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  • U16 boys: Durham 0 South Yorkshire 4
  • U18s: Durham 3 South Yorkshire 0
  • U18s: Durham 7 Cleveland 2 -- Durham finish top of the group and will have home advantage in the semi-final against Merseyside.
  • U14 girls: Durham 3 Cleveland 1 -- Durham qualify for the Northern Counties final


The inaugural DCSFA Futsal Finals will take place on Tuesday 27 March at Sport Central, which is part Northumbria University in Newcastle, starting at 3pm. Associations held their own competitions to find winners in the U12, U14 and U16 age groups.

U12: Durham Johnston School (Bishop Auckland SFA), Tanfield School (Chester-le-Street SFA), Cardinal Hume Catholic School (Gateshead SFA) and The Academy at Shotton Hall (East Durham SFA)

U14: Staindrop School (Bishop Auckland SFA), North Durham Academy (Chester-le-Street SFA), Whickham School & Sports College (Gateshead SFA) and The Academy at Shotton Hall (East Durham SFA)

U16: Staindrop School (Bishop Auckland SFA), North Durham Academy (Chester-le-Street SFA) and Heworth Grange School (Gateshead SFA)

The winner in each age category will progress to the regional round of the FA Youth Futsal Festival.


Fraser Colling (Sunderland College) and Ceiran Jackson (SFAC Foundation, Shildon) made their schools' international debut in the Centenary Shield match against Republic of Ireland at Kenilworth Road. Luton Town FC. The game finished 0-0. The next game for ESFA is on Friday 23 March when the team play Scotland at Bootham Crescent, York City FC ko 7p. The match will be televised on FreeSports (Sky channel 424 and Freeview channel 95).


Zoe Ness, who attended Durham Johnston School and represented DCSFA, made her internatinal debut for Scotland in their 2-0 win over New Zealand when the two countries met recently in Spain. Zoe made her full international debut when she was a second half substitute. Three days later Zoe gained her second cap when the countries again met with Scotland once more winning 2-0.

Two other former County Schools' players, Poppy Pattinson (Kepier School) and Bridget Galloway (Cardinal Hume Catholic School), represented England at the recent Women's U19 International La Manga Tournament. From the 3 games played England were unbeaten winning 2 and drawing the other.


  • School Teams: This will be held on Wednesday 21 March at St George's Park Graves, Sheffield commencing 12 noon. DCSFA will be represented by St Margaret's CE Primary School, Durham.
  • Soccer Sevens: This will be held on Wednesday 21 March at Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle commencing 1pm. DCSFA will be represented by All Saints RC Primary School, Lanchester.
  • Girls' Trophy: This will be held on Thursday 24 March at St George's Park Graves, Sheffield commencing 12 noon. DCSFA will be represented by Hill View Academy, Sunderland.
  • Inter-association: This will be held on Saturday 24 Match at Academy of Light, Sunderland FC commencing 2.30pm. DCSFA will be represented by Darlington PSFA.


ESFA's partners at The Premier League are offering the opportunity for all Primary Schools to apply for free Nike football kit. The  Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme opens for applications from Tuesday 20 February and schools registered to Premier League Primary Stars can apply for the kit and equipment.

Schools can claim 14 pieces of children's kit, plus a tracksuit for the teacher.

The equipment package also includes 12 Nike match balls, training bibs, pop-up goals, and many other things that teachers can use to create active classroom sessions.

You can find more information by following this link:


The following county finals have been arranged and will be played at The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham

  • Monday 26 March U19 League Cup ko 4.45pm: Durham Johnston v Park View
  • Monday 26 March U15 County Cup ko 4.45pm: Framwellgate v St Wilfrid's RC College or St Joseph's Catholic Academy
  • Tuesday 27 March U16 Bert Hodgson Trophy ko 4.15pm: Hurworth v Easington Academy
  • Wednesday 28 March U19 Senior Knock-out Cup ko 4.15pm
  • Wednesday 18 April U15 Londonderry Cup ko 4.15pm: Dyke House Sports & Technology College v Monkwearmouth Academy
  • Thursday 19 April U13 TUC Cup ko 4.15pm: Cardinal Hume Catholic School v High Tunstall College of Science or St Wilfrid's RC College
  • Thursday 19 April U14 Hartlepool Hospital Cup ko TBC
  • Tuesday 24 April U19 League Play-off ko TBC
  • Thursday 26 April U14 CIC Cup ko 4.15pm: St Leonard's RC v Cardinal Hume Catholic School or Framwellgate
  • Thursday 26 April U16 Lambton Trophy ko TBC
  • Wednesday 2 May U19 Albert Knox Trophy ko TBC: QE College, Darlington v New College, Durham
  • Thursday 3 May U14 South Tyneside Centenary Cup ko 4.15pm
  • Thursday 3 May U15 Sunderland Children's Hosptial Cup ko TBC

U12 Crompton & Harrison Cup Final will take place on Friday 4 May at Eastbourne Sports Complex, Darlington ko 4pm


Girls' Trophy: The 1st round of this competition will take place at various venues throughout the County on Wednesday 14 March. Round 1 arrangements

Year 4 Trophy: The 1st round of this competition will take place at various venues throughout the County on Wednesday 21 March. Round 1 arrangements

Primary Inter-association 9-a-side: Following the qualifying group matches the second part of the district season gets underway with teams competing for either the Harrison Cup or the Harry Charlton Memorial Trophy:

  • Harrison Cup: Fixtures for Saturday 3 March were cancelled because all pitches were unplayable. Games due to be played on Saturday 10 March are Newcastle v Darlington and Redcar & Cleveland v Sunderland
  • Harry Charlton Memorial Trophy: This begins on Saturday 10 March with Washington at home to East Northumberland and Stockton playing Wallsend.

Derwent & Medomsley Cup: Darlington and Wallsend progressed into the quarter-finals with victories over Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough respectively. Newcastle, by beating Stockton, are into the semi-final and have home advantage.

Ty McGurk 5-a-side Trophy: The final will be played at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington on Tuesday 20 March commencing 4pm. Schools participating in the final are Clover Hill Community Primary School (Blaydon PSFA), Red Rose Primary School (Chester-le-Street PSFA), St George's CE Academy (Darlington PSFA) and Seaburn Dene Primary School (Sunderland PSFA).

Tony Carter Memorial 5-a-side Trophy: Darlington PSFA, by remaining unbeaten, were winners of this competition for the 5th time. North Tyneside PSFA, as in 2016-17 were runners-up. In a separate competition for 'B' teams North Tyneside  topped the group with Washington PSFA finishing as runners-up.

ESFA Danone Nations Inter-association Trophy: The most closely contested County 7-a-side tournament, for many seasons, took place at the Academy of Light. Darlington, Sunderland and Washington all finished with 9 points but the Quakers, with the best goal difference of the three emerged victorious, and were presented with the Tony Carter Memorial Trophy. Darlington PSFA, who had finished as runners-up in the 3 of the last 4 competitions, will represent DCSFA in the North Region round of the ESFA Danone Nations Inter-association Trophy.

Girls' District Cup Competition: Four teams took part in the Girls' District Cup with Sunderland emerging victorious at the completion of the round robin tournament.

Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup: The Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup, which is for small schools in the county, was won for the third time by All Saints RC Primary School, Lanchester. The 4 schools playing in the final entertained the spectators will many goals being scored. The Lanchester school triumphed, on the night, by winning their 3 matches. All Saints RC will represent DCSFA in the North Region round of the ESFA Danone Nations Small Schools' Soccer Sevens.

Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy: Easington Colliery Primary School failed in their attempt to achieve a hat trick of victories in this competition. The honour, this season, went to St Margaret's CE, Durham thus winnning the trophy for the second time. The four teams contesting this year's final found goal scoring difficult but St Margaret's were able to gain 2 narrow wins. The other 4 matches were draws. St Margaret's CE will represent DCSFA in the North Region round of the ESFA Danone Nations Schools' Cup for School Teams.

Peter Dunn Trophy: The district season began with Chester-le-Street PSFA, Darlington PSFA, Stockton PSFA and Sunderland PSFA participating in a "round robin" tournament for the Peter Dunn Trophy. The tournament was won by Sunderland with Chester-le-Street finishing as runners-up.



  • U16 Boys: Greater Manchester v Cheshire on Wed 28 March


  • U16 Girls: Northumberland finish top of the East League and have home advantage against Greater Manchester in the Northern Counties semi-final. In the West League Lancashire have finished top and will be at home to Cleveland. (Final Tables)
  • U16 Boys: Merseyside 3 Lancashire 0. By beating Durham 4-0 South Yorkshire finish top of the East League and a home tie in the Northern Counties semi-final. North Yorkshire, second in the group, will play the winners of the West League. Lancashire (7 pts), Greater Manchester (6 pts) and Cheshire (6 pts) are in contention for the semi-final places. The final match between Greater Manchester and Cheshire will decide which of the 3 teams will make progress. (Tables at 17.03.18)
  • U18s: Lancashire, winners of the West League, will at home to Northumberland in the semi-final. Durham, after gaining the victory they required in their last match, moved to the top of the East League and will host Merseyside in the other semi-final. (Final Tables)


To read issue 16 of ESFA Membership Matters please use the following link: February Newsletter.

ESFA U12 GIRLS 5-A-SIDE FINAL sponsored by Running Imp Trophies & Medals

Kepier School will have to wait in their attempt to become national champions as the event scheduled for Monday 5 March was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions occurring throughout the country. A new date will be announced in the coming days.


Congratulations to Durham Johnston School on reaching the national final after beating St Ivo School (Huntingdon SFA) 3-1 in the semi-final. As a consequence of this excellent result Durham Johnston prevented St Ivo from reaching their third consecutive final as they were winners in 2017 and runners-up in 2016. In the final Durham Johnston will play Blenheim High School (Kingston SFA).


Kepier School, Houghton-le-Spring reached the national final by beating Thomas Telford School (Telford & Wrekin SFA) 2-0 in the semi-final. Their opponents in the final will be Whitgift School (Croydon SFA).


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