Women and Girls

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in football across Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, whether this is with a team at your local grassroots club to an informal kick around with friends. We have something for all abilities and ages.

To find out about your local playing opportunities please visit The FA’s Play Football page.  Alternatively, contact Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA for the latest information about clubs, teams and other ways to get involved in football.


Girls’ Football

League Football:  The Sheffield & Hallamshire Girls’ County League provides local, weekly football competitions for girls’ teams from the U9-U18 age groups.  The league provides different formats of football including 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11.  Football is generally played on a Saturday morning. 

Development Festivals:  Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA run Development Festivals which are aimed at newly formed teams at the U8 age group.  The festivals are a great way to introduce players and parents to the match day environment, and provide a fun, safe and relaxed atmosphere for girls to enjoy football.  For more information about the next U8 Girls’ Development Festival please contact Sarah Wood on 0114 261 5504.

SSE Wildcats Clubs:  New for 2017, Wildcats Clubs provide girls aged 5-11 the opportunity to get involved in football for the first.  They are safe environments where inexperienced girls can have fun engaging with sport, develop skills, try a variety of sessions and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.  To find out more about your local Wildcats Club click here.


Women’s Football

League Football:  The Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s County League is the entry level for new teams in the adult game and is part of the Women’s Football Pyramid.  There are currently over 50 women’s teams from Sheffield & Hallamshire playing at various different levels of the women’s game, including Doncaster Rovers Belles and Sheffield FC playing in the Women's Super League.

Flexi-Football:  In partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, there are opportunities to play women’s football at a more flexible and recreational level at the Sheffield Hallam Sports Park.  The 11 aside ‘Flexi-League’ provides playing opportunities on either a fortnightly or monthly basis with games lasting 70 minutes in length, as opposed to the usual 90 minute games.  The league is extremely flexible in nature, as well as being affordable with minimal administration, and has a relaxed match day environment.  The league is open to community groups, university teams, social groups and existing teams.  For more information contact Tobias Taylor on 0114 225 3672 or email tobias.taylor@shu.ac.uk


Other Football Activities

Soccercise:  Soccercise sessions are football themed workouts usually led by an instructor, lasting for around 45-60 minutes.  Designed to be undertaken either indoors or outdoors, Soccercise combines a variety of fitness exercises with a football. The session is delivered to music and based on repetitions of specific exercises (i.e. press-ups, squats, sit-ups). Take a look at a Soccercise video clip.  Find out more about local Soccercise sessions by contacting Sarah Wood on 0114 261 5504.

Walking Football:  Walking football is a slower version of the game and is accessible to everyone.  The rules are exactly the same as the regular version of the game, and there are no age restrictions placed on walking football, so individuals who may not have played for years or perhaps suffer from a mobility injury can play again in confidence.  Find out more about local walking football sessions by contacting Sarah Wood on 0114 261 5504.


Premier League Girls’ Football Programmes

Professional clubs across the county all deliver innovative football sessions in a fun and informal environment, allowing girls and women to develop at their own pace and make friends at the same time.  The clubs also create pathways for those participants who want to progress into a community club or along the female talent pathway.
Contact the clubs to find out what women and girls’ football sessions are running in the local community;

Club Doncaster Foundation
Heather King (Women & Girls Coordinator) 01302 764663
Reds in the Community – Barnsley FC
Lynn Goodman (Women & Girls Development Officer) 01226 211333
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Megan Higgins (Women & Girls Coordinator) 01709 827767
Sheffield United Community Foundation
Rachel Charles (Premier League Programme Coordinator) 0114 261 9883
Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme
Isobel Dunn (Premier League Coordinator) 07894 904503

To find out more about getting involved in women or girls’ football across South Yorkshire please contact Sarah Wood, Football Development Manager on 0114 261 5504.

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