Independent Schools Football Association

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 ISFA Girls division was formed. 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
1992–93Forest SchoolCharterhouse School
1993–94The King's School, ChesterArdingly College
1994–95St Bede's College, ManchesterArdingly College
1995–96QEGS BlackburnBury Grammar School
1996–97Lancing CollegeBolton School
1997–98Ardingly CollegeBolton School
1998–99Hampton SchoolWolverhampton Grammar School
1999-00Shrewsbury SchoolCharterhouse School
2000–01QEGS BlackburnBrentwood School
2001–02Brentwood SchoolSt Bede's College, Manchester
2002–03Bolton SchoolBradfield College
2003–04QEGS BlackburnMillfield
2004–05MillfieldHampton School
2005–06The King's School, ChesterMillfield
2006–07Hampton SchoolCharterhouse School
2007–08Charterhouse SchoolMillfield
2008–09MillfieldHampton School
2009–10Shrewsbury SchoolRepton School
2010–11Charterhouse SchoolEton College
2011–12Hampton SchoolMillfield
2012–13MillfieldAlleyn's School
2013–14MillfieldBradfield College
2014–15Ardingly CollegeHampton School
2015–16Ardingly CollegeBradfield 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
2007–08Manchester Grammar SchoolLatymer Upper School
2008–09Manchester Grammar SchoolEton College
2009–10Brentwood SchoolRepton School
2010–11Whitgift SchoolBolton School
2011–12Hampton SchoolBolton School
2012–13Whitgift SchoolBrentwood School
2013–14Ardingly CollegeManchester Grammar School
2014–15Hampton SchoolManchester Grammar School
2015–16MillfieldBrentwood School

Investec ISFA Under-13 Cup Winners:

Year Winner Runners-up
2007–08Brentwood SchoolKing's School, Chester
2008–09The Grange SchoolAlleyn's School
2009–10Bolton SchoolForest School
2010–11Whitgift SchoolHampton School
2011–12Whitgift SchoolBrentwood School
2012–13Whitgift SchoolPriory
2013–14Whitgift SchoolChigwell School
2014–15Whitgift SchoolCity of London School
2015–16Whitgift SchoolBury 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
2007–08ACS CobhamWellingborough School
2008–09Repton SchoolACS Cobham
2009–10St. Bede's SchoolStamford High School
2010–11ACS CobhamStamford High School
2011–12Stamford High SchoolACS Cobham
2012–13ACS CobhamStamford High School
2013–14King's College, TauntonSevenoaks
2014–15Oakham SchoolACS Cobham

Representative teams

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.

Notable former players



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