chairman. The name was changed to the Independent Schools FA in 1986 under the chairmanship of Chris Saunders, headmaster of Eastbourne College and later Lancing College. In 2005, the Independent Schools Football Association for Girls division was formed.[citation needed] The current chairman is the third person to hold that post.


The association organises the Boodles ISFA Cup, a knockout competition among ISFA member schools. The final usually takes place at a Football League ground, with recent finals taking place at the Stadium MK, home ground of Milton Keynes Dons.

Previous winners are:

Year Winners Runners-up
1992–93 Forest School Charterhouse School
1993–94 The King's School, Chester Ardingly College
1994–95 St Bede's College, Manchester Ardingly College
1995–96 QEGS Blackburn Bury Grammar School
1996–97 Lancing College Bolton School
1997–98 Ardingly College Bolton School
1998–99 Hampton School Wolverhampton Grammar School
1999-00 Shrewsbury School Charterhouse School
2000–01 QEGS Blackburn Brentwood School
2001–02 Brentwood School St Bede's College, Manchester
2002–03 Bolton School Bradfield College
2003–04 QEGS Blackburn Millfield
2004–05 Millfield Hampton School
2005–06 The King's School, Chester Millfield
2006–07 Hampton School Charterhouse School
2007–08 Charterhouse School Millfield
2008–09 Millfield Hampton School
2009–10 Shrewsbury School Repton School
2010–11 Charterhouse School Eton College
2011–12 Hampton School Millfield
2012–13 Millfield Alleyn's School
2013–14 Millfield Bradfield College
2014–15 Ardingly College Hampton School
2015–16 Ardingly College Bradfield College
2016-17 Royal Russell school Millfield School

In season 2007–08 two new cup competitions were introduced: the Investec ISFA Under-15 Cup and the Investec ISFA U13 Cup. The finals for both of these competitions have so far taken place at Burton Albion F.C.

Investec ISFA Under-15 Cup Winners:

Year Winner Runners-up
2007–08 Manchester Grammar School Latymer Upper School
2008–09 Manchester Grammar School Eton College
2009–10 Brentwood School Repton School
2010–11 Whitgift School Bolton School
2011–12 Hampton School Bolton School
2012–13 Whitgift School Brentwood School
2013–14 Ardingly College Manchester Grammar School
2014–15 Hampton School Manchester Grammar School
2015–16 Millfield Brentwood School

Investec ISFA Under-13 Cup Winners:

Year Winner Runners-up
2007–08 Brentwood School King's School, Chester
2008–09 The Grange School Alleyn's School
2009–10 Bolton School Forest School
2010–11 Whitgift School Hampton School
2011–12 Whitgift School Brentwood School
2012–13 Whitgift School Priory
2013–14 Whitgift School Chigwell School
2014–15 Whitgift School City of London School
2015–16 Whitgift School Bury Grammar School

The organisation also organises football in Independent Schools for Girls, and runs an Under 18 Cup competition for girls.

ISFA Under-18 Girls Cup winners:

Year Winner Runners-up
2007–08 ACS Cobham Wellingborough School
2008–09 Repton School ACS Cobham
2009–10 St. Bede's School Stamford High School
2010–11 ACS Cobham Stamford High School
2011–12 Stamford High School ACS Cobham
2012–13 ACS Cobham Stamford High School
2013–14 King's College, Taunton Sevenoaks
2014–15 Oakham School ACS Cobham

Representative teams[edit]

ISFA also organises teams to represent Independent Schools in England at Under-14, Under-15, Under-16 and Under-18 levels. The Under-18 and Under-16 sides undertake an annual overseas tour, as well as numerous fixtures, including an annual Under-18 fixture against Scotland Independent Schools. The Under-14 and Under-15 sides play matches mainly against academy teams from various English professional clubs.

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