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Costessey Ladies after their Sevens League Cup triumph

Costessey Ladies after their Sevens League Cup triumph - Credit: Archant

A women’s seven-a-side football league is on the lookout for more teams for the coming season.

Administered by the Norfolk Women’s and Girls’ League, the ladies’ sevens division boasts a good standard of football, played in a friendly and sporting manner.

Winners of the 2012/13 league title were Costessey Ladies, who also lifted the League Cup after an epic battle with Hellesdon Belles, which was a great advert for women’s football in Norfolk.

The games are played on grass pitches on Sundays and there are many advantages to the seven-a-side format, as detailed below;

* A combination of all players on the pitch are involved most of the time (unlike 11-a-side) while still being on grass with the space to run and play the ball (unlike 5-a-side).

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* There is less time commitment as games are not every weekend, which may be attractive to some players, particularly those with families or those in a slightly older age bracket.

* The ability to keep peripheral players in larger clubs involved by running a 7-a-side team alongside an 11-a-side team.

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* It’s a progressive step for younger teams towards ladies’ 11-a-side as several teams, including this season’s Division Two runners-up Attleborough, started as sevens sides.

* The rules are the virtually the same as 11-a-side, the only significant exception being no off-side rule - which leads to more open and exciting play.

* The league has a friendly and sporting tradition.

For more information take a look at the website or email league organiser Tim Noel at

Any teams interested should be registered with the league by July 31st.

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