TEAM SIXTEEN is a new intra-school football programme developed by The Football Association along with delivery partners The English Schools FA (ESFA) and The Independent Schools FA (ISFA). It forms The FA’s Level 1 School Games offer, which has been identified as football’s priority level for school games delivery. TEAM SIXTEEN aims to engage secondary school children who are not currently participating in sporting activity outside of regular Physical Education lessons – it’s a great way to give an opportunity to play football for boys and girls who are not part of the school team(s).

The programme also provides leadership opportunities for pupils, encouraging students to be placed in organising roles. At category 2 and 3, we will provide a ‘TEAM SIXTEEN Maker’ pack. The ‘TEAM SIXTEEN Maker’ will be a student from within the school whose role it is to encourage his/her peers to participate in TEAM SIXTEEN, making TEAM SIXTEEN a programme delivered by Young People, for Young People.

There are three ‘Categories’ to TEAM SIXTEEN (see below), allowing schools to deliver a programme on a scale that meets the needs of their students and makes TEAM SIXTEEN accessible to all secondary schools, regardless of teacher and facilities availability.

The online registration system has now re-opened, and will be live until Friday 4th April 2014. Click here to sign up.

The categories are detailed below. Please take a look to decide which one your school would like to apply for.


Maximum number of schools*

Minimum weeks delivery

School offer

FA benefits package




  • Minimum of one intra-school competition  
  • Minimum of one age group, which MUST include students from Year groups 9-11
  • Regular participation (8 weeks minimum)
  • Student leaders are supporting activity
  • Use of TEAM SIXTEEN logos and access to TEAM SIXTEEN full-time site 
  • TEAM SIXTEEN Toolkit
  • TEAM SIXTEEN ‘Just for Girls’ Guide




  • Running intra-school competitions for a minimum 2 school year groups, which MUST include students from Year groups 9-11  
  • Regular participation (12 weeks minimum)
  • Separate Male and Female provision
  • Student Management Team leading the programme within school including one Team Sixteen Maker
  • School making Junior Football Leaders course available for students
  • TEAM SIXTEEN toolkit  
  • Access to Full Time league administration programme
  • TEAM SIXTEEN ‘Just for Girls’ Guide
  • 2 footballs (1 x size 5 and 1 x size 4)
  • 12 bibs (6 x blue and 6 x pink)
  • 1 x set of cones
  • 1 x kit bag
  • 15 x student management team pin-badges
  • 1 x TEAM SIXTEEN MAKERS pack consisting of:
    • Nike t-shirt and hoody for the TEAM SIXTEEN MAKER 
    •   Drawstring bag
    • Incentives for students that attend TEAM SIXTEEN:
      • 80 silicone wristbands
      • 20 water bottles
      • 20 ‘platinum member’ pin badges


*The FA will offer benefit packages at Category 2 and 3 to the first 350 and 150 schools respectively to register and demonstrate meeting the criteria. There will be application windows throughout the year, which will allow this to be managed effectively.