Scotland national under-16 football team

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Scotland Under-16
AssociationScottish Football Association
Head coachStuart McLaren[1]
First colours
Second colours
World Cup
Appearances1
Best resultRunner-up (1989)
European Under-16 Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1985)
Best resultFirst 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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5][6][7]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-16 World Cup Championship record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
China 1985 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Canada 1987 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Scotland 1989 Runners Up 6 3 2 1 8 3
Total 1/3 6 3 2 1 8 3

UEFA European U-16 Championship record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Italy 1982 Qualifying stage (quarter finals) 4 2 0 2 8 6
West Germany 1984 Qualifying stage 4 1 1 2 4 9
Hungary 1985 First stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Greece 1986 First stage 3 2 0 1 6 2
France 1987 First stage 3 0 2 1 4 6
Spain 1988 Qualifying stage 2 0 1 1 1 2
Denmark 1989 First stage 3 0 2 1 4 5
East Germany 1990 First stage 3 0 1 2 2 9
Switzerland 1991 Qualifying stage - - - - - -
Cyprus 1992 First stage 3 2 0 1 6 2
Turkey 1993 Qualifying stage - - - - - -
Republic of Ireland 1994 Qualifying stage - - - - - -
Belgium 1995 First stage 3 0 1 2 3 6
Austria 1996 Qualifying stage - - - - - -
Germany 1997 Qualifying stage - - - - - -
Scotland 1998 First stage 3 0 2 1 1 3
Czech Republic 1999 Qualifying stage 2 1 0 1 3 2
Israel 2000 Qualifying stage - - - - - -
England 2001 First stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Total 9/19 27 6 8 13 32 43

Victory Shield[edit]

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,[8] and were joint champions on a further 10 occasions, most recently in 2003.[9][10]

In the 2011 competition, which took place in March, Scotland finished as runners up to England, losing 2–1. They had only needed a draw to win the tournament.[11]

Nordic Cup[edit]

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.[12] The 2010 tournament also featured the under-16 sides of Finland, Faeroe Islands, Denmark and England.[13]

Other Tournaments[edit]

Year Competition Result GP W D* L GS GA Ref
Italy 1979 Torneo Citta di Udine Runners up Full results unknown [14]
Portugal 1995 Algarve Tournament Runners up 3 1 1 1 7 3 [15]
Malta 1999 Malta Tournament Winners 2 1 1 0 4 2 [16]
Northern Ireland 2000 Ballymena Tournament Fifth Place Full results unknown [17]
Northern Ireland 2002 Ballymena Tournament Sixth Place Full results unknown [17]
Northern Ireland 2003 Ballymena Tournament Winners 4 3 1 0 6 3 [17]
Switzerland 2003 Three Nations Tournament Runners up 2 1 0 1 1 3 [18]
Northern Ireland 2004 Ballymena Tournament Third Place 4 2 1 1 8 4 [17]
Northern Ireland 2005 Ballymena Tournament Third Place 4 3 0 1 7 4 [17]
Turkey 2006 Aegean Cup Eighth Place 3 0 0 3 2 12 [19]
Northern Ireland 2006 Ballymena Tournament Seventh Place 4 0 1 3 0 7 [17]
Northern Ireland 2007 Ballymena Tournament Fifth Place 4 1 3 0 5 3 [17]
Russia 2012 Star Way Tournament Third Place 4 3 0 1 4 2 [20]
Russia 2013 Star Way Tournament Fifth Place 4 2 1 1 6 5 [20]
Turkey 2014 Aegean Cup Seventh Place 3 0 2 1 2 5 [19]
2014 Friendly Tournament Fourth Place 3 0 0 3 0 6 [21]
Scotland 2017 Oriam Tournament Winners 3 3 0 0 11 0 [22]

Friendly matches[edit]

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.[23][24] In other friendlies since 2008, Scotland have faced the under-16 teams of Malta, Kazakhstan, Guernsey Portugal and Spain.[25]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following players were called up for an International Development Tournament, hosted by Malta, in March 2019.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jay Hogarth Scotland Rangers
1GK Tom Ritchie Scotland Aberdeen
2DF Lewis Coulton England Preston North End
2DF Adam Devine Scotland Rangers
2DF Leon King Scotland Rangers
2DF Mackenzie Lamb England West Bromwich Albion
2DF Dane Murray Scotland Celtic
2DF Fergus Owens Scotland Hamilton Academical
2DF Calvin Ramsay Scotland Aberdeen
2DF Leon Watson Scotland Heart of Midlothian
3MF Josh Adam Scotland Celtic
3MF Matthew Craig England Tottenham Hotspur
3MF Kevin Hanratty Scotland Aberdeen
3MF Cole McKinnon Scotland Rangers
3MF Chris Mochrie Scotland Dundee United
4FW Adam Brooks Scotland Celtic
4FW Jaden Ferguson Scotland Celtic
4FW Barry Hepburn Scotland Celtic
4FW Arron Lyall Scotland Rangers
4FW Liam Smith Scotland Kilmarnock

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stuart McLaren confirmed as national youth team coach". Scottish FA. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Gorre ready for Italian job". Scottish Football Association. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  3. ^ "U16 World Cup Squad of 1989 Reunite". Scottish Football Association. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Match report: Saudi Arabia 2-2 Scotland a.e.t. 5:4 PSO". FIFA. 24 June 1989. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Ex-SFA chief still raging 20 years on from day Scotland were cheated in a World Cup final". Daily Record. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Freeze frame: FIFA under-16 World Cup Final, 24 June 1989 Scotland 2 Saudi Arabia 2 (after extra time): Saudi Arabia won 5-4 on penalties". The Scotsman. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Caught in Time: Scotland reach World Youth Cup final in 1989". The Times. 23 May 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  8. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/20245/9055505/andy-walker-blogs-on-a-bright-future-for-scottish-football
  9. ^ "Scotland U16 boss Ross Mathie looks to break Victory Shield jinx". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Big footsteps, bright futures Famous names to the fore in a promising array of talent in Scotland's under-16 squad". The Herald. Newsquest. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Under-16s: England 2 -1 Scotland - England deny battling Scots in Victory Shield". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Fletcher wins Scotland call-up". The Daily Telegraph. 29 July 2000. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  13. ^ "International experience for Kevin Clancy". Scottish Football Association. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  14. ^ "U-16 Torneo Citta di Udine (Italy)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Various Youth Tournaments Portugal". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  16. ^ "U-16 Tournaments Malta". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Ballymena U-16 Tournament". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  18. ^ "U-16 Three Nations Tournament (Switzerland) 2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  19. ^ a b "U-15 Bora Özturk Cup andU-16/U-17 Aegean Cup (Turkey)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Valentin Ivanov Memorial U-16 (Russia)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Friendly Tournament: Honduras 2-0 Scotland". SFA. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
    "Friendly Tournament: Ecuador 2-0 Scotland". SFA. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
    "Friendly Tournament: Mexico 2-0 Scotland". SFA. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  22. ^ "WATCH: Scotland v Uruguay Under-16s". SFA. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
    "Friendly Tournament: Scotland 2-0 Uruguay". SFA. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Jersey boys suffer Scotland loss". BBC Sport. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  24. ^ "Junior football reports; Good workout for Scots". BBC Sport. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  25. ^ "Men's U16 results archive". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 17 July 2011.

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