Oxford University
Full nameOxford University
Women's Association Football Club
Founded1986; 38 years ago (1986)
GroundMarston Sports Ground,
Oxford, England
PresidentEngland Erin Robinson
Head CoachEngland Russell Hullett
LeagueBUCS MARS Midlands Division 1A
2013-14BUCS MARS Midlands Division 2A, 1st
WebsiteClub website

Oxford University Women’s Association Football Club is an English 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 Oxford University A.F.C., 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The first women's varsity match was played in 1986, in which Oxford clinched the victory, beating the Light Blue side 4-3. As of 2016, out of the 29 Blues varsity matches to date, only 2 ended in draws, with the Dark Blues winning just 8 of the games. However, considering just the last 10 years up to 2016, 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 squads

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

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

The alumni squad playing the Blues in the hotly anticipated annual Alumni match, was as follows for the 19/20 season:

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF Scotland SCO Anna Green
4 MF United States USA Sarah Shao
5 DF England ENG Chloe Coates
6 MF England ENG Lucie Bowden
7 MF England ENG Viola Lough
8 MF England ENG Katharine Nutman
9 FW England ENG Sophie Cooper
10 FW England ENG Anna Simpson
11 FW United States USA Chantal Paine
12 FW England ENG Holly Bridge
14 DF England ENG Julia Chen

The match, played on 22 February 2020 at the Oxford City football stadium, ended in a 6-0 win for the alumni squad.

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.[citation needed]

Notable alumni

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


  1. ^ "Women's Blues and Furies | OUAFC". www.ouafc.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Sports (A to Z)". www.sport.ox.ac.uk.
  3. ^ "BUCS Midlands Division 1A". Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  4. ^ "OUWAFC - Oxford University Women's Association Football Club". ouwafc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "History of OUAFC | OUAFC". Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Oxford University Sports Federation". Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Blues Squad". OUAFC. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  8. ^ @RachelRileyRR (11 July 2014). "@OUWAFC I briefly played for the..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)