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ESFA Statement – Grassroots

Football Members will have seen that the FA have issued a release stating that the grass roots football season is now closed. Following discussions with The FA, the ESFA’s position can now be clarified as follows:

“It remains the ESFA’s intention to put on finals for national schools’ and inter-District/County competitions for the 19/20 season if it is at all possible, even if this means a set of early autumn finals. We strongly believe that pupils and their teachers have earned this honour and it is incumbent upon us to do our utmost to see these competitions through to a fruitful conclusion. We accept that, ultimately, this will be an issue of timing and logistics.

For local, county or regional competitions, you will undoubtedly have rules which state whether you will share a trophy in certain circumstances, or whether you expect a title to be awarded on results: you may therefore be able to extrapolate from that. If your rules are ambiguous in this matter then you may wish to consult with your members before determining how to proceed.

Should you have any local, county or regional leagues which are still in operation, please contact the ESFA for advice”

Please refer to the NHS, WHO or Government advice for the latest position. You can find Government guidance here: Guidance for the public.

Further information on the virus can be found here: Coronavirus Overview

Specific advice for schools on the DfE website: Guidance to educational settings


SCHOOLS CUP FOR SCHOOL TEAMS: The round due to be played at Harrogate Town FC on Wednesday 18 March has been postponed.

INTER-ASSOCIATION CUP: ESFA have been informed by Sunderland Academy that because of the Coronavirus outbreak, all academies have been closed down for the immediate future, thus the Danone inter-association 7-a-side on Saturday 28 March has been postponed.

FA HEADING GUIDANCE (released 26/2/20) Click here to view


All finals are postponed until such time as it might be  possible to play them.

The DCSFA Cup Final dates are listed below. They will all take place at the Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham DH1 3SE and will kick off at 4.30pm. All at present are on target but may be subject to change.

  • Tuesday 24th March – U15 County Cup Final: St John's RC v Cardinal Hume Catholic School
  • Wednesday 25th March – U16 Bert Hodgson Final: High Tunstall College of Science v North Durham Academy or St Robert of Newminster RC
  • Thursday 26th March – U18 League Cup Final
  • Monday 30th March – U15 Londonderry Cup Final: St Joseph's Catholic Academy v St Wilfrid's RC College or Cardinal Hume Catholic School
  • Wednesday 1st April – U18 Senior Knockout Final
  • Thursday 2nd April – U14 CIC Final
  • Tuesday 21st April – U14 South Tyneside Centenary Cup Final
  • Thursday 23rd April – U18 League Play off final
  • Friday 24th April – U13 TUC Final
  • Wednesday 29th April – U14 Hartlepool Hospitals Cup Final
  • Thursday 30th April – U15 Sunderland Childrens Hospitals Cup Final
  • Friday 1st May – U16 Lambton Trophy Final

The following finals will take place at Washington Hub, Washington NE37 3HR

  • Tuesday 24th March - U14 Girls County Cup Final: St Joseph's Catholic Academy v Cardinal Hume Catholic School
  • Tuesday 31st March - U13 Girls County Cup Final 
  • Wednesday 22nd April – U12 Crompton & Harrison Final
  • U16 Girls County Cup - St Bedes RC Lanchester 1 Durham Johnston 1 (St Bedes won 4-1 on pens)


  • N Co - North Yorkshire U18 1 Durham 6 Steven Johnson (3), Ben Reay, Charlie Hindson, Ellis Creeighton
  • N Co - North Yorkshire U16b 4 Durham 1 James Harrison
  • N Co - Cleveland U18 2 Durham 1 Ben Reay

U18s v North Yorkshire: Click on thumbnail to view larger image then use PREVIOUS key to return.



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.


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.





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.

Futsal Level 1



  • Small Schools' Soccer Sevens: St John Bosco RC were unable to make progress in the competition.
  • Schools' Cup for School Teams: at Harrogate Town FC on Wednesday 18 March. DCSFA will be represented by Easington Colliery Primary School.
  • Inter-association: ESFA have been informed by Sunderland Academy that, as all academies have been closed down for the immediate future, the Danone inter-association 7-a-side on Saturday 28 March has been postponed.
  • Schools' Cup for Girls: Date and venue to be confirmed. DCSFA will be represented by Easington Colliery Primary School.

Ty McGurk 5-a-side Trophy (Schools)

  • Finalists are: Hill View Junior Academy (Sunderland PSFA); Harlow Green Community Primary School (Felling PSFA); Rickleton Primary School (Washington PSFA); Cestria Primary School (Chester-le-Street PSFA)

Girls' Trophy: The competition which was to begin on Wednesday 18 March has been cancelled.

Year 4 Trophy: The competition which was to begin on Wednesday 25 March has been cancelled.

Tony Carter Memorial Trophy (5-a-side): This inter-association tournament was won, for the first time, by Washington PSFA with Chester-le-Street PSFA finishing in second place. The "B" competition was won by Sunderland PSFA with Darlington PSFA as runners-up.

Tony Carter Memorial Trophy (Inter-association 7-a-side): After each team had played four matches only Darlington PSFA and Chester-le-Street PSFA were in with a chance of winning the competition. Which of the two teams would qualify for the North Region Finals depended on the outcome of the last match between the two. The game ended with victory to Darlington. With this triumph Darlington completed a hat-trick of victories in the competition and 4th time overall. They will represent DCSFA in the North Region round of the ESFA Danone Nations Inter-association Trophy.

ESFA Danone Nations Small Schools' Soccer Sevens: At the ESFA AGM a rule change was passed which affects entry into this competition. Currently, schools with fewer than 100 pupils on roll in Key Stage Two and not more than 30 pupils in Year 6 are allowed to enter. From season 2020-21 schools with 65 or fewer pupils in total in Years 5 and 6 will be able to enter this competition.

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.

  • 14.03.20: The Harrison Cup decider between Redcar & Cleveland and Newcastle was not played because all grassroots football in the Teesside area was postponed.

Derwent & Medomsley Cup:

  • 14.03.20: Chester-le-Street beat South Northumberland to earn an away quarter-final tie against Darlington.




  • U14 Girls: The semifinals are Northumberland v Greater Manchester and Lancashire v Durham. (League table at 22.01.20)
  • U16 Girls: Durham, having completed their East League fixtures were unbeaten and finished top and have a home tie in the Northern Counties semi-final. Northumberland, Cleveland and South Yorkshire are all vying for the remaining East League semi-final spot. Who will qualify will depend on the result of the final match between Cleveland and South Yorkshire. (League table at 15.01.20)
  • U16 Boys: North Yorkshire ave won the league and play Merseyside in the semi-final. Northumberland have finished runners up and are away to Lancashire. Northumberland 1 North Yorkshire 4, North Yorkshire 4 Durham 1, South Yorkshire 0 North Yorkshire 6 (League table at 14.03.20)
  • U18s: Cleveland 2 Durham 1, North Yorkshire 1 Durham 6 South Yorkshire finish top of the East League and have home advantage in the semi-final. Nothumberland finish runners up and will be away in the semi. (Final League table)



  • U14 Girls: The semifinals are Northumberland v Greater Manchester and Lancashire v Durham. Merseyside 2 Lancashire 12, Lancashire 7 Greater Manchester 0 (Final League table)
  • U16 Girls: Merseyside 1 Lancashire 5, Lancashire 4 Greter Manchester 0 (League table at 16.03.20)
  • U16 Boys: Lancashire topped the West League ahead of Merseyside on goal difference. In the semi-finals Lancashire will host Northumberland whilst Merseyside travel to North Yorkshire. West Yorkshire 0 Merseyside 3 (Final League table)
  • U18s: Merseyside, by beating Lancashire 4-3, have moved to the top of the West League on goal difference and a place in the Northern Counties semi-finals. Lancashire must wait upon the outcome of Cheshire v Humberside to see if they progress in the competition. (League table at 02.03.20)


Durham agonisingly finish one goal short of progressing to the semi finals
Easy win for Durham to go to the top of the table
Durham ease into the ESFA quarter finals
Durham edge close game

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