Address: Liverpool FC, 1oth Floor, 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG
Centre contact: Ianthe Mumford
2018 TRIALS INFORMATION
Who can apply?
Trials are open, meaning that any girl who fits the following three criteria to join the RTC is able to register; players must be eligible to play for the England team, live within 90 minutes’ drive from the RTC (currently based at WA8 7DZ), and be in the right age groups.
The RTC covers four age-bandings, U10, U12, U14 and U16, for the 2018/19 season the following applies;
- U10’s – Children born between 1st Sept 2008 – 31st August 2010
- U12’s – Children born between 1st Sept 2006 – 31st August 2008
- U14’s – Children born between 1st Sept 2004 – 31st August 2006
- U16’s – Children born between 1st Sept 2002 – 31st August 2004
What is the process?
Anyone wishing to trial must first complete the application form, for safeguarding reasons we cannot accept anyone who turns up without having registered in advance.
Trials are held over a number of sessions, with players who we’d like to see again invited back to the later ones. It is recommended that you are able to join at least two of the assessment dates and that you are able to attend the final closed session if invited to join.
For 2018/19 we will be hosting those from grassroots separately to players coming from other RTC’s or player development centres; we believe this will allow all girls the chance to shine and show their skills in smaller groups. Numbers of players recruited at each age group will vary, but spaces will be limited and competition at all levels extremely high.
Players will be put into the age group that they will be playing in during the up-coming season not their current age group, for example if you are nine, but will be 10 before 31st August, you will be trialled with the U12’s.
Application Form: Click here
Trial Dates for 2018/19
- 4th June – 5.30-8.30pm – RTC/PDC players
- 6th June – 5.30-8.30pm – RTC/PDC players
- 7th June – 5.30-8.30pm – Grassroots players
- 11th June – 5.30-8.30pm – Grassroots players
- 13th June – 5.30-8.30pm – Grassroots players
- 14th June – 5.30-8.30pm – Invite only
The U10’s and U12’s will be in 5:30pm-7pm and the U14’s and U16’s 7-8:30pm.
What if I can’t attend the given dates?
It is our aim to confirm our squads through the trial process and therefore if you do not attend the sessions it is unlikely that you will be able to trial later in the season. If there is a genuine reason you cannot attend one of the dates it might be possible to work around this, however, it is important that you are able to come to as many of the advertised sessions as possible (minimum two) and if invited to the closed round on 14th June it is strongly recommended that you are free as this is when final decisions are made. Please note that the last date will be invite only and cannot be used for an initial assessment.
We understand that injury and illness can fall at an unfortunate time and clash with trials, if you are registered and find you are injured/ unwell when the date comes around please let us know and we will try to find a workable solution. However, with spaces so limited we cannot reserve places for players who aren’t fully fit to participate in June to trial at a future date.
In exceptional circumstances we invite players into trial mid-season, these are players often sourced by the club and unsolicited requests for a trial are generally turned down. We are also unable to attend events to scout players.
What happens when I’m selected?
The coaches will let you know if they’d like to formally offer you a space in the RTC, sometimes this is before the trials are concluded, on other occasions it will be at the end of all the sessions.
We hold an induction evening for all players at the start of July, which you’ll be invited to and where you’ll have the chance to meet other players and staff, be passed information about the club, key dates and timetables etc. From there we kick into pre-season and the hard work begins!
What if I’m not selected?
We hope that all the players enjoy coming into an LLFC session, however understand that due to the nature of trials some will be disappointed not to progress. While the RTC is aimed at elite development we hope that all involved will continue to enjoy playing football and find the right environment for them to play. Not being selected one year should not preclude anyone from trying again, especially those who made it through to later rounds.
Please note that while the coaches will try to offer guidance to each player during the sessions, we cannot provide detailed individual feedback either during or after trials. We also won’t comment about performances to anyone other than parents/guardians and coaches as listed on the application form.
If you’re not part of a team or are looking to move teams and you’d like information on local teams you can join, the local County FA’s would be more than happy to help you; Anna Farrell is the key contact at Liverpool and Steph Knott represents Cheshire. We also have good links with our Sister Clubs who are often looking for players, please let us know if you would like contact details.
What if I’m too young/ too old to join the RTC
For those still too young to be in the RTC the LFC Foundation runs a number of girls’ only sessions across Liverpool and many clubs run development programmes for younger girls. We encourage you to keep playing and developing so that you can really shine when you’re old enough to trial.
Entry to the Liverpool Ladies Development Squad/ Academy is a different process, we do not hold open trials, and instead selected players are invited to trial individually. As with the RTC spaces are extremely limited and competition and standards expected are very high, with involvement in an elite programme often desired. As with the RTC unsolicited requests to trial are usually turned down.
If you have a query not answered in the above, please contact Ianthe.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note due to the high volume of emails we receive regarding trials, there might be a delay in responding.