The Capital Girls League is Middlesex and London FA’s County Girls League which operates leagues for U9-U16 teams. For season 2013/14 the league has expanded and now has 68 teams participating in a weekly fixture programme.
On Saturday 9th November there was a break in the league programme for the launch of the newly formatted Capital Girls League Cup sponsored by County Football Association the Amateur Football Alliance (AFA). In line with the Youth Football Review each age group operated slightly differently to ensure the most appropriate format of the game was being played.
56 teams signed up to take part in the cup competition which was organised so all teams fixtures took place at our North London Central Venue Site, Chase Lodge Playing Fields, Barnet, NW7 2ED.
Even with the heavy rainfall throughout the week, the League Cup went ahead and all games were played in great spirit by all teams.
The U9 teams, Denham United LFC, Islington Borough Ladies, Alexandra Park Youth & Kinja FC played 4v4 in group stages with the top 2 teams progressing to the final. Denham United Wildcats and Kinja Fc made it to the finals where some fantastic skills and teamwork resulted in a win for Denham United Wildcats who were presented with their Medals and the League Cup by England and Chelsea Star Claire Rafferty. All of the players who took part in the event received a signed certificate of attendance and had the opportunity to get photos with Claire Rafferty and Barnet Women’s Super League Players Andrea Georgiou, Aoife Hurley and Laura Miller.
The U10 competition involved 5v5 fixtures with 2 groups from which the top 2 teams in each group proceeded to the semi finals and finals respectively. The teams participating included Islington Borough Ladies, Enfield Town Ladies, Ruislip Rangers, Hearts Of Teddlothian, Kinja Fc, Camden Town, Charlton Atheltic, QPR, TFA Totteridge & Hampstead. Following the group stages it was Ruislip Rangers, Kinja, TFA Totteridge and QPR who made it through to the Semi Finals from which point TFA Totteridge, who only formed in September, went on to win the Finals.
The Under 12, 14 and 16 competitions were run in a different format with the group qualifying stages on November 9th from which the top 4 teams proceed to the semi finals which will take place later in the season.
There were 16 teams competing in the U12 competition across 4 groups with representation from Tottenham (2), Islington Borough, Hearts of Teddlothian (2), Ashford Town Fc, St Josephs, QPR, Camden Youth, Old Actonians, Enfield Town Ladies, Alexandra Park, Ruislip Rangers, Kinja & Charlton. The groups were very closely matched but the top team from each group who now progress to the semi finals were QPR, Tottenham B, Enfield Town Ladies, Ruislip Rangers.
The U14 competition offered teams the choice of 9v9 or 11v11 programmes in line with the league offerings. Within the 9v9 setup both groups were very competitive with Enfield Town Ladies, Ruislip Rangers, Islington borough, Old Actonians and Tottenham in one group from which Enfield Town Ladies qualified winning all of their games and they were closely followed by Ruislip Rangers. In group 2 Whetstone Wanderers, Camden Youth, Hampstead, Brentford & Kinja contended with Brentford and Hampstead finishing in the qualifying positions. With the 11v11 group 6 teams competed for the four qualifying places. The teams finished in the following positions Hampstead, LOASS, Tottenham, Charlton, Reading and QPR.
The day was a fantastic success and we would like to congratulate and thank all of the participating teams including their coaches, players and parents who braved the conditions of the day to be there. A huge thank you also goes to the WSL Players, supporting staff members, referees and volunteers who were invaluable to the day, and finally to our Capital Girls League Cup Sponsor AFA.