EUWAFC 1ST TEAM 

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The Edinburgh University Women's Football Club 1st team have continually dominated Scottish University Football for over 25 yearsThe first team have had continued success since 1993 when EUWAFC was first founded.

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Since 2020, the First Team have competed at the highest standard of University Football, the BUCS Northern Premier League. 

Season 2021/22 so far...
"It's been a fun and exciting start to the season. We have welcomed several new players into the squad (12 1st team debuts against loughborough) and we are trying to improve as a group each game. We have set targets and we will continue to strive to improve. There is no easy games in the Premier League and you have to be ready for a tough challenge each week." - Mike Ross, 1st Team Head Coach. 

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After winning the promotion play-offs in 2019, the team continues to play in the top league of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) –

the Northern Premier League 

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The 2018/19 season saw the EUWAFC 1st team complete a magnificent double as they became BUCS Scottish League and Scottish Student Sport Cup Champions.

Following the league win, the team went on to win the promotion play-offs to secure their place in the Northern Premier League for the 2019/2020 season.

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Our First Team won the Alex Currie Award for Most Inspirational Performance of the Year 2018/19 by beating Stirling in the SSS Cup Final and Nottingham Trent in the BUCS Northern PREM Playoffs.

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2017/18 season seen the first team winning the Scottish 1A league after a fantastic season.

 

Their success in the Scottish league put them into the Premiere League North Playoffs, where they went on to beat Leeds University but unfortunately lost the final round against Loughborough University.

Coaches

The 1st Team is coached by UEFA A qualified, Head Coach, Mike Ross and  SFA C-Licensed, Assistant Coach Cliff Barraclough.

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Mike Ross

Mike is now into his 8th year as Head Coach of the Women’s 1st team at the University after joining the club in 2012. He has coached the 1st team close to 100 matches! During this time Mike has led the 1st team to the Scottish Division League Title in 2014,2016,2018 & 2019. He won the Scottish Student Sport Cup in 2016 & 2019 and has reached the semi finals of the British Trophy in 2017. As a result of this success in 2019 he was nominated for Coach of the Year in the Sports Union. He has also overseen the club increase from 1 to 3 competitive BUCS team and 2 Futsal teams. In 2016 he coached the 1st Futsal team to become the 1st Scottish Team to win the British Futsal Trophy Final at St Georges Park. Mike also works closely with the Women’s 2nd and 3rd team and has previously been the Head Coach at Scottish Women’s Premier League club Spartans and Hutchison Vale.

Mike holds a BA Honours Degree in Sport Development and Coaching and also holds the UEFA A license, NSCAA Master Coach Diploma, NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF B License and has also completed his UEFA B with the English FA. Mike has previously coached at the Scottish Football Association’s (SFA) Women’s Regional Performance Academy in the South East Region where he delivered individual sessions for elite players involved at International (A squad, U19 and u17) and Regional level within the women’s game in Scotland. Working with the SFA has allowed Mike to travel to Sweden and Northern Ireland with the U17 Women’s National Squad. He has also visited Switzerland, Cyprus, Sweden and Norway on various educational and scouting trips observing women’s football development in Europe. More recently he has been to Holland for Euro 2017. Mike has previous coaching experience with Northumbria University Women’s Team, Newcastle United Development School and spent 5 years living and working in New York for Major League Soccer (MLS) professional club New York Red Bulls.

Cliff Barraclough 

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Cliff is in his second year coaching with EUWAFC and is Assistant 1st team coach: he is a SFA C-Licenced coach and currently undergoing the UEFA B football coaching qualification.

He played semi-professional football for over a decade at Spartans in the East of Scotland League and learned from many excellent coaches whilst there. Since retiring from playing, he has spent the last decade coaching in the womens game including the last 2 years as lead coach with Boroughmuir Thistle Women U19 National Performance Team. This has included coaching and mentoring many Scottish youth international players.
 
Cliff’s Football Coaching Philosophy is simple: 
Players need to enjoy playing and training in a happy environment that’s conducive to learning. The players need to know they are valued as people and that they will always be treated with respect. The sessions should be ready to go on the players arrival and flow quickly from one activity to another.  He believe that players should touch the ball as much as possible and drills should feel like games as much as possible with a competitive edge. Cliff assists Mike with 1st team training and enjoys chewing over tactical dilemmas with him on match days!

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1s Captain_VC - Kristina Kim and Izzy Co

Captains

2021/22

Captain: Izzy Coppel (left)

Vice-Captain: Kristina Kim (right) 

Fixtures and Results 

To view all first-team BUCS fixtures and results, visit BUCS Play or download the mobile application.

For the SSS Cup, visit the Scottish Student Sport website.

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Photo Credit to Craig Doyle Media