Gateshead College Women’s Football Academy – Female Football Open Day – 14th February

Women’s Football is one of the fastest growing sports and with the Women’s Super League about to enter its second season there can’t be a better time for female footballers to get more involved.

Life has not been easy for females trying to make their way in football on or off the pitch, but times are changing and Gateshead College are helping to lead the way in the North East by continuing to offer Female footballers the chance to not only improve and develop their skills, but also continue their studies gaining useful Coaching qualifications at the same time.

The programme focuses on the development of young players both as individuals and as part of a squad. It also offers the chance for students to gain Academic Qualifications, develop coaching skills and techniques, with the possibility of gaining a Level 1 Coaching Football Award.

Gateshead Colleges Head Coach Melanie Reay, an ex NUWFC Player and Head Coach, started playing football when she was 10 and continues to be as successful off the pitch as she was on it.. Having been on both the playing and the coaching side of the game, Melanie knows just how important good quality coaching is at all ages but also knows that continuing in education is just an important. As a player Melanie was part of the team that won the Northern Premier League twice and was top scorer four times. As a Coach she has lead her team to win the ECFA Champions Cup twice.

If you feel you have the potential to be part of Gateshead Colleges football programme, call Paul Baker or simply turn up on the female football open day on Tuesday 14th February 2012 9.30am for 10.30am start (bring training kit for session on our 3G pitch as well as a drinks bottle) depart after a brief presentation at 12.20pm and sample what Gateshead College have to offer. You never know this could be your first step to becoming part of a great team !

For more information call Paul Baker on 0191 490 2494 Or 07736 638 914 or e-mail

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NUWFC have a long list of players who have attended or who are still attending Gateshead College. All are very proud to have been part of their successful Women’s Football Academy.

Below is a montage of a few of the Newcastle United WFC players who attended or are attending Gateshead College

Courtney Lock, Charlotte Potts, Laura Wareham, Steph Eadon, Sarah Eadon and NUWFC Captain Sarah Wilson.

  1. Women's Soccer United 9 years ago

    FIFA criteria (via

    Winning or losing of course is the most important criteria, but goal difference and goals scored are also taken into account as is shown in the following table.
    Actual Match Percentage from a non-winning perspective
    The table indicates the percentage of points for the losing team. The opponent is awarded the remainder of the points, except for a draw (goal difference = 0) when the opponent receives the same number of points.
    Examples: *Losing by 1-2 delivers 16%, **losing 3-4 delivers 18%, while ***losing 3-8 delivers 3.8% of the available 100%.
    Neutral ground or Home v. Away – the “H” value
    To correct the value for a home advantage, the rating points of the Home team are enhanced by a value “H”. A glance at the historical results shows that teams perform better at home than away; the home teams keep 66% of the points, while the opponents return home with 34%. To neutralise this effect, a correction is made by enhancing the rating of the home team by a value of 100 points (corresponding to 64%).
    Importance of the match – the “M” factor
    In friendly matches, the teams representing their countries are not necessarily the best a country has to offer, whilst it is clear that in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final two “ultimate” teams will appear. As a result, matches held at important (qualification) tournaments are a more precise measure of the strength of a team than a friendly. This element is taken into account by introducing the Match Importance “M” factor.
    For matches during the FIFA Women’s World Cup final tournament, this factor is four times bigger than the value of friendly matches, and for World Cup qualifying matches the difference is a factor of three. So, at major competitions, a lot more rating points can be earned and lost.
    However, for friendly matches amongst the top 10 ranked teams, the prestige of these matches make them of more importance and hence also a better estimate of the strength of the teams involved. Therefore, the friendly matches amongst the top 10 ranked teams are awarded double importance compared to regular friendlies.
    The following table shows the difference in importance of the competitions


    Difference in Rating Points
    The scaled difference in rating points between the two opponents “x” (x = [r1 – r2] / scaling factor) is used to predict the result of the match. The formula used to do so is of the form:
    P (x) = 1 / [1 + 10 ( x / 2 ) ]
    Rating point difference Predicted value
    +100 64%
    +200 76%
    +300 85%
    -300 15%
    For each team the prediction match percentage “P” is expressed in a value between 0 and 1 as a function of the difference in scaled rating points “x”.
    The scaling factor is chosen in such a way that the very best in the world can have rating points exceeding 2000, while the absolute beginners score around 1000 rating points.

    Final Formula
    Now that the ingredients of the ranking have been explained, we can introduce the real formula:
    R AFT = R BEF + K * (S ACT – S EXP)
    This formula uses the following parameters:
    R AFT Rating after the match
    R BEF Rating before the match
    K Importance of Match
    S ACT Actual Result
    S EXP Expected result

    Following a first evaluation of the Women’s World Ranking in November 2004 two changes in the ranking procedure were implemented, first taking effect in the March 2005 ranking.
    The first change was an increase of the so-called K-factor, which is reflected in an increase of the various M-factors (importance of a match). The higher this K-factor, the more weight is attributed to the most recent result and the more quickly the rating adapts to recent results.
    The second change was related to the importance of friendly matches. Because of the higher prestige of friendly matches between top teams, an extra rule was introduced to double the importance (M-factor) of friendly matches between two teams currently in the top 10.

  2. Asa 9 years ago

    Great news,thank you Colin

  3. Women's Soccer United 9 years ago

    This sounds great, fantastic opportunity for female footballers 🙂

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