|Association||Scottish Football Association|
|Head coach||Scot Gemmill|
|Most caps||Christian Dailly (35)|
|Top scorer|| Scott Booth (8) |
Jordan Rhodes (8)
12 October 1976
6 September 1995
13 August 2013
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1980 )|
|Best result||Semi-finalists (1982, 1992, 1996)|
The Scotland national under-21 football team, controlled by the Scottish Football Association, is Scotland's national under 21 football team and is considered to be a feeder team for the Scotland national football team.
The Scottish Football Association is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Members of the SFA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national associations as well as local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world. It is not to be confused with the Scottish Football Union, which is the name that the SRU was known by until the 1920s.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It competes in the three major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA European Championship. Scotland, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games. The majority of Scotland's home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park.
As a European under-21 team, Scotland compete in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which is usually held every other year. The team has qualified for the final stages of these Championships on six occasions, although not since 1996. There is no global tournament for under-21 national teams. Performance in the European Championship determines qualification for football at the Summer Olympics, which Scotland is unable to compete in.
Football at the Summer Olympics, commonly known as football or soccer, has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men's competition sport, except 1896 and 1932. Women's football was added to the official program at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Scotland played under-23 international matches, mainly friendlies against England and Wales, from 1955 until 1975.Scotland first entered the UEFA competition for under-23 national teams in 1975–76. Scotland reached the quarter-finals, but were eliminated on a penalty shootout by the Netherlands. An under-21 team then came into existence, replacing the under-23 team, when UEFA reduced the age limit.
Scotland under-21s have reached the last four of the European tournament three times (1982, 1992 and 1996), while appearing in the quarter finals on three other occasions (1980, 1984 and 1988). The team qualified for the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics, but were unable to compete due to Scotland not being independently represented in the International Olympic Committee.Similar to the full national side, however, the under-21 team has not qualified for a finals tournament since the late 1990s. The under-21 team reached the playoff round for the 2004 and 2011 tournaments, but lost to Croatia and Iceland respectively.
The football competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics was the first Under-23 competition. The competition features 16 men's national teams from the six continental confederations. The 16 teams are drawn into four groups of four and each group plays a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at Camp Nou on 8 August 1992.
The 1996 Men's Olympic Football Tournament, played as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics, was hosted in Birmingham, Alabama, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Florida, Miami, Florida and Athens, Georgia. From 1992 onwards, male competitors should be under 23 years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad. The tournament featured 16 national teams from the six continental confederations. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at Sanford Stadium on August 3, 1996.
The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Created by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
|1978||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||4|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||1||4|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||13|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||2||2||4||8||11|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||2||1||7||10||20|
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided by a penalty shootout.
|Toulon Tournament||Sixth Place||4||1||1||2||6||7|
|Toulon Tournament||Third Place||3||2||1||0||5||3|
|Toulon Tournament||Eighth Place||3||0||0||3||0||7|
|Toulon Tournament||Third Place||4||2||0||2||3||2|
|Toulon Tournament||Sixth Place||3||1||1||1||3||3|
|Toulon Tournament||Fourth Place||4||2||0||2||4||7|
|Toulon Tournament||Ninth Place||4||0||3||1||2||4|
|Three Nations Tournament||Winners||2||1||1||0||2||1|
|Toulon Tournament||Third Place||5||3||0||2||8||7|
|Toulon Tournament||Fourth Place||5||2||2||1||5||5|
Archie Knox left his post as Scotland's National Youth Teams Coach on 30 August 2007 to take up a full-time with Bolton Wanderers as coaching co-ordinator, Maurice Malpas took temporary charge. In January 2008 the SFA appointed a new full-time coach in Billy Stark, who left his job as manager of Second Division side Queen's Park to take the position.Stark resigned from the position in November 2014.
Archibald Knox is a Scottish football player and coach. He was most recently the assistant manager of Aberdeen until leaving the club in March 2013.
Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a professional football club in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in EFL League One, the third tier of English football. Formed as Christ Church Football Club in 1874, it adopted its current name in 1877 and was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. Bolton have spent more seasons than any other club in the top flight without winning the title. They finished third in the First Division in 1891–92, 1920–21 and 1924–25. Bolton won the FA Cup three times in the 1920s, and again in 1958. The club spent a season in the Fourth Division in 1987-88 before regaining top-flight status in 1995 and qualifying for the UEFA Cup twice, reaching the last 32 in 2005–06 and the last 16 in 2007–08.
Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas is a Scottish football player and coach. He signed for Dundee United in 1979 and spent his entire professional playing career with the club until his retirement in 2000. With him United were Scottish champions in 1983 and Scottish Cup winners in 1994. European runs there included reaching the 1983-84 European Cup semi final and the 1987 UEFA Cup Final.
|2005–2006||Maurice Malpas (caretaker)|
|2007–2008||Maurice Malpas (caretaker)|
|2014–2015||Ricky Sbragia (caretaker)|
|2015||Danny Lennon (caretaker)|
|1||Christian Dailly||Dundee United||1990–1996||35|
|2||Steven Pressley||Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United||1993–1996||27|
|=4||Craig Easton||Dundee United||1997–2001||22|
|=4||Gary Naysmith||Heart of Midlothian||1996–1999||22|
|=7||Stuart Armstrong||Dundee United||2010–2014||20|
|=7||Jamie McCunnie||Dundee United, Ross County, Dunfermline Athletic||2001–2005||20|
|=7||Jordan McGhee||Heart of Midlothian||2013–2017||20|
|=10||Stevie Crawford||Raith Rovers||1994–1996||19|
|=10||Mark Wilson||Dundee United, Celtic||2004–2006||19|
Note:Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21 team. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.
|=1||Jordan Rhodes||Huddersfield Town||2011–2012||8|
|=3||Jim Hamilton||Dundee, Heart of Midlothian||1995–1997||6|
|=8||Christian Dailly||Dundee United||1990–1996||5|
|=8||Steven Naismith||Kilmarnock, Rangers||2005–2008||5|
|=8||Steven Thompson||Dundee United||1997–1999||5|
Note:Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.
The team is for players born in the year 21 years before the starting year of each tournament.As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the under-21s, senior side and then return to the under-21 side. It is now also possible to play for one country at youth level and another country at senior level (providing the player is eligible). For instance, Nigel Quashie played for England under-21s and Scotland. Until the late 1980s, teams were allowed to select some over-age players in the under-21 team, similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics.
The following players were selected for Euro 2023 qualification matches with San Marino and Croatia in September 2019.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Ross Doohan||29 March 1998||5||0|
|GK||Robby McCrorie||18 March 1998||5||0|
|DF||Daniel Harvie||14 July 1998||5||0|
|DF||George Johnston||1 September 1998||2||0|
|DF||Ross McCrorie||18 March 1998||12||0|
|DF||Tom McIntyre||6 November 1998||1||0|
|DF||Ryan Porteous||25 March 1999||8||0|
|DF||Patrick Reading||29 May 1999||1||0|
|MF||Allan Campbell||4 July 1998||15||0|
|MF||Lewis Ferguson||24 August 1999||3||0|
|MF||Billy Gilmour||11 June 2001||8||1|
|MF||Jordan Holsgrove||10 September 1999||2||0|
|MF||Stephen Kelly||13 April 2000||0||0|
|MF||Kyle Magennis||26 August 1998||1||0|
|MF||Kyle McAllister||21 January 1999||1||0|
|MF||Lewis Smith||16 March 2000||0||0|
|FW||Fraser Hornby||13 September 1999||9||6|
|FW||Michael Johnston||19 April 1999||8||1|
|FW||Connor McLennan||5 October 1999||0||0|
|FW||Glenn Middleton||1 January 2000||6||0|
|FW||James Scott||30 August 2000||0||0|
The following players have also been called up to the Scotland under-21 squad and remain eligible (current clubs shown).
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Josh Donaldson||5 May 2000||0||0|
|GK||Ross Munro||1 April 2000||0||0|
|GK||Robbie Mutch||20 August 1998||0||0|
|DF||Jamie Brandon||5 February 1998||2||0|
|DF||Chris Hamilton||13 June 2001||3||0||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|DF||Sean Mackie||4 November 1998||1||0|
|DF||Barry Maguire||27 April 1998||2||1|
|DF||Calvin Miller||9 January 1998||1||0|
|DF||Anthony Ralston||16 November 1998||5||0||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|MF||Iain Wilson||15 December 1998||7||0|
|MF||Theo Archibald||5 March 1998||1||0|
|MF||Liam Burt||1 February 1999||5||0||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|MF||Adam Frizzell||22 January 1998||0||0|
|MF||Jake Hastie||18 March 1999||2||0|
|MF||Ben House||5 July 1999||2||0|
|MF||Callumn Morrison||5 July 1999||0||0|
|MF||Harvey St Clair||13 October 1998||3||0||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|MF||David Turnbull||10 July 1999||2||0|
|MF||Elliot Watt||11 March 2000||3||0|
|FW||Frank Ross||18 February 1998||0||0|
|FW||Oli Shaw||12 March 1998||3||0|
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