Girls' and Women's

Female football is on the rise and has quickly become the number one sport for girls and women in the country.

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA were the first County FA to appoint a Football Development Officer to deal with the demand and popularity of the game for girls and women.

We are proud of the initiatives we have implemented to grow the game and the links we have formed with superb local and national organisations that are also trailblazing the girls and women’s game.

Women’s football has a well-regarded player pathway which steers talented girls from playing mini-soccer at a young age right through to the Centres of Excellence and maybe even the England teams.

U9-U18’s play in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Girls County League. The League is well established and offers a range of playing opportunities, with flexible playing formats such as 4v4, 5v5, 6v6, mini-soccer, 9v9 and 11-a-side. All games take place on Saturday mornings.

Players can then progress to or join teams competing in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s County League. With two divisions, the League offers numerous 11-a-side playing opportunities for women aged 16 and over.

Talented girls and women’s footballers may be invited to trial for or join the Sheffield United Girls Centre of Excellence. The Centre, which was established in 1999, is one of 31 Elite Centres of Excellence in the country and accommodates around 80 players. SUGCoE challenges the skills and development of the players against other Centres within the north east region and surrounding areas. The Centre aims to produce elite English female players to compete on the international scene.

Elite female clubs compete in The FA Women’s Super League. Launched in 2011, the WSL is made up of the countries top ten female teams.

The Doncaster Rovers Belles’ Player Development Centre looks to bridge the gap between girls’ grassroots football and WSL. The centre will be able to accommodate 80 players, with opportunities for girls at U9, U11, U13 and U15 levels. These squads meet on a weekly basis and play up to four competitive matches per season against other PDC’s from around our area, such as East Riding FA, West Riding FA, Manchester FA and Nottinghamshire FA.

Players who are selected for the PDC following trials are still able to play for their grassroots clubs. For more information about the PDC please contact Duncan Milligan: or 07525 376313. 

Whether you’re a beginner at Primary School or hitting your teens and have never played before, or maybe you’re in your 20s and want to get back in the game, there is an opportunity for you.

For further information please contact Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA. Telephone 0114 2414992 or email

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