Scotland national under-16 football team
|Association||Scottish Football Association|
|Head coach||Dean Gorré|
|Best result||Runner-up (1989)|
|European Under-16 Championship|
|Appearances||9 (First in 1985)|
|Best result||First stage (9 occasions)|
The Scotland national under-16 football team represents Scotland in international football at the under-16 age level. It is controlled by the Scottish Football Association, the governing body for football in Scotland. The coach is Dean Gorré.
The Scotland under-16s' best tournament performance was as runners up in the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship under manager Craig Brown. Despite leading Saudi Arabia 2–0 in the final after goals from Ian Downie and Paul Dickov, the match finished 2–2 after extra time. Scotland lost the subsequent penalty shoot-out in front of over 50,000 fans at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Some media commentators reported suspicions, which were shared by Craig Brown and former Scottish Football Association secretary Ernie Walker, that Saudi Arabia had fielded ineligible over-age players in the competition.
FIFA U-16 World Cup Championship record
|1985||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1987||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
UEFA European U-16 Championship record
|1982||Qualifying stage (quarter finals)||4||2||0||2||8||6|
The Scotland under-16s compete in the Victory Shield tournament, which is contested annually. The competition is currently sponsored by Sky Sports. Scotland have won the Victory Shield outright on 17 occasions, most recently in 2013, and were joint champions on a further 10 occasions, most recently in 2003.
The Scotland under-16s also play in an occasional Nordic Cup competition with the under-16 teams of Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Iceland. The 2010 tournament also featured the under-16 sides of Finland, Faeroe Islands, Denmark and England.
In recent years, Scotland have played a two-leg international friendly match against an under-18 side picked by the football association of Jersey. The matches are used as a warm-up for competitive fixtures and have often taken place in Springfield Stadium in Jersey's Springfield Park. Despite the age gap and Jersey's home advantage, Scotland have won convincingly in some of these matches. In other friendlies since 2008, Scotland have faced the under-16 teams of Malta, Kazakhstan, Guernsey Portugal and Spain.
- The following players were called up for the Victory Shield match against England, at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton upon Trent on 29 November 2012.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Robby McCrorie||18 March 1998||6||0||Rangers|
|GK||Conor Cullen||20 February 1997||0||0||Celtic|
|DF||Jack Breslin||6 April 1997||5||0||Celtic|
|DF||Adam Hodge||31 January 1997||0||0||Kilmarnock|
|DF||Michael Kelly||3 November 1997||9||0||Aberdeen|
|DF||Aidan McIlduff||20 April 1997||2||0||Celtic|
|DF||Richie Petrie||20 February 1997||7||0||Aberdeen|
|DF||Sam Wardrop||20 October 1997||5||1||Celtic|
|MF||Steven Boyd||12 April 1997||7||1||Celtic|
|MF||Ross Finnie||20 September 1997||3||0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|MF||Greg Kiltie||18 January 1997||5||1||Kilmarnock|
|MF||Aidan Nesbitt||5 February 1997||7||0||Celtic|
|MF||Aaron Scott||1 July 1997||7||0||Heart of Midlothian|
|MF||Joe Thomson||14 January 1997||4||0||Celtic|
|FW||Calvin Miller||9 January 1998||6||1||Celtic|
|FW||Joseph James||28 October 1998||4||6||Dundee United|
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