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CORONAVIRUS

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

ESFA DANONE NATIONS' NORTH REGION FINALS

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

DCSFA CUP FINALS 2020

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.

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

RESULTS

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

 

NEW LAWS OF THE GAME FOR THIS SEASON

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.

REPRESENTATIVE FOOTBALL

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.

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS: MARCH 2020 CLICK HERE to view

DFA PRIMARY PE CONFERENCE: MONDAY MARCH 30th 2020 BOOK HERE

FUTSAL

FUTSAL CPD

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

PRIMARY NEWS

ESFA DANONE NATIONS' CUP: NORTH REGION FINALS

Ty McGurk 5-a-side Trophy (Schools)

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.

Derwent & Medomsley Cup:

NCSFA

EAST LEAGUE

Results

WEST LEAGUE

Results

REPORTS

11/03/20
Durham agonisingly finish one goal short of progressing to the semi finals
07/12/19
Easy win for Durham to go to the top of the table
03/12/19
Durham ease into the ESFA quarter finals
24/11/19
Durham edge close game