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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 National Cup
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:23:16 PM »
Full Time website flawed as it only allows cup to be displayed as route to final. Ignore! Each round of the competition is drawn once winners are known.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 League Teams Season 14/15
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:25:15 AM »
Over the course of the season, all COEs will play approximately 18 FA organised fixtures. The second Saturday of each month is kept free for school/county matches, and a winter break has been introduced; Centres can organise friendly matches during this time. Not sure Centres would want to play each other four times a year but given the mandatory free weekends, out of region matches and winter break, there wouldn't be time.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 League Teams Season 14/15
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:45:16 PM »
Only the U17s play in a competitive league which means there is flexibility with the younger age groups. So, for a fixture requiring excessive travel like Essex/Lincoln, Centres could agree that their younger teams do not play and instead bolt on to an alternative fixture to create a triangular fixture. The two Centres could play at a central venue, they could arrange a festival type event inviting other Centres along but register the U17 result for the purpose of the league... the options are endless.

IMO, we get too fixated in this country with football matches being played on a home and away basis, played to fixed match duration on a particular day of the week.  What is best for the players on any given week given the opposition, travel implications etc etc? 

Common sense has to play a part, and Centres should communicate more effectively and work together in the best interests of the players!

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 League Teams Season 14/15
« on: July 18, 2014, 04:58:29 PM »
Unless Centre have organised friendly matches; games listed on full-time as;
Chelsea (H)
Cambridge (A)
Hampshire (A)
Brighton (H)
Lincoln (A)
Norwich (H)
MK Dons (H)
Cambridge (H)
Lincoln (H)
MK Dons (H)
Norwich (A)
Millwall (H)
Cambridge (A)
Arsenal (A)
Lincoln (H)
Norwich (A)
MK Dons (A)


Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 League Teams Season 14/15
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:09:44 PM »
Centres should have it - I believe they are given a fixture guidance document at the start of each season. Very few fixtures (home venue to home venue) exceed 250miles. The player's travelling distances however could be far greater (home to opposition ground). Where travel distances exceed 250 miles then Centres can play at Central venues but I come back to a point I made in another feed... how do you schedule fixtures for the likes of Norwich, Sunderland etc without the need to travel further?

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 League Teams Season 14/15
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:34:47 AM »
Centres are only permitted to travel 250 miles round trip for a fixture I think so with Somerset and Devon becoming ACCs the remaining teams have to be split somehow into regions. Central venues were used last season so I guess where the travel exceeds this, central venues will be used. Agree about website, poor form!!!

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: new Advanced Coaching Centres
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:28:03 AM »
The ACCs is a pilot scheme being run in the SW - I would imagine licences will be awarded to Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. I think teams will run at U12, U14 and U16 with training  once a week and matches against other ACCs during school holidays which means players can continue with a grasssroots team. Players that qualify for COE U13, U15 and U17 age groups and show elite potential may be picked for the SW residential COE which will come together once a month. The weekend residential will include matches against COEs and the SW COE U17s will take part in the FA Girls' COE Cup. From the SW COE, players will be considered for Elite Performance Camps (EPC) and National U15s/U17s.

ACC Fixtures online at:

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: new Advanced Coaching Centres
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:40:42 AM »
How was the experience?
It is probably best to speak to the respective Centre Manager; I am sure like Centres of Excellences and Player Development Centres players will be considered throughout the season. Depends whether your daughter showed some skills that they would re-consider her at a later date.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: C.O.E. Selection Policy
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:35:36 PM »
One reason given for the reduction of Centres three-years ago was the lack of talent; surely awarding COE licenses to WSL clubs given their geographical spread would contradict this. Personally I am watching with interest to see what happens with the south west pilot. Could more ACCs be introduced and club junior teams linked to WSL/FAWPL clubs be placed in a new league programme? When the likes of Charlton, Reading, Watford etc lost their COE license, they retained their junior teams. Would allow more players currently excluded from consideration to access national youth squads. Why should a The FA fund the junior programmes of clubs with COE status? With or without it, the likes of Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bristol, Chelsea etc would still run youth teams!

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: C.O.E. Selection Policy
« on: June 29, 2014, 01:19:11 PM »
The FA Coaching qualifications work in Levels starting at 1 through to 4. Level 3 is equivalent to Uefa B Licence and 4 to the Uefa A Licence. Centres are required to employ coaches that hold either Level 2 (U11s & U13s) or Level 3 (U15s & U17s) and all Directors are required to hold an A Licence. All are required to have completed The FA Youth Award Modules 1 & 2.
The rules to which Centres operate are in the public domain; search "FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PROGRAMME FOR EXCELLENCE (FEMALE)". Any Centre failing to meet the minimum operating standards outlined will be sanctioned by The FA.
Having coached within a Centre of Excellence, the role of the coach is to develop all players and to manage differences within the group. Players do not develop sitting on the bench but playing time does not just mean minutes played against an opposing team. Include training time where players should be challenged appropriately to develop all aspects of their game. Results at times are irrelevant; often games will be an extension of training and provide players with an opportunity to transfer skill/technique to game situations.
With regards to grouping players; often this is subjective and opinions will differ.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 League Teams Season 14/15
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:09:46 PM »
Sounds simple but I imagine that the womens and girls information is way down on the priority list. I do know information was given to She Kicks to make sure information got out in the short term;

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: U17 League Teams Season 14/15
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:12:55 AM »
The challenge facing The FA is how to get messages out into the wider community. It is the responsibility of local county FAs and licensed Centres (COES, ACCs and PDCs) to disseminate information on The FAs behalf. The south west region is being used to pilot a new development pathway; as a result the remaining 28 Centres have been split as best as possible to create a regional fixture programme.

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