Charlbury U15s win WDYFL

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The postponed final of the WDYFL took place on Sunday 6th September at Clanfield against arch rivals Ducklington.

Whenever we play Eddies team, the game is always close and yesterday was no exception going into extra time with the score at 0-0. Whilst Charlbury had the greater possession and better chances, Ducklington could have stolen it with the very last kick of extra time, with the ball just going past Charlbury’s post.

However a dominant spell, by the fitter side in the first half of extra time saw Lewis Pretorious and Billy Sweet hit two amazing goals to give Charlbury a deserved and comfortable lead.

However, although Charlbury continued to press they got caught with a long ball over the top that fell between the defence and goalkeeper leaving the Ducklington striker to tap in the ball to create a nervous 2 minutes finale.

Charlbury held on and lifted their first cup ! More to follow….

Please use the Covid-19 form to comply with the clubs track and trace policy

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Please ensure that you fill in the form every time you watch, play in, officiate or manage a Charlbury Town Youth game or training session. This is part of our commitment to track and trace

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The risk assessments for training and match days are detailed on the Covid-19 page

We are delighted to confirm that training and matches can be progressed to a competitive nature providing strict procedures are followed. All coaches are aware of these procedures and any persons not adhering to the appropriate code will not be permitted to train or play.

Here are the FA guidelines

Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend;

Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19;

Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;

 Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;

 Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session

Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play

Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training

Goal celebrations should be avoided;

Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training;

Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities;

Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle;

Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace


Charlbury Girl League Winners

OMGFL U16 League Winners

Charlbury U16 Girls were recently awarded the OMGFL League title. After the suspension of the season the OMGFL committee met to determine who the league winners were throughout the age groups. Many formulas were discussed, many calculator buttons were pressed and the decision was to award the title to the team that had the won the highest average points per game played through the season.

With 30 points from 11 games Charlbury Girls were the clear winners, they have added the league title to the County Cup which they won in 2018 and a treble of the League Cup is still up for grabs, Covid-19 permitting.

Well done girls, thoroughly deserved!!

COVID-19 update

Charlbury Town Youth FCs position

Following the Football Association update of this evening, ALL TRAINING and MATCHES for CHARLBURY TOWN YOUTH FC are POSTPONED with immediate effect.

U13s progress to KO Cup Final

CTYFC u13s 6 Brackley Athletic 1

The u13s hosted Brackley Athletic for a KO cup semi final on Sunday. Despite constant rain and some delicate negotiations with the groundsman and officials, the game got the green light to go ahead.

Charlbury started well, and had the upper hand in the early exchanges, the breakthrough coming following a fine cross field pass from Tyra Aitken, which was finished clinically by Toby Ball. A couple of glorious chances were missed by Charlbury in search of the second goal, before the key moment in the match just before the end of the half. A rasping volley from Harry Hinton was bound for the top corner, but the Brackley centre back threw out a hand and tipped it over – resulting in a straight red card and a penalty kick. After a little bit of discussion over who fancied it, Tyra stepped up to smash it in the top corner – 2-0 at half time.

Brackley came out strong in the second half, and got their reward with a fine free kick struck in from 20 yards, reducing the arrears to 2-1 and threatening to make it a typically nervy affair. However, the comeback did not last long, with a Toby corner volleyed in by Tyra almost immediately, restoring the 2 goal cushion.

After this Charlbury completed the match in resounding fashion – Tyra adding two more goals to his tally to make it 40 for the season, and Ollie Jarvis scoring the final goal with a great header from a Toby free kick.

An impressive performance from the whole squad, defensively rock solid throughout and pacy and dangerous on the attack. Great credit to the players in reaching a major final in 3 straight seasons, and the attitude and teamwork of the squad is a pleasure to be part of. This will (hopefully) be played under lights on 27th April, and hopefully like the last two they can finish up with the trophy!

Final under floodlights beckons for U14s

A scintillating 70 minutes saw Charlbury U14s edge a very competitive game vs Bampton Town at Enstone.

Bampton arrived at Enstone having previously being unbeaten in all their games played this season however soon realized that they were in for a battle. With the normal Enstone wind prevailing and Charlbury kicking down hill, the first half was a tense affair with neither side showing dominance.

However after the break, Charlbury got stronger and missed two or three very reasonable opportunities to take the lead. Backed up by the defense that ensure the leagues top scorer never got a shot on goal, the game looked to be heading for extra time when in the very last minutes of the game, doggid determination saw Lewis battle through and bundle the ball over the line.

A richly deserved win, in a hugely competitive game. The final, v Ducklington is scheduled to be played on Tuesday 28th April at 6.30pm at Clanfield FC

Charlbury Girls Make Their Point

Having not played a league game since the end of November Charlbury U16 girls finally completed their fixtures. Needing a point away from home at Hinksey Girls to top the table Charlbury opened the scoring in the first half with a fine 20 yard effort from leading goalscorer Ruby Colleton after excellent build up play from Tiye and Gaby

Charlbury dominated play on a very heavy wet pitch with stand in goalkeeper Sophia having very little to do. Several chances went begging with Charlbury falling to kill off Hinksey, especially from the excellent corners of Emily. In a very competitive game no inch was given by both teams with skipper Abbie often showing the battling qualities of the Charlbury girls. A tense final five minutes was the order of the day after Charlbury conceded a sloppy goal late on but Charlbury’s back three of Nayah, Ella and Georgia stood firm and the game petered out in a 1-1 draw.

All the girls put in 100% effort and excellent performances on a poor playing surface and to top the league at this stage is a fine reward for all their dedication and commitment to training and playing, especially some of the monsoon conditions that they have encountered in their Monday night training slot!!

Charlbury Girls now take their points and leading position into a new league of the top 6 teams but with the suspension of the OMGFL due to Covid-19 until early April maybe they might be crowned champions without kicking another ball ???

New guidelines on heading footballs that will be adopted by all Charlbury Youth teams

Children banned from heading footballs during training

The training guidelines are effective immediately but do not recommend a heading ban during matches. Primary-age children have been banned from heading the ball in new guidelines issued by the football associations in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Heading restrictions for all age groups under 18 were also announced with a graduated use between 12 and 16.

The guidance, which will not yet apply in Wales, will affect training only.

It follows Glasgow University research that showed former footballers were  three-and-a-half times more likely to die from brain disease.

The Football Association of Wales said its guidance on children heading the ball was currently under review with the findings being made available later this year.

Does heading a football cause dementia?

In a joint announcement from the FA, Scottish FA and Irish FA, coaches were advised that there should be “no heading in training in the foundation phase”.

FA chief executive, Mark Bullingham, said: “This updated heading guidance is an evolution of our current guidelines and will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football.

“Our research has shown that heading is rare in youth football matches, so this guidance is a responsible development to our grassroots coaching without impacting the enjoyment that children of all ages take from playing the game.”

The University of Glasgow study, published in October last year, found that former professional footballers were more likely to die of degenerative brain disease – and five times more likely to die from Parkinson’s disease.

There was no evidence in the study that linked incidences of the disease with heading the ball, but the FA said the new guidance had been issued to “mitigate against any potential risks”.

Updated heading guidance

  • Heading guidance in training for all age groups between under-six and under-18
  • No heading in training in the foundation phase (primary school children)
  • Graduated approach to heading training for children in the development phase between under-12 to under-16
  • Required ball sizes for training and matches for each age group
  • No changes to heading in matches, taking into consideration the limited number of headers in youth games

Scottish FA chief executive, Ian Maxwell, said Scottish football had a “duty of care” to young people and those responsible for their wellbeing.

“The updated guidelines are designed to help coaches remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football in the earliest years, with a phased introduction at an age group considered most appropriate by our medical experts,” he said.

Irish FA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson, said: “Our football committee has reviewed and approved the new guidelines. As an association we believe this is the right direction of travel and are confident it will be good for the game, and those who play it.”

Media caption ‘I think my dementia has been caused by heading’

Dr Willie Stewart, the consultant neuropathologist who led the University of Glasgow study said he was “encouraged” to see the new guidelines.

He added: “A lot more research is needed to understand the factors contributing to increased risk of neurodegenerative disease in footballers. Meanwhile it is sensible to act to reduce exposure to the only recognised risk factor so far.

“As such, measures to reduce exposure to unnecessary head impacts and risk of head injury in sport are a logical step.”

However, Dr Steward added that he would like to see the new guidelines adopted by the wider game and not just in youth football.

A similar ban, that also includes restrictions during matches, has been in place in the United States since 2015.

The rule change there came after a number of coaches and parents took legal action against the US Soccer Federation.

No football this weekend but reflect on Under 13s own storm on way to Semi finals at beginning of February!

u13s – 1-0 vs Bampton – KO CUP QF


The u13s welcomed Bampton for a KO cup quarter final, on a blustery day at Enstone. Recent form had been good for us, winning 7 straight, but from the onset it was clear that Bampton were up for this match. The visitors controlled much of the first half, albeit creating little in the way of clear chances, and despite having less of the ball Charlbury looked dangerous on the counter with a few breakaway chances spurned. 


0-0 at half time – and the second half became a very nervy affair – with both sides defences on top and neither side wanting to make the costly error. Little in the way of clear chances meant the game finished 0-0 – and extra time required. 


Two key moments settled the tie. Firstly a long free kick swept into the Bampton box by Tyra caused chaos, and Lex Cocks-Hope smashed in the loose ball to give Charlbury a precious lead. Then, with 5 minutes left in the second half of ET – a fantastic save by Kerr Griffith to deny the star Bampton striker when clean through – meant the slim 1-0 lead was protected and after a tough 90 minutes Charlbury ran out winners.


Full credit to an excellent and determined Bampton side, in a game that neither side deserved to lose, but the u13s break for half term top of the A league and with a semi final to look forward to.

If Carlsberg made girls weekends….

The U11 girls played this week’s match away at Didcot Casuals. Rain had made the pitch quite heavy but the girls coped well with the tricky conditions. The game started well and got better…! Several super moves were built out from defence that resulted in a 3 first half goals…The scorers on the day were Molly White (2) and Molly J. Gracie in goal made 2 first class saves to keep us in the game.

The girls played fantastically well and deserve great credit for the way they continued to play terrific passing football with great goal scoring….! Great credit to Didcot Casuals who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Millie following a strong performance in defence throughout…..

Captain – Tilly

Under 16s Grove 1-4 Charlbury Girls

In the OMGFL top of the table clash, Gaby Heath ran riot to place Charlbury in a strong position against top of the table rivals Grove at a bobbly pitch in Grove. After a very tight 20 minutes where Grove started the better, Charlbury got into stride and dominated the game from that point. Gaby scored a deflected goal on 22 minutes and then ran and finished superbly to ensure Charlbury had a 2-0 lead at half time. In the second half, the girls grabbed hold of the game playing all the football in the Grove half and Gaby and Ruby C added to the score before Grove were awarded a penalty with 5 minutes to go. Great effort and the table does not lie!!