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Congratulations to Franccesca Dee-Ann Hackett, Kiera Skelton and Lily Phipps who have been selected for the North squad to play the Midlands following last Sunday's trials at Harrogate Town FC. The North v Midlands regional trial for the ESFA U15 squad is to be held at Stafford Town FC on Sunday 10 November




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.


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.


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.

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Futsal is designed to provide coaches with a variety of full court games and practices to develop players in possession, out of possession and in transition.

Futsal Level 1

Futsal Level 2


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: September 2019 click here to view


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.

Peter Dunn Trophy: This early season competition, which used a round robin format, was won, for the first time, by Washington PSFA with Chester-le-Street PSFA finishing as runners-up.

Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy: The final will take place on Wednesday 23 October at Pelton Community Primary School commencing 4pm. The winning team will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Under 11 Schools' Cup for School Teams later in the season. Schools participating in the final are:

St Margaret's will be hoping to achieve a hat trick of victories. Easington Colliery will be aiming for their 4th success in 7 seasons. Abbey Road will be hoping to be the first Darlington school to win this competition. St Bede's will also be looking for their first success

Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup: St John Bosco RC, by winning their three matches in the competition's finale, won the Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup, which is for small schools, for the first time. St John Bosco will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Under 11 Small Schools' Soccer Sevens later in the season.

Finalists were:




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