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Check out everything Durham FA has to offer for Women's & Girl's Football!


Women and Girls football in England continues to grow and on the back of the Women’s UEFA European Championships which take place in England this summer, there has never been a better time to get involved in the game whether that is as a player, coach or referee.

Below we have various FA programmes and events which are currently available for women and girls to join and take part in.

For more information on opportunities around Women and Girls Football please email Helen.Edwards@DurhamFA.com or Sophie.Hughes@DurhamFA.com

Durham FA Girls Summer Holiday Course

On Thursday 18th August and Friday 19th August Durham FA hosted a girls only football holiday course camp at Riverside Sports Complex which saw 40 girls aged 6-11 year olds take part in the course. 

Squad Goals


This is a new programme devised by the FA to provide girls between the ages of 12-14 a fun, relevant and engaging recreational offer that allows them to develop themselves as much as their football skills in a safe, inclusive environment. We currently have three Squad Girl providers who run weekly sessions throughout the County. To find and book onto your nearest session please click here or email Sophie.Hughes@DurhamFA.com

Sported Barclays Community Fund  

On Friday 26th August 2022 Sported will be opening their ‘Barclays Community Football Fund’ which is available for any clubs who are looking to create new female or disability teams/ sessions at their club. Clubs will receive £500 worth of funding to use towards the running of the new team/ session as well as additional benefits which will be listed below.

Please note that each club can only apply for one funding pot in each funding window. However, the club will be able to apply in the next two funding windows for additional funding if required to create additional teams in the future.

Additional benefits of the funding include:

Weetabix Wildcat


Weetabix Wildcats sessions are non-competitive football for girls aged 5-11 years who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new amazing friends. We currently have 41 Weetabix Wildcat providers who run weekly sessions throughout the County. To find and book onto your nearest session please click here or email Sophie.Hughes@DurhamFA.com

Durham FA Girls PDC


The Durham FA Girls Player Development Centre runs on a Friday evening at the Riverside Sports Complex Chester le Street. It caters for U11-U16 girls who also continue to play for their Grassroots Football Club; last season we engaged 90 females in the programme.
The programme offers an opportunity for girls to receive additional coaching to support their on-going development. The sessions are age appropriate whilst being engaging and challenging. All of the coaches who lead the sessions are Level 2, 3 or A Licensed.
We will be releasing the details of our Girls Player Development Centre for the 22-23 season shortly. Information will be available on our website and on our social media channels when details have been confirmed. If you would like further information or would like to register your interest for your daughter to attend next season then please email Sophie.Hughes@DurhamFA.com

Leam Rangers 4


On Sunday 3rd July 2022 Durham FA organised an U15’s Girls 7v7 tournament at Riverside Sports Complex involving 12 teams from across the North East.
After an exciting final played in good spirits by both teams Gateshead Leam Rangers came out on top as 2-0 winners and took home the Durham FA U15’s Girls 7v7 Trophy for July 2022.

DCFA Girls Summer Football 2022


We are organising a Durham FA Girls Mini Soccer Summer Event on Wednesday 3rd, 4th & 5th August 2022 for girls teams playing U7’s, U8’s, U9’s & U10’s in Season 22-23. The event will take place on the 3G pitch at Riverside Sports Complex in Chester Le Street. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce your new Under 7's to organised games (All players must be at least 6) as well as Under 9's playing in the 7v7 format for the first time. For Under 8's and Under 10's this is a brilliant opportunity to play in friendly fixtures in a safe and controlled environment in preparation for the new season.

To enter your team please complete our online form here

U14s U15s Sunday League


New for Season 22-23 is the introduction of the Durham FA U14’s & U15’s Girls Sunday League. 15 teams have entered over the two age groups. Applications are still open for new teams to enter therefore for more information please email Mark.Smith@DurhamFA.com or phone 0191 3872929 (Option 2, Option 2).

Womens Rec Centre


Whether you're a Mam, an Auntie or a friend and fancy giving football a go for the first time or would love to get back into the game, we have three women’s recreational football sessions available for you to get involved regardless of your ability, age or fitness levels which currently take place in Hebburn, Gateshead and Chester le Street. For session information including information on how to book, please click here

Womens Rec Tournament


On Sunday 19th June Durham FA ran their first Women’s Recreational Football Tournament at Maiden Castle in Durham which saw over 90 women take part on the day. Players for the event included women who had never played football before as well as women who were looking to get back into the game after a number of years out the game. It was great to see so many women of all ages take part in the event, see them enjoying playing football and see so many of their family members on the side-lines' cheering them on.

If you would like more information on Women’s Recreational Football and the sessions available for you to join please click here

Womens Rec League


Building on the success of our recent Women’s Recreational Football Tournament, Durham FA are setting up a monthly women’s recreational league which will take place once a month for non-affiliated players to take part in from October 2022. The league will be 7v7 and will run once a month where teams will play a minimum of two games a month against other women’s recreational teams in the County. To find out more information on the league, please email Helen.Edwards@DurhamFA.com

Womens League


The Durham County FA Women’s League continues to grow from strength to strength with 27 teams entering for Season 22-23. This will see the League split into three divisions; League One, League Two and Development Division ensuring that the League caters for all abilities. To keep up to date with the League for Season 22-23 please click here. Applications are still open for new teams to enter therefore for more information please email Mark.Smith@DurhamFA.com or phone 0191 3872929 (Option 2, Option 2).

Female Coach Dev


During the course of season 2021-22, Durham County FA have delivered three free Female Only Coach Development Events that have been really well received, with over 55 female coaches engaging in CPD. The aim of the group is to provide a safe environment for female coaches to learn and grow as well as giving them the opportunity to network and learn from other female coaches within the County. We will be delivering 4 Female Coach Development Group CPD events for season 2022-23 on the following dates; Monday 3rd October 2022, Wednesday 7th December 2022, Thursday 2nd February 2023 & Tuesday 25th April 2023. To register your name for the programme and receive information on the up and coming CPD events please click here.


On Monday 19th September 2022 at Durham County FA between 6pm- 8pm we will be running a stepping over the sidelines’ workshop in partnership with the FA for any females who are looking to get into coaching and for any male club officials/ coaches who are looking for ideas to attract more female coaches to their club.

Stepping Over The Side lines is an introductory workshop for those who would like to get into volunteering and coaching football.

The workshop aims to break down some of the barriers such as, “I have no playing or coaching experience” or “I don’t know the rules” and looks at skills & attributes that individuals may already hold which can be transferable to coaching football. It is also hoped that the workshop will inspire individuals by highlighting other positive role models who are influencing change within the game. Finally, the workshop gives a flavour of the prospective next steps, including the EE Playmaker by England Football and the Introduction to Coaching football course.

To book onto the workshop then please follow the below link: