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FIFA BEST 2021 AWARDS

Beverley Priestman, who attended Moorside Community Technical College and represented DCSFA U16 Girls from 2000 to 2002, is a nominee for the 2021 FIFA Best Women's Coach following her success in guiding Canada to the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Former DCSFA U16 Girls player Rachel Furness, who scored a hat trick in Northern Ireland's recent World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia, took her tally to 36 goals for her country which equalled David Healy's goalscoring record for Northern Ireland.

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ESFA INTERNATIONAL TRIALS

Under 15 Girls

Congratulations to Emily Cassap and Amelia Freeman on having a successful time at the recent North v Midlands trial match. From the trial both girls have been selected to represent the North against the South in the final trials for the schools' international squad. This will be held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Sunday 12th December.

Under 18 Boys

Following a day of intensive trials Matthew Waller, Sam Johnston and Jordan Plunkett have been selected to represent the North against the Midland in the second round of international trials at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Sunday 28th November.

PRIMARY NEWS

Inter-association competitions

Harrison Trophy (20.11.21)

Newcastle consolidated top spot in the Harrison League with a hard-earned win over North Tyneside. South Northumberland had a good victory over Sunderland. No games scheduled for 27th November as a number of teams are involved in the ESFA 9-a-side Cup.

Tony Carter 5-a-side Trophy

This competition has been arranged for Saturday 8th January 2022 at Louise Centre, Stanley.

Tony Carter 7-a-side Trophy

This was originally scheduled for Saturday 18th December 2021 but has been postponed and will be played at a later date.

ESFA 9-a-side Inter-association Cup

Chester-le-Street, Darlington and Sunderland progressed into the second round of the competition with victories over Wallsend, Derwentside and Peterlee respectively. In Round 2 Chester-le-Street travel to Wakefield, Darlington are away to Huyton and Sunderland have a home tie against Kingston-upon-Hull. Matches are due to be played by Saturday 27th November.

Inter-school competitions

Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy

By winning their three matches Emmaville Primary School won the Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy for the first time. Schools participating in the final were:

Emmaville will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA U11 7-a-side Schools' Cup for School Teams.

Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup

St Cuthbert's RC Primary School were undefeated in the final thus winning the cup for the first time. The schools that played  in the final were:

St Cuthbert’s will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA U11 7-a-side Small Schools' Cup.

ESFA Schools' Cup for Girls

The County final of this competition will take place on Thursday 2nd December at Chester-le-Street Riverside commencing 4pm. Schools competing in the final are:

FA COACH MENTOR PROGRAMME (FUTSAL)

Bruce Vause, who teaches at Heworth Grange School, has recently been appointed as an FA Coach Mentor (Futsal) for the North-East. The aim of the role is to support, encourage and challenge coaches to manage their own learning within their own context. He is hoping to work with coaches/teachers who want to develop their Futsal specific knowledge and coaching skills. If any coaches/teachers are delivering Futsal in the curriculum or as a co-curricular activity and are interested in the programme then please contact him at Bruce.Vause@thefa.com.

DCSFA FUTSAL COMPETITIONS FOR 2021-22

Secondary Boys

DCSFA Futsal Finals will take place at the Beacon of Light, Sunderland on Friday 4th March 2022 from10am until 4pm.

Associations need to deliver an inter-school Futsal competition to provide a county finalist at the following age groups:

Associations must complete competitions and provide finalists by Friday 11th February 2022. Association secretaries please inform Bruce Vause of the winning team via email Bruce.Vause@consilium-at.com.

Secondary Girls

DCSFA will also hold a Futsal Finals day for girls. This will help to embed girls football in secondary schools and make the game more inclusive for all. This will also fit with the FA’s vision to ensure that every girl has equal access to football in school by 2024.

Associations need to deliver an inter-school Futsal competition to provide a county finalist at the following age groups:

Associations must complete competitions and provide finalists by Friday 11th February 2022.

Bruce Vause has been liaising with Daniel McElhone (Durham FA) who is keen to support this event. All enquiries to Dan (Daniel.mcelhone@durhamfa.com).

Finals will take place on Friday 18th March 2022 at the Beacon of Light, Sunderland.

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REPORTS

19/11/21

A heavy defeat

26/10/21
Five Durham players trial for international selection
18/10/21
A narrow victory
17/10/21

A good start to the season