The new winter leagues kicked off last Saturday with lots of football played and enjoyed by a large number of teams. May I take this opportunity to get messages out relayed from your league and facility host’s?

Prior to match days check your web site to confirm your venue and kick off times.
Teams arrive in plenty of time to register your team, pay your referee’s fees, pick up your necessary paperwork and be ready to kick off on time on your correct pitch allocated.
Please park your vehicle in places and spaces provided DO NOT cause traffic jams.
Keep off the pitches. Pitches are for players and coaches only. Maximum 2 coaches only.
No dogs allowed.
No smoking.
Please take your litter home.
Mick Clark.

Despite a number of courses recently run by the Durham County FA we the Russell Foster Youth Leagues still have a shortage of referees to officiate our youth games.
Referees are required for our mini soccer, 9v9, and 11 a side games. Anyone who can help to referee games please contact the league secretary Mick Clark.
0191 5842120 or 07712192645 Or you can email Mick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see list below of clubs currently playing in the league who do not hold a FA Charter Standard Club Award.

  • CONSETT BECK JUNIORS
  • EASINGTON COLLIERY
  • BLACKHALL MONKS
  • WHITBURN & CLEADON
  • HARTLEPOOL GRETTON CREST
  • PETERLEE ALPHA
  • BARNES FC
  • ST AIDANS BLACK CATS
  • SUNDERLAND ATHLETIC
  • SUNDERLAND RANGERS
  • CHESTER LE STREET TERRIERS
  • WHITBURN & WEARMOUTH UNITED
  • DURHAM ATHLETIC

Clubs are required to have this in place to play in a Charter Standard League.

Please contact Mr Andy Brown of the Durham County FA to have this matter urgently dealt with.

To enable the Russell Foster Youth Leagues to appoint referees to their mini soccer and 9 v 9 games we desperately need more qualified referees.

Anyone who can assist this request should contact the league on 0191 5842120 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Forward your contact details, name, address, telephone numbers, and  email address

The league has received several complaints regarding problems at mini-soccer venues...

1) Parking Problems:- There have been several complaints from residents about parking in NON designated areas. We realize the problems involved with parking and the volume of traffic that relates to our mini soccer venues and we would like to appeal to mini soccer teams to make best efforts to 'car pool' to alleviate the strained situations.

2) Pitch Litter:- Complaints have been filed from the venues who have had to clear large amounts of litter from the playing fields following games played. This is unacceptable.  Please can you make sure that the litter is picked up at the end of each session.

3) Spectators On The Pitch:- Venue administrators have reported dozens of spectators on the pitch during the schedule.
This is in direct connection with the Pitch Litter issue, but also organisers and venues alike have witnessed people smoking on the pitches. Please respect the wishes of the venue organisers.

Please take these complaints seriously and help address the issues. Should these problems NOT be addressed, then the Russell Foster Youth League run a very high risk of losing these venues altogether. If this happens, then it will in fact be the children who ultimately suffer.

Thank You for your kind attention on these matters.

RFYL

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