Scotland national under-18 football team

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Scotland Under-18
AssociationScottish Football Association
Head coachBilly Stark[1]
First colours
Second colours
First international
UEFA European Under-18 Championship
Appearances18 (first in 1949)
Best resultWinners (1982)

The Scotland national under-18 football team is the national football team representing Scotland for players of 18 years of age or under at the start of a denoted campaign. The team, which is controlled by the Scottish Football Association, acts as a feeder team to the Scotland national football team.

History[edit]

Scotland's best performance at a European Championship Finals occurred in 1982, when they won the tournament.[2][3] The team was then managed by Andy Roxburgh and Walter Smith, who would both go on to manage the senior side. Scotland defeated rivals England in the qualifying round and finished top of Group 4, which also included the Netherlands. Scotland beat Poland 2–0 in the semi-finals and Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the final.

Scotland reached the semi-finals on seven other occasions. Scotland hosted the 1970 tournament, where they won a group containing Bulgaria, Sweden and Italy, but then lost 1–0 to Netherlands in the semi-final. In the 1978 tournament, hosted by Poland, Scotland topped a group containing Germany and Italy to qualify for the semi-final, where they lost on penalties to Yugoslavia.

The age group of the competition was adjusted upwards by one year for the 2002 tournament, with Scotland entering an under-19 team from then on. The Scotland under-18 team consequently fell into abeyance, aside from sporadic friendly matches including double-headers against Serbia in April 2012, Israel in April 2013 and the Czech Republic in October 2014.[4]

In 2018, recognising a gap in progression for the best players of the relevant age (several of whom were Performance School participants fast-tracked into the under-17s but not ready for the step up to under-19s), the SFA announced that the under-18 team would be re-established to offer more match experience as part of the same group.[5][6]

Coaches[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

European Championships[edit]

  • 1948–1954 – FIFA Junior Tournament
  • 1955–1980 – UEFA Junior Tournament
  • 1981–2001 – UEFA European U-18 Championship

For results since 2001, see Scotland national under-19 football team.

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
England 1948 Did not enter
Netherlands 1949 6th place 2 0 0 2 2 4
Austria 1950 Did not enter
France 1951
Spain 1952
Belgium 1953
West Germany 1954
Italy 1955
Hungary 1956
Spain 1957
Luxembourg 1958
Bulgaria 1959
Austria 1960
Portugal 1961
Romania 1962
England 1963 Third place 5 3 0 2 12 6
Netherlands 1964 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 10 7
West Germany 1965 Group stage 2 1 1 0 2 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1966 Group stage 3 1 2 0 4 3
Turkey 1967 Qualification round
France 1968 Group stage 3 2 0 1 6 2
East Germany 1969 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 5 5
Scotland 1970 Third place 5 3 1 1 11 4
Czechoslovakia 1971 Qualification round
Spain 1972 Group stage 3 2 0 1 6 4
Italy 1973 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
Sweden 1974 Third place 5 3 1 1 11 4
Switzerland 1975 Qualification round
Hungary 1976 Withdrew
Belgium 1977
Poland 1978 Fourth place 5 2 2 1 5 5
Austria 1979 Group stage 3 2 0 1 5 5
East Germany 1980 Qualification round
West Germany 1981 Group stage 3 2 1 0 3 1
Finland 1982 Winners 5 4 1 0 11 2
England 1983 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 4
Soviet Union 1984 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1986 Fourth place 3 1 0 2 1 2
Czechoslovakia 1988 Qualification round
Hungary 1990 Qualification round
Germany 1992 Qualification round
England 1993 Qualification round
Spain 1994 Qualification round
Greece 1995 Qualification round
France 1996 Qualification round
Iceland 1997 Qualification round
Cyprus 1998 Qualification round
Sweden 1999 Qualification round
Germany 2000 Qualification round
Finland 2001 Qualification round
Total 18/50 66 34 12 20 104 68

Notes

  • First qualifying round and Preliminary round are the same stage
  • Elite round, Intermediary round and Second qualifying round are the same stage
  • Gold background indicates tournament win, Silver background colour indicates second-place finish.
  • Draws also include penalty shootouts, regardless of the outcome.

Other tournaments[edit]

Year Competition Result GP W D* L GS GA Ref
Spain 1973 Atlantic Cup Third Place 2 1 1 0 2 1 [7]
Spain 1974 Atlantic Cup Third Place 3 0 0 3 2 2 [7]
France 1976 Cannes Junior Tournament Winners 4 3 1 0 8 2 [8]
France 1977 Cannes Junior Tournament Third Place 4 2 1 1 6 5 [8]
France 1979 Monaco Junior Tournament Third Place 4 3 1 0 4 0 [9]
Spain 1979 Atlantic Cup Winners 3 2 1 0 11 1 [7]
France 1980 Monaco Junior Tournament Fifth Place 3 1 1 1 3 2 [9]
France 1981 Cannes Junior Tournament Fifth Place 4 2 1 1 4 4 [8]
France 1982 Monaco Junior Tournament Fifth Place 2 0 0 2 0 4 [9]
Netherlands 1984 Four Nations Tournament Fourth Place 3 0 1 2 1 4 [10]
France 1985 Cannes Junior Tournament Sixth Place 1 1 2 1 3 4 [8]
Italy 1985 Four Nations Tournament Winners 3 2 1 0 5 2 [10]
Belgium 1986 Four Nations Tournament Fourth Place 3 0 1 2 1 5 [10]
Scotland 1987 Four Nations Tournament Third Place 3 1 1 1 3 3 [10]
Italy 1988 Four Nations Tournament Fourth Place 3 0 0 3 2 7 [10]
Netherlands 1989 Four Nations Tournament Runners up 3 1 1 1 1 2 [10]
Belgium 1990 Four Nations Tournament Fourth Place 3 0 1 2 5 8 [10]
Scotland 1991 Four Nations Tournament Third Place 3 0 2 1 0 1 [10]
Italy 1992 Four Nations Tournament Third Place 3 1 0 2 6 4 [10]
Netherlands 1993 Four Nations Tournament Runners up 3 1 2 0 5 3 [10]
Belgium 1994 Four Nations Tournament Winners 3 2 1 0 4 1 [10]
Scotland 1995 Four Nations Tournament Third Place 3 1 0 2 5 6 [10]
Denmark 1996 Four Nations Tournament Winners 3 2 0 1 8 3 [10]
Netherlands 1997 Four Nations Tournament Winners 3 2 1 0 4 2 [10]
Belgium 1998 Four Nations Tournament Runners up 3 2 0 1 4 2 [10]
Scotland 1999 Four Nations Tournament Winners 2 2 0 0 5 1 [10]
Denmark 2000 Four Nations Tournament Winners 2 1 1 0 3 1 [10]
Belgium 2001 Four Nations Tournament Third Place 3 1 1 1 1 1 [10]
Denmark 2003 Four Nations Tournament Third Place 3 1 0 2 6 8 [10]
Slovenia 2004 Slovakia Cup Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 3 7 [11]
Scotland 2004 Four Nations Tournament Runners up 2 0 2 0 0 0 [10]
France 2007 Limoges Tournament Third Place 3 0 1 2 3 6 [12]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for a tournament hosted by Turkey in September 2019.[13]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Elliot Anderson England Newcastle United
Connor Barron Scotland Aberdeen
Ciaran Dickson Scotland Rangers
Thomas Dickson-Peters England Norwich City
Josh Doig Scotland Hibernian
Finn Ecrepont (2002-07-30) 30 July 2002 (age 17) Scotland Ayr United
Jamie Hamilton (2001-07-14) 14 July 2001 (age 18) Scotland Hamilton Academical
Kai Kennedy Scotland Rangers
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton England Watford
Cammy Logan Scotland Heart of Midlothian
Lewis Macari England Stoke City
Reece McAlear Scotland Motherwell
Connor McAvoy England Fulham
Joe McGlynn England Burnley
Stuart McKinstry England Leeds United
Jack Newman England Sunderland
Kane Patterson England Burnley
Cieran Slicker England Manchester City
Connor Smith (2002-02-01) 1 February 2002 (age 17) Scotland Cowdenbeath (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)
Andrew Winter Scotland Hamilton Academical

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scotland Under-18 squad announced for Spain-based friendly double-header". Scottish Football Association. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ "History – Scotland sweep to U18 triumph". UEFA.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. ^ McCall, Chris (11 November 2015). "The forgotten Scotland team that won the Euros". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Scotland Under-18s: Fixtures and results". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Scotland to introduce Under-18 national side". Scottish Football Association. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Scotland to introduce Under 18s national team as part of youth development plan". Daily Record. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Torneo Internacional Juvenil "Copa del Atlantico" (Gran Canaria)". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d "Tournoi Juniors U-18 de Cannes". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Tournoi Juniors U-18 de Monaco". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "U-18 Four Nations Tournament". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Slovakia Cup (U-17/U-18)". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  12. ^ "U-18 Tournament Limoges (France)". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  13. ^ @ScotlandNT (5 September 2019). "Billy Stark has named a 20-strong Scotland Under-18s squad for an International Tournament taking place in Turkey between 23-26 September" (Tweet). Retrieved 5 September 2019 – via Twitter.