The Russell Foster Youth football leagues are once again pleased to announce the following age groups to be hosted with football in the 2016/17 season.

Mini-soccer will be offered to our under 7’s & 8’s (5-a-side), 9’s & 10’s (7-a-side), already with a large number of teams participating, places will still be found for any new teams.

9 v 9 football will also be offered to under 11’s & 12’s teams, this very interesting new game will be offered to teams as a stepping stone before 11-a-side football, teams will be  encouraged to find their own pitch but help will also be given with a central venue if teams require.

The remaining age groups under 13’s, 14’s, 15’s, 16’s, 17’s & 18’s will be offered 11-a-side football

Under 13’s can be played on a Saturday or Sunday, the choice is yours.

All other boys’ leagues age groups (14’s, 15’s, 16’s, 17’s & 18’s) will be played on a Sunday.  Girls football leagues will be played Saturday’s.  This after discussion and requests of schools and facility providers.

The Durham County F.A. is advising all Charter Standard clubs to complete their annual Charter Standard Health Checks as soon as possible.

By completing the check now it could avoid last minute rushes in March.

Club officials, managers and coaches may need to renew their Safeguarding and First Aid certificates and the courses may either not be available or oversubscribed. This could possibly delay your completion and lead to your club losing its Charter Standard.

The benefits of completing the Health Check are

  1. Reduced prices for F.A. approved courses

  2. Provision of a free full set of strips

  3. Free F.A approved footballs

Jack Hall (Charter Standard Officer)

Below are the names of personnel who have volunteered to assist in the running of the new Russell Foster Youth Leagues.

If you feel you can help in what is required to run the leagues, please contact the secretary then he will inform you as to the requirements.









An opportunity is available for you to show your support to the youth and development in the community of our young footballers.

An ideal package is available from the Russell Foster Youth Leagues for you to show your support financially and to enable the youth leagues to carry on the good and hard work enabling young players to enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

Why not e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring him on 0191 5842120 and have a chat on what is available, you and your company will not be disappointed.

To all match officials that can help up and coming young footballers this by refereeing under 11’s 9 v 9 football games on a Saturday morning please forward your details to Mr Ian Stewart by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Or forward what you are looking to referee in the Russell Foster League to the office. The address for the office is:

Russell Foster Football Centre
Stadon Way
Houghton – Le – Spring

TEL: 0191 5842120

EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


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