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Congratulations to Francesca Dee-Ann Hackett, Kiera Skelton and Lily Phipps who have been selected for the North squad to play the Midlands following last Sunday's trials at Harrogate Town FC. The North v Midlands regional trial for the ESFA U15 squad is to be held at Stafford Town FC on Sunday 10 November


  • Northern Co East League - Northumberland U16 boys 2 Durham 0
  • Northern Co East League - Northumberland U16 girls 1 Durham 3. Scorers og, Erin Nocholson & Rebecca Bell
  • ESFA R1 - Durham U14g 1  Greater Manchester 1 - Gtr Manchester won 4 - 2 on pens. Scorer Lily West


  • Wednesday 23 October - Friendly - Cleveland v Durham U14g at Northfield School ko 6pm
  • Monday 4 November - ESFA  R1 - Humberside U16g v Durham (a)
  • Saturday 9 November - ESFA  R1 - Durham U16b v Merseyside at at Longfield School ko 1pm


The September County Meeting included a presentation from Alex Clark (DFA Referee Development Officer) regarding the new laws of the game for this season in schools football including the use of temporary dismissals (Sin bins). This was extremely useful. If anyone missed the presentation and would like to know more about temporary dismissals please click here to read.


Bruce Vause has been informed by the FA that the schools competitions for the ESFA Youth Futsal Cup will now be delivered by County FAs.

In 2018-19 the U11, U13 and U15 county winners progressed to the regional rounds of the ESFA Futsal Cup. In 2019-20 only the U11 and U13 winners will progress.

The deadline for the County event to take place is Monday 6 January 2020. DCSFA have been given dispensation by the FA to deliver our finals on Thursday 9 January 2020 at the Beacon of Light, Sunderland. The change in date now means that associations must complete their competitions and provide finalists by Monday 16 December 2019.

Bruce met with Laura Pye (Football Development Officer: Futsal and Leadership) at Durham FA and she does not want to disrupt and dismantle the good work DCSFA have done over the last two years with the format of our county cups. She wants to support our work and in order to meet with the new competition guidelines will take over the running of the finals day.


Durham FA have some opportunities available for coaches and teachers to expand their knowledge and understanding of futsal.

The FA Level 1 course introduces coaches to a number of practices from which the basic technical demands of Futsal can be developed.

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Futsal is designed to provide coaches with a variety of full court games and practices to develop players in possession, out of possession and in transition.

Futsal Level 1

Futsal Level 2


ESFA have issued guidelines for County and District Associations regarding the eligibility of players who can play representative football. These guidelines can be accessed by using the following link ESFA Guidelines.

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Harrison Cup: All teams in the competition will play each other once. The association to finish in first place, upon the completion of the fixtures, will be awarded the trophy. Teams that finish the competition in places one to five will then play for the Richard Jordan Memorial Trophy whilst the remaining four teams will play for the Harry Charlton Memorial Trophy.

  • 19.10.19: Darlington moved into first place, on goal difference over Newcastle, after beating Stockton in a high scoring game. Redcar & Cleveland, with victory over Washington, moved into third place. North Tyneside had a good away win at East Northumberland. The game between Sunderland and South Northumberland was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
  • Fixtures for Saturday 26 October are East Northumberland v Newcastle, Sunderland v Washington and Redcar & Cleveland v Darlington.

Peter Dunn Trophy: This early season competition, which used a round robin format, was won, for the first time, by Washington PSFA with Chester-le-Street PSFA finishing as runners-up.

Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy: The final will take place on Wednesday 23 October at Pelton Community Primary School commencing 4pm. The winning team will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Under 11 Schools' Cup for School Teams later in the season. Schools participating in the final are:

  • St Margaret's CE Primary School (Chester-le-Street PSFA)
  • Easington Colliery Primary School (Peterlee PSFA)
  • Abbey Road Primary School (Darlington PSFA)
  • St Bede's RC Primary School (Washington PSFA)

St Margaret's will be hoping to achieve a hat trick of victories. Easington Colliery will be aiming for their 4th success in 7 seasons. Abbey Road will be hoping to be the first Darlington school to win this competition. St Bede's will also be looking for their first success

Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup: St John Bosco RC, by winning their three matches in the competition's finale, won the Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup, which is for small schools, for the first time. St John Bosco will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Under 11 Small Schools' Soccer Sevens later in the season.

Finalists were:

  • Bloefontein Primary School, Stanley (Derwentside PSFA)
  • Kelloe Primary School (Durham City PSFA)
  • St John Bosco RC Primary School (Sunderland PSFA)
  • St Patrick's RC Primary School, Langley Moor (Durham City PSFA)


  • Kelloe v Bloefontein: Kelloe got their tournament off to a good start with victory over Bloefontein.
  • St John Bosco v St Patrick's: SJB gained a narrow victory over St Patrick's.
  • St Patrick's v Kelloe: St Patrick's opened up a good first half lead but Kelloe fought back in the second half. However, St Patrick's gained their win.
  • St John Bosco v Bloefontein: SJB eased to their second victory.
  • Kelloe v St John Bosco: Going into this game SJB had to make sure they did not suffer defeat to win the cup. This they did by gaining a slender one goal margin victory over Kelloe.
  • Bloefontein v St Patrick's: Bloefontein, who had suffered two defeats, were unfortunate not to gain a victory in their last match but had to settle for a draw. With this draw St Patrick's finished runners-up.




  • U16 Girls: Cleveland v South Yorkshire (postponed); Northumberland 1 Durham 3
  • U16 Boys: Cleveland 7 South Yorkshire 3; Northumberland 2 Durham 0; North Yorkshire 5 Cumbria 2
  • U18s: Cleveland 0 South Yorkshire 7; North Yorkshire 5 Cumbria 3

Upcoming match

  • U16 Boys: North Yorkshire v Cleveland on 22 Oct



  • U16 Girls: Cheshire 2 Greater Manchester 3
  • U14 Girls: Cheshire 0 Lancashire 6
  • U16 Boys: Merseyside 3 Lancashire 2

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