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Thursday, 05 May 2016 09:36

Scotland's journey to Futsal World Cup begins

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Following trials in Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and Perth, the journey to the first ever IFA Futsal U17 World Cup is underway for young players across Scotland.

YFS TV spoke to Scottish Youth Futsal Federation president Stephen Chatila at the Edinburgh event, which can be viewed below.

The final trial for those who have been selected from phase one will take place in Dundee on Sunday 15th May. If you were unaware of the initial trials and believe you have exceptional case for attending the final trial, contact Stephen Chatila on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thursday, 21 April 2016 08:52

Futsal World Cup comes to Scotland

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Brazil, Spain, Portugal and Holland are amongst the countries that will travel to Dundee this September, as Scotland gets ready to host its first ever IFA Futsal U17 World Cup.

The event will take place from September 6-10 at Dundee's DISC arena, with trials set to take place across Scotland over the coming weeks.

Steve Chatila of the Scottish Youth Futsal Federation took time out of the current Scotland v Australia U15 challenge match tour (pictured, below), to make the announcement. He told the Evening Telegraph: “Bringing the World Cup is another leap forward to bring the focus onto youth futsal in Scotland.

“We’re looking for as many supporters as possible, anybody interested in playing or learning about futsal or people who just want to see a nice, exciting game.

“There’s no dull moments in games, it’s end to end, there’s action every second. It’s well worth spending an hour or two to watch a game, you’ll enjoy it.”

“Futsal itself in Scotland is relatively new but has been running since 1930 across the world so it’s not new and is fully professional in Brazil, Spain, Italy and Russia.

“My hope is maybe four or five years down the line we are looking at semi- professional teams in Scotland.

“So with the U17s, in four or five years they will be the ideal age to be starting to look at a professional or semi-professional career in futsal."
The first set of trials will take place shortly. They are for players born 1999 or later and the details are as follows:

April 30th, Bells Sport Centre, Perth
April 30th, Manhattan Works, Dundee
May 1st, Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh
May 1st, Ally McCoist Complex, East Kilbride
For more information or to register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07849321938.
The first weekend in April will see the Scottish Schools FA U15 Girls travel down to Newport in Wales to participate in the Bob Docherty Cup against the other home nations, with the hope of retaining the coveted Bob Docherty trophy. 
The tournament, which has taken place annually since it first began in 2007, is hosted in a different venue each year by one of the home nations. Last year saw Scotland host the tournament at Glasgow’s Toryglen Football complex, with the team winning the trophy on home soil. The team will hope to retain the trophy as they travel to the National Football Development Centre, Dragon Park, in Wales.
Their chance of retaining the trophy has looked promising so far, with a very successful run of pre-tournament matches against club and regional teams, winning six games in six against tough opponents, including players who had played in Scotland squads previously. Following wins against Glasgow City and Rangers, Scotland travelled to Jersey for a training camp, at the end of which they won back-to-back fixtures against Jersey, finishing the campaign off with wins against Central Academy and Hibernian.
Attention now turns to the home nation tournament, which will see Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and two Welsh sides, one 2001’s and one 2002’s, against each other across four days for their chance to win the Bob Docherty Cup.
Scotland will be able to rest on the opening day of the tournament, with no fixtures scheduled. They will then face Wales 2002’s on Saturday the second of April at 5.00pm, and play against England on Sunday the third of April with a 2.00pm kick-off. 
The fixtures for the final day will be decided by the results of the first three days. The games are played thirty minutes each way, with the winning team awarded three points. In the event of a draw, the game will go straight to penalties, with the winning side awarded two points and the losing team awarded one point.  The final day will see the top two teams play off, as well as the third and fourth teams, and fifth and sixth teams meeting.
Having had such a successful pre-tournament, the Scotland squad can go to Wales with confidence that they are capable of winning the Bob Docherty Trophy once more. Whatever happens, the team are guaranteed a wonderful experience. Everyone at YFS wishes them the best of luck and hopes that they enjoy every second. For anyone who can't make the trip south, all of the action will be available on YFS TV.
Youth Football Scotland reporters Claire Guilline, David Reid spoke about the main talking points pre-match, half time and at full time at the Lewis United v Banks O’Dee Albion under 16s Scottish cup semi-final.
It is 16 Scottish Cup finals in 16 years for Banks O’Dee Albion and coach Bruce McGregor's 5th Scottish Cup final with Albion as a coach. A great achievement and Bruce is a great lad and let’s face it, a tactical genius!
Claire and David received the team lines from Alan Cook at Lewis United and Patrick Ritchie from Banks O’Dee Albion and we invited former Lewis United player Kieran Simpson to gather his thoughts on the game who is now playing for Peterhead BC.
So David, Claire and Kieran spoke about the game in one of the stands at North Lodge Park, Formartine and David asked Kieran, “What his first impressions were on the game as he has seen both sides.” Kieran replied saying “Both the sides are really evenly matched, I think the forward turns will be really important and there will be a lot of saves made by the goalkeepers.”
David then said, “Your father, Mark Simpson used to play here, this must be a good ground for you is it?” Kieran came back saying “Yeah I used to watch him all the time and I hope it’s a great game to watch today and whoever comes out on top will win the game.”
David then asked Claire on the facilities available at Formartine United when she said “The facilities here at Formartine United have improved over the last year, and it’s a fantastic ground which is used in the Highland League and both teams will be keen to take advantage of the atmosphere here and try and push for victory in the semi-finals today.”
Claire then announced the team line-ups for Lewis United which were as follows: Euan Morrison, Logan Johnstone, James Robson, Jay Leiper, Kyle Smith, Gregor Thom, Cameron Cook, Liam Duncan, Alex Kelly and David Edwards and Mitchell Foy with bench being: Brian Mair, Adam Smith, Aaron Leslie, Calum Mitchell and Adam Joji.
David asked Kieran his thoughts on the line-up when he said “There’s a couple of surprises in there however I think it’s still strong to go out and win the game and I think they have the ability in midfield and going forward and they are strong in defence. “
For Banks O’Dee Albion we have: Vitali Sahhalevits, Jason Ritchie, Cameron Imrie, Calum Beattie, Ben Ross, Alasdair Shrive, Hamish McLeod, Mark Reid, Calum McKenzie, Lewis Duffy and Connor Wood with bench as follows: Andrew Wood, Joseph Bisset, Shaun Cameron, Greg Pirie and Cameron Ross.
Kieran shared his thoughts on the line-up again when he said “Yet again, a really strong team and they have shown that in the last couple of years especially in the league and they are a really hard team to beat and it will come down to whoever performs best.”
Half Time
It was 2-1 Albion with Jason Ritchie and Mark Reid giving Albion a two goal advantage before Mitchell Foy reduced the leeway for Lewis. David and Claire shared their thoughts starting with Claire when she said “It has been a close game and Banks O’Dee Albion have been quite dominant however Lewis getting their goal back will give them a fighting chance in the 2nd half and also give them a little bit of confidence. The goal was a turning point for Lewis and something for them to build on and they will be looking to put more pressure on Albion now”
Claire then asked David what his thoughts were on the performances of both sides when he said “Albion have just shaded the overall play in the 1st half, the Albion coaching staff would have stated pre-match to start the game well and they did with goals from Jason Ritchie and Mark Reid before Mitchell Foy pulled one back, if Albion keep it going then they will be in Airdrie come May.”
Claire then asked David what both managers will be saying just now when David replied back saying “Well for Lewis they have just got a goal back so Brian and Keith will be trying to get the boys up for it again and to build on that goal, for Albion it will be a theme of keep going.”
Who will be key? David says “You could single out any player however you look at Lewis and they signed players from Albion in the summer and I think Logan Johnston, Kyle Smith and Gregor Thom will be vital and they will be eager to push the boys on a little, as for Banks O’Dee Albion we already know what Jason Ritchie and Mark Reid are all about however it could be down to the goalkeepers Euan and Vitali.”
Full Time
It has finished Lewis United 2-3 Banks O’Dee Albion at North Lodge Park, Pitmedden with Albion probably just coming out on top over the 80 minutes.
David asks Claire what her view on the game was when she said “In the 2nd half, Lewis pressed on more and they managed to get that equaliser that they desperately needed and really brought themselves back into the game.
“Banks O’Dee Albion was the stronger team and got their goal to take the lead again and really didn’t give Lewis any more chances from there on, credit to Banks O’Dee Albion who managed to hold on.”
David then asked Claire if she felt Lewis United were denied a stonewall penalty at 2-2 when she said “I didn’t have the best view so I am going to stay neutral and say it could have gone either way.”
Claire then asked David for his view on the game when he said “Lewis must have gotten a bit of a talking to at half time because they came out in the 2nd half a lot stronger than they did in the first half and they were denied a stonewall penalty which if it was given and they scored it they could have went onto win the game.
“Fair play to Banks O’Dee Albion though who took advantage of the referees’ decision and take the lead once again thanks to Calum McKenzie.
“Albion used their experience to full advantage and I think it’s a little bit too early for Lewis United however don’t be surprised to see Lewis bounce back next season.”
What do you think Banks O’Dee will do to prepare for the final? David replied saying “Well the final isn’t until May however Albion now have a bit of time to wait for the winner and also to get themselves ready for the showcase event however Albion will be eager to get more success before then.”
“I spoke to Patrick on Monday and he said that you can’t buy experience and Albion put that to full dividends today and Bruce will put his experience across to the players before the game, Fauldhouse and Rossvale lie in wait.
“Albion know all about Rossvale and I have heard a lot of good things about Fauldhouse so that will be an interesting semi-final however it’ll be whoever wants it most on the day.  
Star players from either team? For Lewis either Mitchell Foy or Liam Duncan and for Albion, I was expecting a lot more from the Lewis United midfield and Alasdair Shrive and Ben Ross were outstanding for Albion.
David then spoke to Claire there is a guaranteed Aberdeen representative in the final when she replied saying “The under 13s got beat from Leith Athletic however there is the possibility of two teams going through from the North region to Airdrie in May and I’m pretty sure Albion 16s will do the ADJFA proud.”
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 17:55

Watch: Scotland v Northern Ireland U18 Schoolboys

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Video highlights from the Centenary Shield opener at Lesser Hampden.
The squad has been announced for Scotland's schoolboy international against Northern Ireland. The match takes place this evening (Friday 26th February) at 7pm, with the venue being Lesser Hampden. The eighteen players are as follows:
Kyle BANNER (Graeme HS)
Jack COOK (Dunbar Grammar)
John CUNNINGHAM (Hamilton Grammar) 
Dominic KANE (St. Kentigerns HS)
Derryn KESSON (Craigie HS)
Adam KIRKWOOD (Stranraer Academy)
Seyon KOSHOEDO (Harlaw Academy)
Callum LAING (St. Josephs College)
Josh MACDONALD (Calderglen HS)
Lachie MACLEOD (Aberdeen Grammar)
Bradley MANSON (Old Machar Academy)
Adam MARTIN (Bearsden Academy)
Ryan McRITCHIE (Millburn Academy)
Fraser MORTON (Wallacehall Academy)
Morgan REID (Bannockburn HS)
Mark SMITH (Grove Academy)
Liam STRACHAN (North East College)
Andrew WILSON (St. Kentigerns HS)
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 10:24

McLeod happy to be selected for Scotland

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Five players from the North region have been called up to the Scotland Schools U18's squad for games against Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic Of Ireland.
Liam Strachan and Bradley Manson are reunited back in the squad after both being present in the camp last year. Lachie MacLeod and Seyon Koshoedo (pictured below) who both hail from Aberdeen are in the squads for the first time and are joined by Ryan McRitchie from Inverness.
Liam Strachan attends college where as the rest are still at school. Bradley Manson is at Oldmachar Academy, Lachie McLeod goes to Aberdeen Grammar, Seyon Koshoedo goes to Harlaw Academy, and Ryan McRitchie goes to Millburn Academy up in Inverness.
One of the games that Scotland are participating in is local to the majority of the guys with Highland League side Inverurie Loco Works FC hosting the Scotland v Wales game on the 24th March with a 19:30pm kick off.
The last time Wales came to the North East, they visited Princess Royal Park which is the home of Highland League side Deveronvale FC and Scotland came away 3-0 winners.
One of the players who played for Scotland that night was former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher in a year in which Scotland lifted the Victory Shield.
Liam Strachan and Bradley Manson were both last season pushing hard to get a professional contract at Aberdeen. However, towards the tail end of the last season were released by the club. Liam now plays for Highland League outfit Turriff United and Bradley also plays in the Highland League, for Turriffs rivals Deveronvale.
Lachie McLeod who is in the squad for the first time as a striker gave his thoughts about being selected. He said, "It's quite surreal. I was very happy to be selected for the Scotland squad this year. It felt good that my hard work hasn't gone unnoticed and I haven't had a better feeling in football. 
"In the national trophy games, scouts came and had a look at me and I got recommended to the guys at Scotland schools. I have managed five goals in three games for Aberdeen during the national trophy so far. 
"What I aim to get out of this is to get spotted by a professional team. I was at Montrose for a while last season, however I would like to step up again. We are playing Sporting Futures USA on the 8th March so that is a good chance to impress scouts and coaches with the chance to go to America."
Lachie is also excited about playing one of the games in his region. He said, "Most of our games and training sessions have been down in the central belt. I played with Liam Strachan at Albion and I am good mates with him. I am starting to bond with Bradley and Seyon now and we all travelling up together and also in the same hotel rooms."
The Scotland Women's training camp squads have been announced for the U16, U17, and U19's age groups.
U16 (28th-30th January @ Toryglen)
Jade Baillie - Celtic FC
Shannon Burgon - Rangers LFC
Rebecca Cameron - Dundee United LFC
Kiera Gibson - Celtic FC
Georgia Adderley - Spartans LFC
Leah Eddie - Celtic FC
Michaela McAlonie - Hearts LFC
Kimberley McAlpine - Central Girls Academy
Shaney McCabe - Central Girls Academy
Bethany McPherson - Aberdeen LFC
Shannon Nagle - Celtic FC
Courtney Otto - Rangers LFC
Julia Dunn - Celtic FC
Kelsey Gibson - Chelsea LFC
Ellie Kane - Central Girls Academy
Kirsten Laing - Celtic FC
Kirstie McIntosh - Central Girls Academy
Sara McWhirter - Celtic FC
Brogan Molloy - Celtic FC
Amy Muir - Rangers LFC
Chloe Muir - Glasgow City FC
Elena Santoyo-Brown - Boroughmuir LFC
Monica Anderson - Glasgow City FC
Abby Callaghan - Celtic FC
Morgan Cross - Central Girls Academy
Fern Newbigging - Celtic FC
Megan Robb - Dundee United FC
Alise Stewart - Motherwell LFC
U17 (19th-21st January @ Toryglen)
U19 (22nd-24th January @ Toryglen)
Monday, 04 January 2016 12:13

SSFA U18 squad announcement

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The SSFA U18 squad for the 2015/16 season has been announced:
Kyle BANNER  (Graeme HS, Falkirk)
Jack COOK  (Dunbar Grammar)
John CUNNINGHAM  (Hamilton Grammar)
Dominic KANE  (St.Kentigern's Academy, Blackburn)
Derryn KESSON  (Craigie HS, Dundee)
Adam KIRKWOOD  (Stranraer Academy)
Seyon KOSHOEDO  (Harlaw Academy, Aberdeen)
Callum LAING  (St.Joseph's College, Dumfries)
Josh MacDONALD  (Calderglen HS, East Kilbride)
Lachie MacLEOD  (Aberdeen Grammar)
Bradley MANSON  (Oldmachar Academy, Bridge of Don)
Adam MARTIN  (Bearsden Academy) 
Ryan McRITCHIE  (Millburn Academy, Inverness)
Fraser MORTON  (Wallace Hall Academy, Thornhill)
Morgan REID  (Bannockburn HS)
Mark SMITH  (Grove Academy, Dundee)
Liam STRACHAN  (North East Scotland College, Aberdeen)
Andrew WILSON  (St.Kentigern's Academy, Blackburn)
The home leg of the annual international friendly football match between Scottish Colleges and Welsh Colleges took place at Broadwood Stadium on a wet and windy Thursday afternoon. Both teams travelled to the match with strong squads, looking to gain bragging rights in what is always a competitive fixture. 
The match started at a frantic pace with Wales’ number 10 hitting the post within the first few minutes after an excellent Welsh break. Scotland quickly returned the favour with a break of their own, only for Josh McGonigal to be denied by the onrushing keeper once through on goal. It was clear both sides were nervous in defence during the early stages of the match, however the Scottish defence quickly settled and both teams became more solid all over the park.
The game continued at a good pace with Wales spurning various chances, which they were made to regret as Scotland got their noses in front after 26 minutes. Tight interplay down the right was a common theme for Scotland in the opening phases and an excellent one-two between right back Scott Norman and striker Josh McGonigal led to a bouncing ball within the box which Scott Norman didn’t hesitate to volley into the back of the net. 
The match remained an even affair with both teams creating good chances. Ben Wagner, Ryan Porteus and Josh McGonigal all worked tirelessly in attack and were unlucky not to add to the score line. Nonetheless it was Scotland keeper Byron Gibb that ensured Scotland went in at half time ahead, pulling off two point blank saves that both seemed destined to draw Wales level. 
Half-time: Scottish Colleges 1-0 Welsh Colleges
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first with a frantic pace and visible nerves at the back, however this time it was Wales who capitalised and got themselves back into the game within a few minutes of the restart. Wales worked the ball wide and after some good play, the ball fell to the feet of Wales number 10 who side footed the ball across Robbie Kelly and into the back of the net from a difficult angle.
Wales’ enthusiastic celebration showed exactly how fired up they had become and their increased intensity soon led to them taking the lead. Perhaps in an effort to regain control of the match, Scotland committed men forward and after some loose Scottish play Wales number 7 was gifted too much time and space and his low cross was poked home by the anticipating Welsh forward in the 55th minute.
The momentum was now fully with Wales and a driven shot from outside the box in the 56th minute picked up pace on the greasy surface and fell into the path of an onrushing Wales forward after a save from Kelly. The striker made no mistake and buried the ball into the roof of the net first time queuing jubilant scenes among all Welsh staff and players.
Scotland quickly moved from 4-1-4-1 to 4-4-2 in order to chase the game with Captain Maxime Neossi dropping back into defence from his important holding role. The fluency they showed in the first half seemed to have been lost as the Welsh continued to grow in strength. Special praise must go to Wales’ number 7 who was a constant threat on the wing and was at the heart of various excellent Welsh attacks.
A second half chance did come Scotland’s way as an exchange of passes between Euan Russell and Greg Fernie led to a snap shot rattling the post. This was to be the last chance of the match as the referee drew the game to a close underneath the floodlights.
Half-time: Scottish Colleges 1-3 Welsh Colleges
An excellent afternoon and experience for everyone involved and a strong advert for college football in both Scotland and Wales. Huge thanks to the Welsh for travelling up the road and we all look forward to the away fixture in the New Year.
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