Northern Ireland national under-16 football team

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Northern Ireland Under-16 Schools
Nickname(s) The GAWA, Norn Iron
Association Irish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
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(21 May 1927, Solitude)

The Northern Ireland national under-16 schools football team (also known as Northern Ireland schoolboys, under-16s or U16) represents Northern Ireland in association football at under-16 level. It is controlled by the Northern Ireland Schools Football Association (NISFA) which is affiliated to the Irish Football Association. The main competition competed for by the team is the Victory Shield which has been competed for since 1925 by the same four teams (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The Northern Ireland under-16 side also competes regularly in other minor tournaments and in friendlies. The team had previously been fielded at under-15 level and games are still sometimes arranged at this age group level with the agreement of the opposition association.

Northern Ireland Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

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Victory Shield

The Victory Shield is an annual football tournament competed for by the under-16 teams of Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Victory Shield had traditionally been competed for by the four Home Nations, but the Football Association withdrew the England team from the tournament "for the foreseeable future" in 2015. The competition was continued after England's withdrawal, with the Republic of Ireland taking their place. The competition was competed by under-15 teams until 2001, when switching to under-16 to fall in line with UEFA competitions.


Matches 2012–13


Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
27/09/2012 Dungannon England 0–5 Victory Shield
26/10/2012 Dumfries Scotland 1–0 Victory Shield
23/11/2012 Ballymena Wales1–1 Victory Shield

Current squad

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub

Harry Reeves Manchester city

Other recent call-ups

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub

Jack Scott (Linfield) Ben Whylie (Balymena) Peter"Skeet"McKiernan(Clivinville)

See also

Northern Ireland national football team mens national association football team representing Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football. From 1882 to 1920, all of Ireland was represented by a single side, the Ireland national football team, organised by the Irish Football Association (IFA). In 1921, the jurisdiction of the IFA was reduced to Northern Ireland following the secession of clubs in the soon-to-be Irish Free State, although its team remained the national team for all of Ireland until 1950, and used the name Ireland until the 1970s. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) organises the separate Republic of Ireland national football team.

The Northern Ireland national under-17 football team represents Northern Ireland in association football at under-17 level. It is controlled by the Irish Football Association. The team first competed as Northern Ireland under-16 before evolving into the current under-17 side when UEFA realigned their youth tournaments in 2001. They have qualified for the finals of the UEFA European Under-16 Championships four times and for the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship once (2004). In addition to the UEFA Championships, the team also plays regular friendlies and in minor tournaments from similar age-group teams from throughout the world.

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