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The draw for the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Womens Under-19 European Championships have been made and see Scotland placed in group 4 alongside Poland, Croatia and Bulgaria.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 
 

Group 1: France, Sweden, Slovakia, FYR Macedonia

Group 2: Poland, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Lithuania

Group 3: Germany, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Albania

Group 4: Scotland, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria

Group 5: Norway, Northern Ireland, Wales, Moldova

Group 6: Switzerland, Austria, Israel, Latvia

Group 7: Spain, Iceland, Greece, Kazakhstan

Group 8: Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Estonia

Group 9: Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Ukraine, Montenegro

Group 10: Sweden, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia

Group 11: England, Serbia, Belarus, Cyprus

Group 12: Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, Kosovo

 

The top two teams from each group, as well as the four best third-placed teams, will qualify for the Elite Round, with seven teams eventually qualifying for the finals in Georgia in 2020.

Scotland will host the 2019 finals in July.

Friday, 23 November 2018 11:02

Women's U17 UEFA European Championship draws

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Scotland have been drawn in group 4 of the UEFA U17 European Championships Elite Round, where they will face Germany, Norway and Republic of Ireland.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 

Group 1: England, Greece, Hungary, Georgia

Group 2: Serbia, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland

Group 3: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia

Group 4: Germany, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Scotland

Group 5: France, Portugal, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland

Group 6: Denmark, Italy, Iceland, Slovenia

Group 7: Belgium, Austria, Finland, Wales

 
The mini-group matches will be by played by the end of March, with the top team from each of the seven groups qualifying for the tournament finals in Bulgaria in May.
 
 
The draw for the qualifying cmping for the 2019/20 U17 European Championships was also made, with Scotland being drawn in group 10 with Italy, Northern Ireland and Montenegro.
 
The full draw is as follows:
 

Group 1: England, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia

Group 2: Switzerland, Turkey, Romania, Moldova

Group 3: France, Iceland, Belarus, Malta

Group 4: Finland, Austria, Slovakia, Estonia

Group 5: Norway, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands

Group 6: Denmark, Russia, Wales, FYR Macedonia

Group 7: Republic of Ireland, Greece, Lithuania, Albania

Group 8: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Serbia, Georgia

Group 9: Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan

Group 10: Italy, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Montenegro

Group 11: Netherlands, Israel, Portugal, Latvia

 
The matches for these groups are scheduled between August and October 2019. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Elite Round, along with the two best third-placed teams. Seven teams will eventually qualify for the finals in Sweden.
 
The Scottish National CP Football team is looking for sponsorship to help them compete once again on the international stage.
 
The team achieved the highest ever ranking for a Scottish national side, reaching sixth in the world in 2007 and are looking for the support of businesses and organisations across Scotland to help them rise up the ranks again.
 
Funds raised will be used to book pitches and facilities for training sessions, kit the team out with strips and training clothing, travel and accommodation when competing at international competitions as well as transport for national competitions.
 
The team will be playing against one of the top CP sides from England, CP United, on Sunday 9th September at Ochilview Stadium in Stenhousemuir and have welcomed the public to view the match.
 
Entry into the stadium will be free of charge, with donations welcome at the gate.
 
The Scottish National CP Football Team is Scotland's National Football Team for athletes with cerebral palsy, stroke and acquired or traumatic brain injury. The squad currently consists of 18 players, which includes numerous Paralympians, and is open to any Scottish footballer who has cerebral palsy, stroke and acquired or traumatic brain injury.
 
Driven by a team manager, and supported by three professional coaches and a physiotherapist, the staff ensure the team is held together by organising regular training sessions and arranging matches against local teams to keep the players ready for competition.
 
Giving up their time on a completely voluntary basis, the staff are motivated by the positive impact which this team has on the young men who attend.
 
"Having been involved with the team for thirteen years, I have witnessed lads grow into positive role models for young people with cerebral palsy" commented Greig Taylor, Manager of the Scottish National CP Football Team.
 
"The confidence which the boys gain when representing their country gets carried over into their personal lives, whether that be at school or in the workplace, therefore the team plays a vital role in their development" continued Taylor.   
 
For more information please call Greig Taylor, Manager of Scottish National CP Football Team on +44 (0) 7826 520224
An agonising 2-2 draw in Slovenia last October meant Scottish brave hearts were once again left broken as the Tartan army fell short in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Two decades have now elapsed since Scotland took centre-stage at a major tournament as all of their attention now turns to qualification for the European Championships in 2020.
 
It seems a far cry from their consecutive British Home Championship successes in the 1960s which culminated in their famous win over England in 1967, followed seven years later by their impressive showing at the 1974 World Cup piloted by the imperious Billy Bremner.
Gordon Strachan’s resignation has paved the way for Alex McLeish to have another stab at leading his country to a major competition - the former Aston Villa and Rangers manager narrowly missed out on guiding the nation to Euro 2008 qualification, although impressive wins against the likes of France and Ukraine should not be forgotten.
 
Many of the squad’s elder statesmen such as Darren Fletcher and Craig Gordon are reaching the twilight of their international careers and there is a new generation of exciting youngsters waiting to reverse the nation’s luck in landing a major tournament berth. Here are three of those talented prospects that we expect to inspire Scottish football in the coming seasons.
 
Harry Cochrane (Hearts)
The Glaswegian shot into the limelight last December by netting the opener in Hearts shock 4-0 victory over Celtic, thus ending the Hoops 69-game unbeaten run. Despite only turning 17 in April, the babyfaced Cochrane belies his lightweight frame with his robust challenges and plays with great maturity in the centre of the park. Has already made 22 appearances in Scotland’s top division and recently signed a new contract with Craig Levein’s side, which is due to run until 2021.
 
Lewis Morgan (Celtic)
A barnstorming start to the season saw the St Mirren winger notch 13 goals in 26 games across all competitions and this form secured him a move to the Scottish champions in the January transfer window. Morgan was loaned back out to the Buddies for the remainder of the campaign and Brendan Rodgers will be hopeful the skilful 21-year-old can hit the ground running when he eventually dons the famous green and white hoops. Made his full international debut in last month’s 2-0 defeat to Peru.
 
Ross McCrorie (Rangers)
When former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha handed McCrorie his debut last September, he proclaimed that the then 19-year-old was going to be “one of the best centre halves in history, not just for this club but for this country.” Extremely versatile and athletic, McCrorie’s loan spells in the lower leagues with Ayr and Dumbarton have prepared him for the physical demands of Scotland’s top-flight. Has been touted as a future Rangers Captain.
Aside from this trio, there is a wealth of youngsters knocking on the door of their respective clubs as they dream of making their mark on Scottish football. Scotland’s future is in safe hands and now is the time to deliver success to this passionate footballing nation which is once again on the rise. The wait will soon be over.
Friday, 11 May 2018 18:06

SYFA name U14 national development squad

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The Scottish Youth FA has named their Under 14 National Development Squad. The players selected are as follows:
 
Murray Thomson Rosyth Bc Fife (East)
Damiloa Faden Palace Unity (West)
Lucas McGarry Hutchison Vale (South East)
Liam Mackie Coylton Fc (South West) 
Reece Mitchell Dalyrimple (South West) 
Victor Emordi Palace Park (West)
Marc Kilgannon Milton Bc (Central)
Bruno Davidson Hutchison Vale (South East)
Laughlan Clark Dean Thistle (South West) 
Sam Campbell Milton Bc (Central)
Sam Nicholson Tynecastle Fc (South East)
Fraser McKinnon (South West) 
Kyle Fraser Tynecastle Fc (South East)
Ben McBride Langscraig (West)
Ryan Morrison Palace Park (West)
Ciaran Clarke Cumbernauld Colts (Central)
Blair Wright Cumbernauld Colts (Central)
Lewis McGregor St Peters (West)
Ryan Mullholland Ashfield (West)
Darren Rafferty St Peters (West)
Liam Gray (South West) 
Cameron McMillian Coylton Fc (South West) 
Nathan Gardner Motherwell (Central)
Jamie Lapsley Milton Bc (Central)
 
CP Football Scotland are about to go on a European adventure as they are set to fly to sunny Barcelona to take part in the 13th Annual Invitational International Trophy.
 
The side are currently looking for teams to play in Scotland as preparation for the tournament and are eager to speak to local clubs in Scotland for seven-a-side matches. They are preferably looking for strong under 19's teams to really test themselves ahead of their journey. 
 
They recently played their first international in two years against England and are currently on the lookout for more teams to test themselves against in friendlies, before heading for Spain on the 6th June.
 
The Scotland National CP Team is the Scottish national team for players with Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Aquired Brain Injury. Founded in 1995, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport, the side have played with many elite teams from around the world and even achieved a world ranking of sixth, the highest of any Scotland international team.
 
This will be Scotland's first appearance at the International Invitational and they will be joined by teams such as Catalunya, Argentina, Denmark and the USA. The competition is largely viewed as a development tournament for larger competitions, but it is one that team manager Greig Taylor and his players will be eager to win.
 
Manager Greig Taylor is hoping that this tournament will prove to be a great experience for his players in regards to what they can expect life as a professional footballer to be like. He is looking forward to his players gaining some competitive game time.
 
The squad contains a mixture of both experienced and new players to the game and all will surely be looking forward to the experience of competing in an international competition.
 
CP Football is played as a seven-a-side game played on a regular-sized football pitch and usually consists of 30 minute halfs. Each CP team is limited to certain parameters in relation to the severity of ones condition.
 
These classes are known as FT1, FT2 and FT3, with FT1 being the most severe and FT3 being the least severe. Each team must have a minimum of one FT1 class player on the pitch at all times and a maximum of one FT3 class player on the pitch at all times.
 
If you are associated with a youth club and you are looking to help Scotland in their tournament preparations, you can contact them on their social media pages below.
 
CP Football Scotland is also always on the lookout for new players so if you, or someone you know is a football player with Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Aquired Brain Injury, you can get in touch through the social media pages below:
 
Twitter: @CPfootball_SCO
An early goal from Daire O’Connor proved enough to see the Irish Colleges and Universities maintain a three year unbeaten record against the Scottish Universities in their latest meeting at Oriel Park.

O’Connor had the home side in front after ten minutes with a clinical finish from close range.

The UCD man started the move himself when he linked up with Shane Day-Butz, who went on to find Darragh Noone and he played the ball into O’Connor’s path for the midfielder to fire past Callum Davidson for the only goal of a closely fought game.

The Irish were the dominant side throughout and they created a couple of other chances to add to their total efforts. But Alan O’Sullivan, Shane Day-Butz and O’Connor all failed to find the target, while Adrian Delap hit the base of the upright with another great chance.

The Scots always posed a treat in counter attacks and Robbie McGlade and Anton Dowds tested Matt Connor in the home goal but they failed to make the breakthrough and grab an equaliser.
 
 
IRISH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: M Connor (L Steacy 79); S Elworthy (M Nugent 55), S O’Mahony, R Taheny (L Scales h-t), C Kane (T Noack-Hoffman 61); J Bonner, D Noone (J Hollywood 55); S Daly-Butz (A Delap h-t), D O’Connor (D O’Connell 70), J McClelland (C Barry 61); A O’Sullivan (S Barnes 70).

SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES: C Davidson (A Cadzow 85); C Windram (A Webb 83), M Verkaik, C Morgan, M Condie; R McGlade, F Daniels-Yeoman, R Kellock (R Calbacho 60); K Hall (M Bolotov 72), A Dowds, L Hunter (E Skjaeveland 66).

Referee: J Dyas (Dundalk)

Donald Park named his Scotland U19 squad that will travel to Spain to face Denmark and Austria at the end of February.

Rangers’ Matthew Shield, Wolves’ Elliot Watt, Kerr McInroy and Jack Aitchison of Celtic and Reading’s Ben House are all brought into the squad.

The two International Challenge Matches are part of the squad’s preparations for the Euros Elite Round qualifying stage where they will face Germany, the Netherlands and Norway for a place at the European Championships in Finland this summer.

The squad in full is: 

Aidan McAdams (Rangers)
Kieran Wright (Rangers)
Aidan Wilson (Rangers)
Daniel Baur (Heart of Midlothian)
Matthew Shiels (Rangers)
Robbie Deas (Celtic)
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Stephen Welsh (Celtic)
Wallace Duffy (Celtic)
Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal)
Elliot Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Jamie Barjonas (Rangers)
Jordan Holsgrove (Reading)
Kerr McInroy (Celtic)
Ben House (Reading)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Fraser Murray (Hibernian)
Glenn Middleton (Rangers)
Jack Aitchison (Celtic)
Zak Rudden (Rangers)

 
Scotland Women Under 16's coach Paul Brownlie has named his squad for the upcoming UEFA Women's Under 16 Development Tournament in York in February.
 
The young Scots will begin their tournament on the 14th February against Spain, before moving on to play Denmark on the 16th. Brownlie's side will end the tournament on the 18th against England.
 
The full squad is as follows
 
Goalkeepers
 
Alicia Yates (Hearts)
Aaliyah-Jay Meach (Dundee United)
 
 
Defenders
 
Hannah Cunningham (Rangers)
Carly Girasoli (Glasgow City)
Paige McAllister (Celtic)
Robyn McCafferty (Hibernian)
Phillipa McCallum (Dundee United)
Niamh Murphy (Manchester United)
Chloe Warrington (Celtic)
 
 
Midfielders
 
Holly Aitchison (Hibernian Development)
Rebecca McAllister (Celtic)
Karsey McGlinchey (Glasgow City)
Aisha Maughan (Celtic)
Cara Milne Redhead (Manchester United)
Jennifer Smith (Hearts)
 
 
Forwards
 
Bayley Hutchison (Aberdeen)
Kathlenn McGovern (Celtic)
Millie Senior (Manchester United)
Rosie McQuillan (Rangers)
Hannah Scott (Glasgow City)
The Scottish Schools FA has announced their Under 15 girls international squad for the 2018 campaign. Players from the six Scottish footballing regions came together for the recent Inter-Regional Cup, followed by a final trial to select the squad. Those selected to represent Scotland are as follows: 
 
Eildh Adams (George Heriots School)
Lynsey Baillie (Bo’ness Academy)
Jessica Broadrick (Portlethen Academy)
Mirren Easdon (Gleniffer HS)
Monica Forsyth (St Ninians HS Giffnock)
Gail Gilmour (Turriff Academy)
Bayley Hutchison (Kemnay Academy)
Kirsty MacLean (Barrhead HS)
Paige McAllister (Bathgate Academy)
Rebecca McAllister (Our Lady’s & St. Pats HS)
Maria McAnemy (St. Andrews & St. Brides HS)
Robyn McCafferty (Woodmill HS)
Rosie McQuillan St Peter The Apostle)
Kate Nicolson (Balfron HS)
Jenna Penman (Aberdeen Grammar)
Olivia Potter (St Columba’s HS, Dunfermline)
Ellie Jai Reid (St Andrew's HS, Kirkcaldy)
Alicia Yates (Dunfermline HS)
 
The squad have a double header against Wales to look forward to, with away fixtures on February 10th & 12th. This is part of the build up to the Bob Docherty Cup, which takes place in Northern Ireland between 23rd - 26th March.
 
 
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