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ESFA U16 Inter County Champions 1997, 1999
ESFA U18 Inter County Champions 1987, 1988, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2009


WELCOME to the Northumberland Schools' FA website. You should be able to find out all you need to know about schools' football in the county here.  If you have any comments or queries CONTACT US


SEASON 2020-21

June 15th 2020

In normal times, we would currently be seeking entries for our competitions in the forthcoming season. As we are unsure what the situation will be in schools in the new school year, the Executive Committee has decided to defer any decisions about competitions until September 2020

Likewise, any preparations for running county teams will be deferred until that date.

COVID-19 and school football

March 31st 2020

The Executive Committee of NSFA has decided that the season 2019-20 is now officially closed - in line with other grassroots football.

Competitions will not progress to the final stages.

Stay safe and healthy...


The England Schoolgirls U15 team that defeated the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Dublin on Saturday 7th March to win the John Read Trophy.  Featured are Northumberland players Poppy Pritchard and Rebecca Ferguson - who scored the two goals! Tori Almond, Northumberland's other England player, was injured.


Northumberland Schools FA is delighted to announce the
appointment of Mark Woodhall as their new Operations Officer. 
Many will know Mark from his time working at Northumberland FA.

Mark is founder and MD of a new company, Facility and Sports Club Development and his company will be managing the administration of NSFA - principally working alongside current secretary, Neil Pont, and treasurer, Chris Newman.

All initial enquries regarding NSFA should now be directed to Mark:



ESFA Danone U11 District 7s

Newcastle SFA

ESFA DANONE U11 Small Schools 7s

Walbottle St Cuthbert's Primary School

ESFA Impact Trophies U12 5s (boys)

Highfield Middle School

ESFA Impact Trophies U12 5s(girls)

Ovingham Middle School



ESFA U11 girls District teams 9s

Newcastle SFA

All of these teams will go forward to represent Northumberland SFA in the later stages of these national competitons.



Many congratulations to:

Tory Almond (Kenton)
Rebecca Ferguson (St Mary's)
Poppy Pritchard
(KEVI, Morpeth)

who have been selected for this season's ESFA England U15 girls team


There are no current fixtures...

To be arranged:

Northern Counties semi-finals for U14 girls and U16 boys


Saturday 29th February

NSFA U16 boys 1  North Yorkshire U16s  4

Saturday 25th January

Cumbria U16 boys 2  NSFA U16 boys 4

(Northumberland qualify for the Northern Counties semi-finals, either as group winners or runners up depending on the final round of matches)

Wednesday 22nd January

NSFA U14 girls  4   Durham  2

(Northumberland qualify for Northern Counties semi-final. 
They will host the runners-up from the West Division.)

Saturday 18th January Northern Counties

NSFA U16 boys 3 Cleveland 2

Wednesday 15th January Northern Counties

NSFA U14 girls 3   Cleveland  2

NSFA U16 girls 2  Cleveland  4

Tuesday 14th January Northern Counties

NSFAU18s 3  Cleveland 0

Saturday January 11th, Northern Counties

South Yorkshire U14 girls 0  NSFA  7

South Yorkshire U16 girls 3  NSFA 5

South Yorkshire U16 boys 1 NSFA  4

South Yorkshire U18s 4  NSFA 3

Monday 16th December, Northern Counties

NS FA U18s  3  Durham  3

Saturday October 12th, Northern Counties

NSFA U16 boys 2 Durham 0

NSFA U16 girls 1 Durham 3

Saturday November 9th, ESFA National Trophy Rd 1

Merseyside U16 girls 3 NSFA U16 girls 6 (AET)

Merseyside U18 boys 3 NSFA U18 boys 1

[Teams for these two games shown in News below]

Saturday November 16th, ESFA Trophy Round 1

NSFA U16 boys 3 Cleveland 1

Saturday December 14th

ESFA Trophy Round 2

Merseyside U16 boys 3 Northumberland U16 boys 2

ESFA Trophy Round 2

Northumberland U16 girls 3 Greater Manchester U16 girls 3 (aet)

Greater Manchester won on penalties (4-3)

Northern Counties Championship

Northumberland U18s 4 North Yorkshire 0

Monday December 16th

Northern Counties Championship

Derek Watson Memorial Trophy

Northumberland U18s 3  Durham 3

Thursday December 19th

ESFA National Inter County Trophy Rd 2

Northumberland U14 girls 1   Lancashire 6

WINNERS - Valley Gardens MS


On Thursday 14th November, 8 teams contested the Northumberland County Finals of the ESFA Danone U11 7s for School Teams. These teams qualified for the finals by winning their District competition.

A hard fought final between Valley Gardens (North Tyneside) and Ponteland (South Northumberland) was locked at 0-0 after extra time.  Valley Gardens won the penalty shoot out 2-1 and will progress to represent Northumberland in the North Region finals later in the season.

WINNERS: Redesdale Primary School

On Tuesday 12th November, 8 teams contested the Northumberland County Finals of the ESFA Danone U11 7s for Girls' School Teams.  These teams qualified for the finals by winning their District competition.

The winners were Redesdale PS(Wallsend) who defeated Ovingham MS (West Tyne) in the final.  Redesdale will represent Northumberland at the North Region finals later in the season.


The use of temporary dismissals ("Sin Bins") applies to all football below the professional game for this season.  Schools have been sent a link to The FA's training video - but more information can be found by clicking HERE

The FA Mini Soccer and Youth Futsal Handbook

You can download a copy of this document here


We have just added a page called 'Historical Snippets'. 

The first feature is about George Priest who played for Northumberland in 1930. See the page listed on the left or follow this LINK


Ryan Davies – Regional PE & Coaching in Education Coordinator (North East)

Ryan has recently been appointed as the Regional PE and Coaching in Education Coordinator for the North East region. Ryan has 10 years’ experience as a Head of Department and Physical Education teacher in both Primary and Secondary settings, alongside coaching in a Premier League Academy. As part of the role Ryan is available to provide tailored PE CPD sessions to teachers and trainees throughout Northumberland as well as delivering the FA Primary Teachers Award. All sessions and courses are delivered free of charge by The FA.

See the FA Physical Education page to learn more...



If you have any concerns regrding the Safeguarding of young people in football, please do not hesitate to contact our Child Welfare Officer, Steve Swinyard

The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC free helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry.

Staffed by independent, experienced NSPCC professionals, the helpline will offer support and guidance for adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse within the game at all levels from grassroots to Premier League and is a safe space for any further whistleblowing.

The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

Trained staff will offer support, advice and guidance, and will refer cases on to the police or other agencies as appropriate, such as if a child is in immediate danger.

Referrals of concerns about recent and non-recent incidents in schools’ football should continue to be made to ESFA National Welfare Officer Sarah DaCosta tel 07960500723 or directly to The FA’s safeguarding team via

The Northumberland Schools' FA Welfare Officer is:
Steve Swinyard.

His contact details are:

NEWS section

Nov 11, 2019
Category: General
Posted by: neil
U16 girls and U18 teams v Merseyside, 9.11.19