Scotland national under-18 football team

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.

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)

HistoryEdit

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]

CoachesEdit

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place / semi finals     Fourth place  0000 Tournament held on home soil  

UEFA European U-18 Championship RecordEdit

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  1948 Did not enter
  1949 6th place 2 0 0 2 2 4
  1950 Did not enter
  1951
  1952
  1953
  1954
  1955
  1956
  1957
  1958
  1959
  1960
  1961
  1962
  1963 Third place 5 3 0 2 12 6
  1964 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 10 7
  1965 Group stage 2 1 1 0 2 1
  1966 Group stage 3 1 2 0 4 3
  1967 Qualification round
  1968 Group stage 3 2 0 1 6 2
  1969 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 5 5
  1970 Third place 5 3 1 1 11 4
  1971 Qualification round
  1972 Group stage 3 2 0 1 6 4
  1973 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
  1974 Third place 5 3 1 1 11 4
  1975 Qualification round
  1976 Withdrew
  1977
  1978 Fourth place 5 2 2 1 5 5
  1979 Group stage 3 2 0 1 5 5
  1980 Qualification round
  1981 Group stage 3 2 1 0 3 1
  1982 Champions 5 4 1 0 11 2
  1983 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 4
  1984 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 5
  1986 Fourth place 3 1 0 2 1 2
  1988 Qualification round
  1990 Qualification round
  1992 Qualification round
  1993 Qualification round
  1994 Qualification round
  1995 Qualification round
  1996 Qualification round
  1997 Qualification round
  1998 Qualification round
  1999 Qualification round
  2000 Qualification round
  2001 Qualification round
Since 2002 See Scotland national under-19 football team
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
  • Draws also include penalty shootouts, regardless of the outcome.

Other tournamentsEdit

Year Competition Result GP W D* L GS GA Ref
  1973 Atlantic Cup 3rd 2 1 1 0 2 1 [7]
  1974 Atlantic Cup 3rd 3 0 3 0 2 2 [7]
  1976 Cannes Tournament 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2 [8]
  1977 Cannes Tournament 3rd 4 2 1 1 6 5 [8]
  1979 Monaco Tournament 3rd 4 3 1 0 4 0 [9]
  1979 Atlantic Cup 1st 3 2 1 0 11 1 [7]
  1980 Monaco Tournament 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2 [9]
  1981 Cannes Tournament 5th 4 2 1 1 4 4 [8]
  1982 Monaco Tournament 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4 [9]
  1984 Four Nations Tournament 4th 3 0 1 2 1 4 [10]
  1985 Cannes Tournament 6th 4 1 2 1 3 4 [8]
  1985 Four Nations Tournament 1st 3 2 1 0 5 2 [10]
  1986 Four Nations Tournament 4th 3 0 1 2 1 5 [10]
  1987 Four Nations Tournament 3rd 3 1 1 1 3 3 [10]
  1988 Four Nations Tournament 4th 3 0 0 3 2 7 [10]
  1989 Four Nations Tournament 2nd 3 1 1 1 1 2 [10]
  1990 Four Nations Tournament 4th 3 0 1 2 5 8 [10]
  1991 Four Nations Tournament 3rd 3 0 2 1 0 1 [10]
  1992 Four Nations Tournament 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 4 [10]
  1993 Four Nations Tournament 2nd 3 1 2 0 5 3 [10]
  1994 Four Nations Tournament 1st 3 2 1 0 4 1 [10]
  1995 Four Nations Tournament 3rd 3 1 0 2 5 6 [10]
  1996 Four Nations Tournament 1st 3 2 0 1 8 3 [10]
  1997 Four Nations Tournament 1st 3 2 1 0 4 2 [10]
  1998 Four Nations Tournament 2nd 3 2 0 1 4 2 [10]
  1999 Four Nations Tournament 1st 2 2 0 0 5 1 [10]
  2000 Four Nations Tournament 1st 2 1 1 0 3 1 [10]
  2001 Four Nations Tournament 3rd 3 1 1 1 1 1 [10]
  2003 Four Nations Tournament 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 8 [10]
  2004 Slovakia Cup 4th 4 1 1 2 3 7 [11]
  2004 Four Nations Tournament 2nd 2 0 2 0 0 0 [10]
  2007 Limoges Tournament 3rd 3 0 1 2 3 6 [12]

Current squadEdit

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   Newcastle United
Connor Barron   Aberdeen
Ciaran Dickson   Rangers
Thomas Dickson-Peters   Norwich City
Josh Doig   Hibernian
Finn Ecrepont (2002-07-30) 30 July 2002 (age 20)   Ayr United
Jamie Hamilton (2001-07-14) 14 July 2001 (age 21)   Hamilton Academical
Kai Kennedy   Rangers
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton   Watford
Cammy Logan   Heart of Midlothian
Lewis Macari   Stoke City
Reece McAlear   Motherwell
Connor McAvoy   Fulham
Joe McGlynn   Burnley
Stuart McKinstry   Leeds United
Jack Newman   Sunderland
Kane Patterson   Burnley
Cieran Slicker   Manchester City
Connor Smith (2002-02-01) 1 February 2002 (age 20)   Cowdenbeath (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)
Andrew Winter   Hamilton Academical

ReferencesEdit

  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.