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.

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

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!!

Great day out all Unders 11. Boys at Home and Girls at OUFC

Pictues say it all!!

Under 11s Boys

After a couple of months of playing Futsal and having a hundred percent record through out, it was back to the league this week against Carterton. Bearing in mind it was the first proper 9v9 game on the grass since December, the whole squad did really well and got to grips with the bigger game very quickly; there were some really good performances throughout the team. Although we had a number of good opportunities to score in both halves, and despite a very competitive display from Carteron, Charlbury finished the game winning 1-0  after some great pressing from Wilf Robertson and a good finish by Euan Griffith from just outside the box midway through the second half. Having said that, Henry Ferguson-Hand pulled off a stunning save with two minutes to go to keep the score to 1-0. Next week sees the start of the cup with a home game against Banbury Irish.

U14s 3-2 Ducklington

Amid fixtures congestion, the U14s hosted top of the table Ducklington at Charlbury on a very muddy pitch. It was always going to be a battle and Charlbury edged a tight encounter with goals from Lewis Preterious (2) and Billy Sweet. Charlbury were always ahead and looked comfortable at 3-1 before conceding an own goal with 10 minutes to go. Great effort from both teams but top of the table honours back to Charlbury – for now at least!!

U11 Girls play in weekend of few games

18th January Home vs Wantage Town

The U11 Girls second home match of 2019 was played on a frosty morning against a strong Wantage Town side.  Captain for the week was Isla.

The match was slow to start but soon warmed up and included a number of fantastic moves from the girls that led to chances being created; Molly W had free kick against the post, Molly J had a shot into the side netting and Evie had a chance cleared off the. Gracie scored our only goal of the game after a goalmouth scramble. Our defence was solid led by Millie, Izzy and Libby. Grace made two super saves in the first half too.

The match ended in a 1-4 defeat. Great credit to Wantage who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Molly W with an exceptional midfield performance.

The second match of the day – played as a 9 a side friendly was again an even match but did see Charlbury playing some super football in the second half.