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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: Girls u16s FA Cup
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:35:53 AM »
The FA Cup is special because it's drawn- It's regionalised for travel initially

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: County Squads and RTC's
« on: October 20, 2016, 09:32:03 AM »
Is it fair that RTC's are "Educating" players about not playing to much which means that RTC players are not representing their Counties- Surely it should be a level playing field for ALL Counties- Is it fair that some County Schools teams are run by the same coach that runs the RTC U16's and therefore will release players to play and are able to train them twice a week and a match while other Counties RTC's will not support players to enable them to represent their County.

Surely it should be a level playing field for ALL Counties and not just the MINORITY 

Girl's Centres of Excellence / County Squads and RTC's
« on: October 19, 2016, 01:09:49 PM »
Simple question:

Should the FA ban RTC players from County Schools Football to ensure a level playing field for ALL Counties involved in the ESFA competitions and make the process clear and transparent for all Parents, Players and organisations involved?

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC Standards
« on: October 19, 2016, 01:04:56 PM »
The standard in Tier 2/3 South at U16 level seems good although it looks like Chelsea, Essex, Millwall and Reading are going to be significantly stronger than Charlton, Gillingham and MK Dons.  My early impression is that is partly due to physicality and strength.  It may also be because some of these clubs have also been refining their squads for years.

I have heard of U10 and U12 sides being heavily beaten by the boys but when you have leagues of five or six divisions it may not be easy to pitch the girls in at the right level from the start.  These things can be adjusted fairly easily.

Our RTC trains two x 2 hours per week but with an additional evening training session this week for the county side I am half expecting a tiredness induced tantrum by the time we get to Friday.

Which County trains it's kids every week?

Lancashire continue their astonishing run in the ESFA PlayStation Schools Inter Counties cup with a thrilling win in the final at Birmingham City FC against old rivals Essex. A game worthy of National coverage with Essex technically very good with 13 COE based players and Lancashire with 5 COE players with two at U13's on the bench, one the keeper and the Captain forced off injured after 15 minutes they proved just how good grass roots players are with their sheer determination to win- and yes the penalty decision is very unfortunate.

Match report and full game viewing is below:- The coverage by the way is outstanding 

Lancashire are simply FOURsome National Champions!!

Lancashire Schools FA Girls U14’s won their 4th consecutive English Schools FA Playstation Schools National Title in the most dramatic of circumstances at a rain soaked ST Andrews Stadium home of Championship side Birmingham City FC live on You Tube!

Their opponents were high flying Essex who had tasted defeat to Lancashire in last season’s final on penalties and had a number of players who played in that game available to them again while Lancashire had only two so revenge was very much the order of the day from the southern County.

After a start which was pretty even with both teams feeling each other out Essex showed the ball retention and pace which was to cause Lancashire all sorts of headaches as they found themselves 2-0 down with just 15 minutes on the clock.

A mixture of poor marking and quick Essex interplay down their left saw the ball squared to Maddie Briggs who made no mistake. The same happened two minutes later as Lancashire were outpaced down the same side and again the ball was squared to Briggs and Essex were in dreamland.

It was at that point that Lancashire lost inspirational captain and Centre Half Milly Robertson (South Ribble) through a long term injury and a reshuffle ensued with Eve Sutcliffe (South Ribble) dropping into the back four to perform superbly and Millie Schofield (Burnley) slotting in just behind Kadie Morrison (Blackpool) up front.

Lancashire then started to settle into their surroundings and apart from a loose final ball they started to cause Essex a few problems however their opponents still looked lively in attack with England Schools International Lucy Egan prominent.

Just before half time came a pivotal moment- Lauren Tunstall (Preston) rolled in Centre Forward Kadie Morrison who cut inside and forced the Essex defender to slice to Sophie Slater (Blackpool) who took one touch and rifled an unstoppable 25 yard drive into the bottom right hand corner giving the keeper no chance and Lancashire renewed hope and belief going into the half time break.

A passion team talk at half time from management team Michael Nadal, Michael Whitworth and Ellie Hilton left the players in no doubt that they could do the impossible and it proved to be the catalyst for a much better period of play.

Lancashire retained the ball well and controlled possession better in the second period and although Essex continued to create chances both sides didn’t really threaten each keeper until Sophie Slater let fly once again from the edge of the box to force the Essex keeper into a smart save. This prompted a change in system from the Red roses who went in search of an equalizer.
Lancashire then had chances but both Aimme Hodgson (Lancaster and Morecambe) and Cara Milne- Redhead (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley) couldn’t connect properly inside the penalty area. Lancashire’s next chance came as a corner was clear straight back to Cara Milne Redhead and her drilled cross across the six yard box took Kadie Morrison by surprise and she diverted wide at the back post with the goal at her mercy.

Essex who were always dangerous on the Counter attack as Lancashire poured forward had two chances to put the game to bed but they weren’t taken and as the game entered the 2nd minute of injury time the drama was just beginning. Lauren Tunstall broke down the left but her pass was over hit to the Essex keeper who collected however her kick from hands fell straight to Abi Fenton (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley) and she exchanged passes with Cara Milne Redhead and took on the Essex full back to win a fortunate penalty for the Red Roses.

The penalty was dispatched with extreme calmness by Cara Milne Redhead to give Lancashire a deserved equalizer on the balance of play but in fortunate circumstances and sent the Lancashire players, staff and supporters into raptures!
The first period of extra time beckoned and both sides embroiled in a midfield battle with neither side really being able to fashion a clear cut chance as their players through their bodies on the line for the cause.

The second period got underway and as Lancashire began to tire Lucy Egan of Essex hit another shot from range off the outside of Lancashire’s post but it was the team spirt and character of the Red Roses that won the day.
With the game seemingly heading for penalties Lancashire broke in numbers and Cara Milne Redhead threaded a ball to Kadie Morrison who glided beautifully past the Essex Centre Half, looked up and rolled in Aimee Hodgson who as the calmest person in the ground let the ball roll across her body and placed the ball into the bottom right hand corner to send Lancashire into dreamland with just 3 minutes to play!

Essex weren’t done yet and once again they let fly from range forcing Emma Bradley (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley) into a flying double save down to her left which she pushed away only for it to be recovered and volleyed back which she turned away down to her right hand side for a corner as Lancashire were determined not to be denied a 4th consecutive ESFA PlayStation Schools National title.
The full time whistle brought tears of joy from many players as they realized the enormity of their achievement on the day and throughout the season.

Joint Manager Michael Nadal said “The players have achieved the impossible to come from two goals behind after 15 minutes against a quality Essex side. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to equalize but I don’t think anyone who’s watched these girls throughout the day and season can deny that they deserve to be National Champions through the sheer passion and desire they show for their County”
Lancashire added the National title to their Northern Counties Schools FA title which they won at a festival back in March and joined the U16’s who also won their 5th consecutive Northern Counties title back in March with an impressive 3-0 victory over South Yorkshire

The whole ESFA PlayStation Schools Inter Counties National Cup final is available on ESFA TV You Tube channel via from 3hrs 45 minutes onwards

Lancashire Schools FA Girls U14’s Northern Counties Schools and ESFA PlayStation Schools National Champions 2015/16

Emma Bradley (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Emma Fulton (Chorley), Sheneil Lymer (Blackpool), Amy Edmondson (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Milly Robertson (South Ribble)- County Captain, Eve Sutcliffe (South Ribble), Sophie Slater (Blackpool), Abigail Fenton (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Cara Milne- Redhead (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Kadie Morrison (Blackpool), Kaitlin Woodhead (Chorley), Annabel Collin (Lancaster and Morecambe),    Izzy Atkinson (South Ribble), Lauren Tunstall (Preston), Aimee Hodgson (Lancaster and Morecambe), Millie Schofield (Burnley), Grace Mills (Rossendale), Jessica Greenwood (Rossendale), Chloe Broughton (Rossendale), Isobel Catlow (Chorley)

Yes probably midweek ha ha!

Lets hope it doesn't clash with the 3 nights a week they want them for training!
Good luck with your GCSE's girls!

Plenty of time for revision on the coach :)

Well the lunatics have taken over the asylum!

My husband has just texted me to say the lists were on the FA website and I expected an either/or for tier 1 for the 2 centres we live close to - Leeds and York.

They have both been given tier 1, which is great for us, that is if you want to play tier 1, but Greater London has only one tier 1 centre - Arsenal???

How is this is going to bring the best girls together?
Still Sunderland v Southampton/Brighton is going to be interesting!!!!
Get ready for setting the alarm at 4am parents!!

That will be midweek :)

Makes a mockery of most of the England players being from the South of England! :P

Interesting from Southampton

Les Reed says #SaintsFC will operate a girls' centre of excellence from next season. #SolentSaintsForum

Reed: "Our ambition long-term will be to have a #SaintsFC team in the @FAWSL." #SolentSaintsForum

Is he making up the new COE rules then because even the FA haven't sorted them out yet never mind him knowing- sounds like he's spurting out some of the rubbish he puts in his own mouth!

Lancs squads from this years finals this season make interesting reading:
U14's- 6 Non COE players Essex: All COE players
U16's- 8 Non COE players Essex 1 NON COE players

Lancashire's balance across the years has usually been around 60/40 in favour of COE players but we've always had a policy of look at the player then the club.

For the record Essex are brilliantly organised and a great County in terms of Girls football and along with many of the Counties in the north are leading the way in girls football which is part of the reason we are so proud of what we have managed to achieve this season

Highlights are here:

 Here are the YouTube Videos from the U14 & U16 National Finals


Teaser Trailer -

Match Highlights -


Teaser Trailer -

Match Highlights -

Interesting to see that Lancashire Schools FA defeated Essex in both the U14's and U16's ESFA National Finals this season with the U14's winning it for a 3rd consecutive season and finishing runners up in the first season making the final every year since it began.

The U16s have been running for 5 seasons and have been in 3 National Finals winning their first one this season and being beaten narrowly by the eventual winners in every other season- They have won the Northern Counties title for the last 4 years reaching the final and losing to the National champions in their first final in 2010.

My main point is that none of the 34 players that have played for them this year is an international for either the FA U17s/U16s or U15's or ESFA U15's- you have to question why! The U14's keeper who was unable to play in the U14's National final as she has been called up to play for Wales U17's at their recent camp. 

Congratulations to all the players involved maybe someone some day will take notice perhaps.

Far more questions than answers- Many people currently in the Elite player system and the County FA's have had the sprung upon them and have to try and deal with enquires and questions which they don't have an answer to nor do they have a timescale as to when they will be able to answer any questions.

We can't even say it's wrong/right or anything else because nobody really knows what is going on.

England International Football / Re: England Under-19
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:17:00 PM »
England's most creative player in the U17 euros not that she actually was allowed to flourish fully in the role.

England International Football / Re: England Under-19
« on: March 23, 2014, 11:33:58 PM »
Who is that then?

Playing in a WPL first team not in the cuddly world of development football

England International Football / Re: England Under-19
« on: March 22, 2014, 12:32:12 AM »
I guess, looking at that squad, the death knell is all but signed for Non WSL Centres of Excellence. Not a single player, and there are some more than good enough, chosen from a non WSL club. Congrats to all the girls chosen but this marks a very sad day for Womens football in England.

Explains why the most creative one is not in then

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: New structure within the south west
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:44:45 PM »
Does that mean WSL clubs that were soundly beaten by WPL clubs yesterday will get a COE?  :D

You can't not have a COE in the County that is overall the strongest for Girls Football.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 National Cup
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:15:43 PM »
Scouts can have a week off if Middlesex are away  :D

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 National Cup
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:24:10 PM »
Two from 2 from the North West? Interesting.

Women's Football / Re: Transfer News and Gossip
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:36:28 PM »
Looks like most of the rovers production line is in the super league pity the club is not.

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