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Published May 13, 2023

U16 Girls Junior Premier League Trials

The Foundation will be taking part in the Junior Premier League (JPL) Programme for the 23/24 season, and will be entering a dual banded Girls U16 squad  once again. Therefore, we are inviting girls to trial for our well established and successful U16 squad for the upcoming 23/24 season.

The current team, which is made up of both U15 and U16 female players had a brilliant season! The squad missed out on the U16 league title by 1 point, finishing runners up, alongside reaching the quarter finals of the national knockout trophy.

As we look to strengthen our team for the upcoming season, if you are heading into year 10 or year 11 and are keen to progress with your football, we want to hear from you.

About the Junior Premier League

The Junior Premier League is a player development focused league, driving innovation and ensuring every player has a premier experience. We endeavour to be the world’s best provider of competitive opportunities for development and advancement in youth football. The Junior Premier League is now 11 years old and from a small beginning, we are now England’s only National league for youth players from U7 to U18 and are the largest league in the country with over 25,000 players.

Playing environment – we endeavour to create an environment where development comes first. Competition can be fun, and players do enjoy winning but we focus our ethos on enabling players to express themselves without fear of making mistakes and without fear of the result. The important thing is we educate the coaches and parents before the season and then throughout the season to understand and support this ethos.

Minimum game time rule – every player selected for a matchday squad must play at least 50% of the game.

Club Standards – JPL carefully selects all clubs to ensure they are offering a great environment for players. This isn’t only in terms of coaching resource but it’s also important for players to have an environment where they feel safe to train and play and that the club has the appropriate infrastructure in place to allow them to be the best athlete they can be.

Trial Details

The trials will be taking place on Tuesday 6 and Tuesday 13 June between 17:30-19:15 on the practice pitch at Portman Road, and are for players in School Year 10 (U15) and Year 11 (U16) from September 2023. Each participant must only book onto ONE of the two dates. Players selected for a “call back” after the above dates will be invited to a selection game on Saturday, 24 June (date subject to change).

To book a place on the trial, click HERE.

The 23/24 Season

Once trials are complete, we shall select a maximum squad of 20 players to be signed to the Ipswich Town Squad. A matchday squad consists of 16 players for each match based on squad rotations. The team commitment will involve squad specific training session on a Tuesday evening located at Portman Road, with matches taking place on Saturdays across the East Region.  We ask all players and parents to check their availability to commit to the requirements for the new season before registering for the trial. Players may also sign for their grassroots team, providing this doesn’t clash with any JPL commitments.

For more information, please contact Girls Football Development Manager Harry Watts at