Oxford University Women's Association Football Club
Oxford University |
Women's Association Football Club
Marston Sports Ground,|
|Head Coach||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. 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.
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.
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
Current Blues squad
As of 7 February 2016. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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.
- BUCS Midlands Division 1A
- "Blues Squad". OUAFC. Retrieved 7 February 2014.