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23/1/14 – NCF Selects is launched for U7s & U9s!

NCF Selects has been designed to offer talented young players an opportunity to receive professional coaching on a weekly basis with NCFootball’s head coach Nick Cook. Players will train once a week at Wingate & Finchley FC on their astro turf pitches. The programme is designed to help accelerate the development of talented players and will place an emphasis on Futsal as part of the syllabus!

U7s NCF Selects – Tuesday 5-6pm @ Wingate & Finchley FC

U9s NCF Selects – Tuesday 6-7pm @ Wingate & Finchley FC

If you are interested in your son/daughter trying out please email us or call us.

13/1/14 – Elites Extreme Challenge

On the 15th February the NCF Elites will be participating in our 1st Annual ‘NCF Elites Extreme Challenge’ at the countries toughest army assault course in Surrey. (Henfold Lakes, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4RW). The NCF Elites Extreme Challenge has been placed in to our programme for a number of different reason –

  1. To take players out of their comfort zone of a football pitch and challenge them both mentally and physically in an extreme event that can help gain confidence as well as an understanding of both their strengths and weaknesses which is crucial for player 7 personal development.
  2. To begin the vital process of building them as a team and understanding that when they all work together they have the potential of becoming a powerful unit. The success of the U15s last July at the Gothia Youth World Cup ( reached the last 16 of the Grade A tournament entered by 188 teams from 38 countries, we were the highest placed team from the UK in our age group) was largely due to how close they became during our preparation and on tour itself, they became like 14 brothers……….without the fighting)
  3. The players will be provided with an experience of a lifetime in Sweden and not just from a football perspective! I would like our players to apply themselves to getting sponsorship in as the hard work that goes in to this will only give them a feeling of pride and an understanding that you have to work to receive opportunities like this. A target of £200 per player but as parents I would certainly encourage more.
  4. All individual money raised for the Extreme Challenge will be subsidised against each parents overall cost for the tour. So if a player raises £300 – £300 will be put towards that players tour. The tour will cost in the region of £1090 give or take a few pennies.
  5. Also a great opportunity to bring the different Elites age groups together to compete, learn & support each other.

 If in the meantime you have any further questions please feel free to email me.


Kind regards

Nick Cook

NCF Elites


20/1/14 – Check out our Futsal video

NCF Elites 15/16s played an in-house Futsal match at Woodhouse College to help them gain more experience in art & craft of futsal with a view to entering in to the regionals come the summer months.

The boys produced some outstanding skills and team play on the night which was all captured on camera. Please take a look at our video section to watch some highlights of the boys in action.

10/1/14 – NCFDC Returns

Hi All,
We look forward to welcoming you all back to the NCFDC tomorrow following the festive break. We hope our players are looking forward to getting back on the pitch and parading their skills and team play once again. As we expressed at the presentation we were delighted with the progress they made during last term and we hope to see that continued development and love for the game during the next term.
We look forward to welcoming some new faces tomorrow for their first sessions, we hope that have a lot of fun.
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10/1/14 – Elites training resumes

Please remember tonight see’s the return of the NCF Elites training @ Woodhouse College.

See you there.

27/12/13 – Trial match at Wingate & Finchley cancelled!

Our NCF Elites U15/16s trial match at Wingate and Finchley FC has been cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

See you in the New Year.

25/12/13 – Happy Christmas

NCFootball would like to wish all our players, parents, supporters and sponsors a very Merry Christmas & a Prosperous 2014.

Enjoy the festive period.

23-12-13 – NCF Elites Futsal in the rain!

Yesterday saw our groups of NCF Elites train @ Wingate & Finchley FC in the most horrific of weather conditions possible, pouring rain and blustery winds.

Well done to both Elites groups for producing some outstanding football in our Futsal sessions!

17/12/13 – Futsal at Wingate & Finchley FC

On Monday 23rd December NCF Elites 12/13 & 15/16s will be going to Wingate and Finchley FC. A growing part of the NCF Elites programme is the game Futsal as we believe this is a fantastic development tool for improving players technical, tactical and decision making during a game.

What is futsal

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal.  But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.

“Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing….also for dribbling, balance, concentration…. Futsal was very, very important, no doubt.” – Pele, World Cup Winner: 1958, 1962 & 1970

“Perhaps in regular football you cannot appreciate the talent. Everything is more physical. But in Futsal you have small details of quality, class and tactical aspects.”

Xavi FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League Winner

Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with

a reduced bounce.  It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height.  Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.

There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.

The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces

“Futsal….it makes you more composed on the ball and makes you want the ball more, so you can do something with it.”

Micah Richards England International

“Futsal is an extremely important way for kids to develop their skills and understanding of the game. My touch and my dribbling have come from playing Futsal”.


Look forward to seeing all the boys on Monday.

Ronaldinho FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2004 + 2005

16/12/13 – Pulsating match against Reading

On Friday evening NCF Elites took to the pitch for their final match of 2013 against Reading FC (Protech Centre)

With the squad selection for Prague fast approaching NCF Elites took a big squad to face Reading with a number of players making their Elites debuts. Manager Nick Cook said ‘this gives my players the chance once again to push themselves forward for selection for Prague. 16 players will be named in the squad so its down to the boys to show me they should be one of the 16’.

Similar to our match last week with the younger Elites, Reading went into a two goal lead, one being an arrowed like shot that flew in to the top corner from 30yrds out. We had created some really good opportunities but were struglling to find the net. Macca was as usual proving a handful, Mason was playing some great balls to the wide men, however still we couldn’t finish our chances.

At half time we spoke about the importance of getting a little tighter to Reading and imposing ourselves a little more, even though they were older than us we needed to show we were not going to be intimidated.

From the restart the boys responded well and we soon found ourselves level, Rhys scoring a headed goal and Dylan finishing off a great move tucking away a cross from Macca. Our third goal was out of this world, five one touch passes in the build up led to Joe breaking through and tucking away nicely. Our final goal came from Sam, tucked away nicelt following a scramble in the box. Reading run out 5 v 4 winners and possibly just edged it overall although there wasn’t a lot in it & on another day and our finishing boots on we good have nicked it.


Some outstanding performances from the boys, particularly Macca, Mason, Vass & man of the match performance from Dylan making his debut This was a tough test for the boys with Reading having four Academy players and a number of sixteen year olds playing but this will only help to keep pushing the Elites forward. Nick said ‘some real positives to take from the match, some players cemented their position in the squad to fly out to Prague. I have the majority of the squad now selected in my mind although there are still 3 or 4 positions up for grabs’.

Goalscorers – Rhys, Dylan, Joe and Sam.

MOM – Dylan

Squad – Dimitar – Cam – Vass – Romario (capt) – Joe – Anthony – Macca – Mason – Sam – Rhys – Ben – Harry – Mobasher – Fin – Dylan – Tarick – Dom

We are pleased to announce that Reading are looking at taking Macca on trial at their Academy for six weeks – good luck Macca!

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Jack Wilshere

I am really happy to get behind this initiative. I have attended & taken part in NCFootball sessions in the past and I know how much young players can gain from the chance to access their professional coaching.

Arsenal and England player Jack Wilshire

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