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DANNY FAGAN RIP


Danny Fagan passed away on Saturday 13 July. He was secretary of Durham County SFA from 1977 to 1981. He was a mainstay of Stanley Schools' FA for many years until its amalgamation with Derwent Valley around 1980 to form Derwentside SFA.

HEADING: FA RULING

The Football Association are introducing a new rule to phase out heading in youth football over the next three seasons.

For further detailed information use the following link to the FA website. The FA

U16 GIRLS COUNTY TRIALS

The following Girls have been selected to come to an invitation trial for U16 Girls County team On Tuesday 16th July at St Josephs in Hebburn 4pm - 5.30pm

Chloe Jackson, Amelie Louise Crumpton, Layken Hardy, Amy Colligan, Amy Howarth, Lola Stokes, Alex Conn, Ellen Swan, Macey Bangura, Olivia Richardson, Neve Sewell, Beth Lowdon, Amber Robinson, Lily Mae Middleton, Alesha Flores Milan, Grace Stubbs, Evie Jarvis, Mia Maddison Neal, Amelie Jones, Ellie Mitchell, Mille Richardson, Anna Rowntree, Maisie Christer Burton, Teigan Wilson, Emma Cook, Lucy Cuthbertson, Honey Haddlesey, Eden Alderson, Leila Hughes, Sienna Beth Small, Molly Wilson, Eve Webster, Lucy Cuthbertson, Lucy Phillips

U14 GIRLS COUNTY SQUAD 2024-25

The following girls have been selected for the above squad for the 2024-25 season. Only these 16 girls need to attend a training session at Consett Academy on Wednesday 17th July from 4.15-6pm.

Katie Bewick, Isla-Burdon-Watson, Alisha Hewitt, Anna Hind, Ava Howe, Sophie Howe, Eve Izomor, Tia Jenkins, Isobel Kilpatrick, Poppie Phillipson, Molly Reeks, Georgia Rignall-Howie, Emily Robson, Lily Scott, Saisha Snowdon, Lydia Turns

NORTH EAST REGION FUTSAL

Regional Girls Futsal Festival

On Thursday 13th June 2024, Durham CSFA and Northumberland CSFA delivered a Regional Girls Futsal Festival at Sport Central (Northumbria University).

U12 and U13 Girls teams from across the North-East participated in a festival designed to provide an opportunity for the players to compete against different schools in a friendly, fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The event was made possible through the award of a grant from the English Schools Football Association. The funding meant that the event could be staged in a world-class sports facility and allowed staff from both County’s to work together on the project.

The standard of play was impressive considering that there were some schools involved who were playing inter-school futsal for the very first time.

Well done to the 150+ players that took part from the following schools:

  • U12 Durham Schools- Emmanuel College, St Joseph’s RC Academy, St Robert of Newminster, Durham Johnston, Whickham, Boldon.
  • U12 Northumberland Schools- Ponteland, Walker Riverside Academy.
  • U13 Durham Schools- Emmanuel College, St Joseph’s RC Academy, Durham Johnston, Whickham.
  • U13 Northumberland Schools- Ponteland, Walker Riverside Academy, North Gosforth Academy, Blyth Academy.

Finally, a special mention to the Year 10 Sports Leaders from Heworth Grange School (Durham) who did a fantastic job as match referees, scorekeepers and timekeepers.

Boys Futsal - Durham v Northumberland

On Thursday 13th June 2024 at Sport Central (Northumbria University) for the very first time the County Futsal Cup winners from Durham and Northumberland played against each other in a showcase fixture.

In the Year (U12) game, after 40 minutes of play, Cardinal Hume (Durham) and Walker Riverside Academy (Northumberland) could not be separated, and the match finished level at 3-3. Walker won the subsequent penalty shoot-out to take the title of the best team in the North-East.

In the Year 8 (U13) game, Whickham (Durham) played out a highly entertaining 6-6 draw with Walker Riverside Academy (Northumberland). Once again, penalty kicks were required with the Northumberland school coming out on top again.

Congratulations to all the players involved, this pilot shows that there is appetite and potential for an annual Inter-County competition between the two County SFA’s.

MINI SOCCER AT A GLANCE: Season 2024-25

 

Under 7

Under 8

Under 9

Under 10

Max permitted format

5 v 5

5 v 5

7 v 7

7 v 7

Ball size

3

3

3

3

Offside

No

No

No

No

Throw ins

No

No

No

Yes

Pass or dribble in

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Back pass rule

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Corners

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Retreat line

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power play

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Deliberate heading allowed

No – if occurs an indirect free kick to the opposition

No – if occurs an indirect free kick to the opposition

No – if occurs an indirect free kick to the opposition

Yes unless league has opted to include U10s


MINI SOCCER AT A GLANCE: Season 2025-26

 

Under 7

Under 8

Under 9

Under 10

Max permitted format

5 v 5

5 v 5

7 v 7

7 v 7

Ball size

3

3

3

3

Offside

No

No

No

No

Throw ins

No

No

No

No

Pass or dribble in

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Back pass rule

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Corners

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Retreat line

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power play

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Deliberate heading allowed

No – if occurs an indirect free kick to the opposition

No – if occurs an indirect free kick to the opposition

No – if occurs an indirect free kick to the opposition

No – if occurs an indirect free kick to the opposition


PASS OR DRIBBLE-IN: Under 7 to Under 9 (2024-25) AND Under 7 to Under 10 (2025-26)

  • Traditional throw-ins will no longer take place and will be replaced by a pass or dribble-in.

DELIBERATE HEADING

No deliberate heading for Under 7s up to and including Under 9s.

  • Deliberately heading the ball is an offence punishable by an indirect free kick. The indirect free kick is taken at the point where the ball was deliberately headed, except:
  • Where a player deliberately heads the ball within their own penalty area, the referee will stop the game and restart with an indirect free kick to the opposition from the nearest side line of the penalty area where the offence took place.

SPONSORSHIP

DCSFA are looking for sponsors to allow the association to continue providing excellent football opportunities for male and female players in the schools, academies and colleges across the County from primary through to tertiary.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of the activities that we provide please read the information letter using this link (information) or contact kgilbertson@hotmail.co.uk

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