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In preparation for the forthcoming county schools' season Northumberland and Durham played a friendly and produced a  most entertaining match. Northumberland were 2-0 ahead before 5 minutes had elapsed. Durham responded positively to eventually draw level. Northumberland regained the lead but Durham equalised before half time. As the second half progressed Durham gained a 3 goal lead. In the closing stages Northumberland reduced the arrears but the game finished 6-4 in Durham's favour. Goal scorers for Durham were Lucy Mutch, Emily Cassap (2), Grace Ede, Layla Hall and Lily West.


The first meeting of the new season will be on Tuesday 10 September in County Hall, Durham. The meeting will begin at 6pm which is slightly earlier than usual, because Alex Clark from Durham FA has been invited to brief everyone on the new laws that have been introduced this season.


The following Round 1 ties are to be played on or before Saturday 9 November 2019:

  • U14 Girls: Durham v Greater Manchester
  • U16 Girls: Humberside v Durham
  • U16 Boys: Durham v Merseyside
  • U18s: Durham have a bye


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.

DCSFA will still stage competitions for U12 to U16 but only our U13 winners will progress into the national competition.

Bruce will email all association secretaries and futsal contacts to ensure that they deliver events to meet the new deadlines.


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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