Oxford University Women's Association Football Club

Oxford University
Full name Oxford University
Women's Association Football Club
Nickname(s) Blues
Founded 1986 (1986)
Ground Marston Sports Ground,
Oxford, England
President England May Martin
Head Coach Philippines Rob Gier
League BUCS MARS Midlands Division 1A
2013-14 BUCS MARS Midlands Division 2A, 1st
Website Club home page

OUWAFC is the Oxford University Women's Association Football Club, an English Women's football club representing the University of Oxford.[1] The club consists of two squads, the Blues (1st XI) and the Furies (2nd XI). Both teams compete in the BUCS League against other British universities. The Blues won BUCS Midlands Division 2A in the 2013/2014 season, gaining them promotion into Midlands Division 1A. The Blues have retained their place in this league for the 2016/17 season. The Furies won the Midlands 3A league in 2015/16, gaining promotion to the 2A division.


The club was founded in the 1980s and merged with OUAFC, the respective men's club, in 1998.[2]


The Blues and Furies compete in BUCS Midlands Division 1A[3] and 2A respectively. The fixtures run from October through March.

Varsity match

The climax of the season for both teams is the varsity match against Cambridge University. Those women selected to compete in the Blues varsity match receive an Oxford Half-Blue in recognition of their footballing success, with the Full Blue status being achieved if Oxford win the match, or the squad have a "successful" season in BUCS with regards to the Blues status conditions. In 2016, Oxford won the 31st varsity match 1-0.

The first women's varsity match was played in 1986, in which Oxford clinched the victory, beating the Light Blue side 4-3. Out of the 29 Blues varsity matches to date, only 2 have ended in draws, with the Dark Blues winning just 8 of the games. However, considering just the last 10 years, the dark blues have won on 4 accounts.[4][5]

Blues status

Blues Squad 13/14

The women who compete in the Blues varsity match are awarded with an Oxford Blue under the following criteria:

Half Blue: 14 awards maximum to all those who play in the varsity match; subs must have played for at least 5 minutes.

Full Blue: 14 awards maximum. Awarded to women who play in the varsity match AND fulfil any of the following criteria:

Win the varsity match OR The team reaches the semi final of the Midlands Conference Cup (any player reaching this must have been selected for at least 50% of the cup matches) OR The team gets promoted that season [6]

Current Blues squad

As of 7 February 2016. [7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK May Martin
2 England DF Maddie Hooper
3 Scotland DF Anna Green
4 Australia DF Sien Van der Plank
5 England DF Helen Bridgman
6 England MF Ellie Backhouse
7 United States MF Colleen Lopez
No. Position Player
8 United States FW Chantel Paine
9 England FW Christina Gough
10 England MF Sian Kelly
11 Switzerland FW Sonia Curtis
12 England FW Mary Hintze
13 England DF Claudia Hill
16 United States GK Kirstin Anderson
17 United States MF Zoe Wallace

College football

A Furies player 13/14

24 women's college teams are registered to the Women’s College League, of which there are four divisions. Eight of these are joint teams made up of two or three colleges. The college teams also compete in the Cuppers competition, which was won by Worcester College in the season 2013/2014, with a 1-0 victory over Keble/Hertford.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni include Rachel Riley[8] (TV presenter) and Jen O'Neill[9] (editor of She Kicks women's football magazine).


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