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Women's Football / Re: Professional contracts
« on: July 14, 2019, 09:34:06 AM »
Cheers guys

Great insightful posts appreciated, are your two daughters playing? And how they getting on?

Mine still plays but she became less ambitious when she got to about 14 partly I think because she had issues with asthma which really limited her.    She still plays but she's not really fit enough or ambitious enough to do herself justice - shame in a way but she wants to be a vet not a footballer and it's her life !    She's very driven on the pitch but doesn't really have the drive to do what you need to do off the pitch to produce on a match day if you see what I mean.

Women's Football / Re: Professional contracts
« on: July 12, 2019, 02:28:05 PM »
The majority of RTC graduates I know of have either gone into an u18s playing in a good grassroots league (which they walked) or else straight into the reserve side of a tier 3 team linked to the RTC.   I know of a couple who have played first team in the second or third tier and one I always rated seems to be doing well in the third tier at 17 - I could see her going higher tbh.   

A couple of outstanding ones were signed by a WSL side as happened to one last year but I doubt she's getting paid and she's not made a first team appearance yet but she's been playing in that reserves league- she's doing A levels at the same 6th form as my daughter.   A lot of them I know about are now going off the USA or scholarships.    If she's interested in that then it's worth looking at - I don't know the finances of it I assume they are just reduced fees - but I've seen some pretty average RTC players (obviously they are good footballers but you know what I mean - they weren't outstanding for the level they were at) get scholarships. 

I suppose it may differ where you are.   Maths will tell you that the majority will not be getting signed up on any kind of paid contract ever in their footballing lives but that's not to be negative the same is true in boys football.   

Holbrook Sports have established a women's team playing in the Derbyshire League - established squad joining from elsewhere - male and female coaches - playing at the same ground as the men's team at a traditional small non-league ground with a proper big grass pitch.

Players who are interested in joining this friendly but ambitious club are welcome to get in contact - we can be found either on facebook or twitter or email club chairman <> . 

Women's Football / Re: Sex and Gender Classification in Sport Research
« on: April 30, 2019, 02:40:42 PM »
Link broken ?

 Best thing is identify all the RTCs you could travel to - I'd contact them informally with her experience - at this time they'll probably point you towards their Summer trials but they may at least keep an eye out for her.   

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:06:55 AM »
Given the relatively late announcement does that imply relatively little change? 

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: February 19, 2019, 06:48:45 PM »
I mean how many adult players can the clubs linked to these academies accommodate?  So when the vast majority don't make it into the first team where do they go, the other clubs who have been starved of decent youth players and money because everything was focused on the so called elite?   Well if the idea is that they are elite keep it as two year age groups, making it single year only waters it down.   I've seen some poor players in RTCs as it is, there isn't the strength in depth to double the numbers and if there is money for that  other clubs deserve it.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:06:11 AM »
I hope not

Women's Football / Playing at different levels
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:15:04 PM »
Am I right in thinking a player can sign for 2 teams so long as one is significantly higher up the pyramid than another.  Does anyone know if that is right and if so where I can find the specifics ?


Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 24, 2019, 11:05:08 AM »
Yes but I suppose clubs are looking at this division as a means to an end - developing players and if (if I'm getting it right) they are allowed to play some over age players down it'll be to get them match time coming back from injury etc.   Annoying if you are a regular in those development teams as that is your football but I suppose you'd also want to play against the best so the stronger the opposition the better.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 23, 2019, 10:17:48 AM »

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 19, 2019, 08:04:28 PM »
Thanks.  Unrelated but does anyone have a link to the reserve league for WSL - I'm assuming there is one - is it on FullTime or anything like that just interested in how some players are getting on.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 18, 2019, 05:29:51 PM »
No news on this yet?

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:06:56 PM »
I'm not saying hoofball as such - they aren't lumping it into the box and trying to pick up the pieces. They just force the play a bit too much and lack imagination in their movement. Subjective opinion though.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:04:49 PM »
You'd have thought they'd have put it in the article, must admit I missed the letters above the badge!  I still think it's a bit ironic  they are bigging it up but fail to mention the local sfa haven't bothered with girls representative teams this year.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: November 30, 2018, 03:32:01 PM »

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:08:12 PM »
U16 up to open age national league and reserves and even top div players on TV. 

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:30:22 PM »
Also there was at least one girl from grassroots football at the last 2 events and also I believe one from an ACC, so the FA are definitely looking outside of the RTC's to find players too!

2 (or maybe even 3 ?) from Norwich at the second of the 2 U15 October camps

There was a bit locally about a girl from Derby ladies (the rtc) that had reached some kind of England camp trial (I'm not familiar with the system so I don't know if she got the whole way).   

The irony is she was spotted playing for Staffs Schools and Derbyshire Schools FA didn't bother entering an u16 girls side this year - not the fault of Derby ladies of course in fact I heard one of their coaches offered to run a schools FA team but was told it was too late.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:22:07 PM »
From what I've seen they do tend to favour direct football in that they try and force things a bit - there is a reluctance to go back to keep possession.    Quite a lot of it is fairly rigid too - not a lot of "total football" with interchange of position - that strikes me as perhaps being over coached by an unimaginative coach and/or a fear of making a mistake in terms of being caught out of position.   Th movement is poor or else there is a lack of creative ball players in midfield - I haven't seen many passes where I'd think I wouldn't have seen that - but of course there are two ends to a pass.

The strengths are the athleticism, the tempo they play at, first touch is usually good, determination, some good individuals one on one, some good goalkeepers. 

I suppose summarising I think it's a lack of imagination in the play.  I wonder if the fashion for high pressing really helps develop youth players.  When you have very fit players pressing it's brave to try and play through it and it's often easier to play past it because a)if you lose it it's further up the pitch b) nobody will blame you for giving the ball away in front of your own goal. 

What was your take on Derby?   They had a solid start to the season but seem to be falling away.   I've seen them and I thought they were very rigid - players stick to their positions and they don't take opportunities to get full backs overlapping - get 3rd man runs from midfield etc. 

In short a lack of creativity - I don't mean individual skills more a lack of intelligent movement and players who can capitalise on that by playing other than the obvious ball.   

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