Women and Girls' Football

Welcome to the Women’s and Girls' Football Development section of our website.

Durham County FA help organise, develop and support a wide range of opportunities for females of all ages to participate within football and provide support to clubs, players, coaches and volunteers.

We Can Play

We want more girls, parents and teachers to realise that girls can play. That it’s not just a sport for boys. That girls who play football at home, or with their friends, or at school are just regular girls who love football.

Join The FA in supporting girls' football and sign up to show your support and receive our We Can Play newsletter – we’ll keep you updated with everything girls football-related

We hope more girls have and will see that this is a sport for them.

Thanks for your support, and if you want to find your nearest club just click here.


What is The Talent Development Pathway?

The Girls’ England Talent Pathway has been put in place to support the identification and development of those with elite potential, and to ensure that appropriate playing opportunities are in place to enable players to fulfil their developmental needs. The growth of the game over the past 10 years for girls and women has been incredible, both within the domestic and international remit. Due to the ever changing landscape of the game The FA have reviewed the current infrastructure ensuring that the player pathway meets the demands of producing talented players to compete on an international stage.   

Regional Talent Clubs (RTC)

A new Regional Talent Club (RTC) programme has been launched which will include greater support to clubs who are working with our most talented players. The RTCs will replace all Centres of Excellences. The FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence programme has shown that clubs require opportunity to grow and develop at different rates according to their maturity and growth, as well as the grassroots infrastructure beneath them. The elements of funding and support are required to be different and there is a need to benchmark and level the delivery of the programme across a tiered concept as opposed to a one size fits all model. There has been 35 licences granted across the 3 tiers and licences have been awarded for a maximum of 3 years subject to Sport England and FA funding, and meeting the licence criteria.

Our two Regional Centres for Durham County are Sunderland Foundation of Light (Tier 1) and Durham WFC (Tier 3). Should you wish to nominate any players please contact:

Sunderland Foundation of Light: Kevin Darke: Kevin.Darke@foundationoflight.co.uk

Durham Women’s FC: durhamregionaltalentclub@gmail.com

If you have any further questions about the RTCs please do not hesitate to contact me (Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com / 0191 3872929) or please follow the link to the FA website for further RTC information: www.thefa.com/news/fawsl/2015/oct/application-process-new-fa-girls-regional-talent-clubs-261015

Girls’ Football

Russell Foster Girls’ Youth League runs its leagues from U9s girls – U18s girl’s football.

From 18+ girls teams are signposted in to the Durham County FA County Women’s League.

For more information on starting up any girls teams or for more information on entering the Russell Foster League please contact the below:

New teams – Alysha Cook : Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com / 0191 3872928

Entry into the Russell Foster League – Mick Clark on 0191 5842120

Women’s Football

We have over 50 women's teams across the County providing opportunities for adults of all abilities to get involved. Whether you want to try football for the first time or are an experienced player, we have clubs in the County Leagues right through to The FA Women's Premier League and FA WSL.

Get Fit with Soccercise

We have a range of Soccercise sessions taking place across the County; these sessions are for females aged 16+ and vary from being delivered on club sites, college sites and University sites.

Soccercsie can help introduce you to football, re-familiarise those who haven’t played for a while and even form part of a pre-season training programme for those club who would be interested in using this idea.

If you would like to attend a Soccercise session please contact Alysha Cook on Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com / 0191 3872928

External links

(Durham County FA take no responsibility for content of external links)

Sport England - Welcoming Women and Girls to your club

We Can Play - www.thefa.com/wecanplay
She Kicks - www.shekicks.net/
The FA - www.thefa.com/womens/
FA Womens Super League - www.fawsl.com/

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