Women's Football

Football at Loughborough is supported by a great coaching team, we have teams for all abilities and everyone is welcome to join.

Loughborough Lightning Football

Loughborough Lightning Women FC is a brand-new exciting team established for the 2021-2022 season who compete in the FA Women's National League, Northern Premier Division. 

We proudly represent Loughborough University as part of the Loughborough Lightning Family.  Our campus is the home for world class female sport. The Lightnting Family includes Netball, Cycling, Rugby and Wheelchair Basketball. 

Performance Football

The Loughborough University Performance Football programme is led by UEFA B Licensed Coach Issy Martin. Loughborough University Women's Performance squad currently compete in BUCS Premier North, the top division for University Football.

Players within the programme utilise the world class facilities on campus from preseason through to the end of the season. Performance squad players receive support through our multi-disciplinary team with dedicated strength & conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, performance analysts and nutritionist.

Within the programme players also have access to Performance Lifestyle support and our top athletes can apply for scholarships. 

Overall eligibility criteria for Scholarships can be found here. The prerequisites to apply are WSL Academy/Championship and Tier 3 Senior Experience. Players must commit to playing for the University as part of the Scholarship agreement, please note that receiving a scholarship is not guaranteed even if you meet the required criteria.

AU Club

Loughborough Students Women's Football club have four squads competing across the top four levels of BUCS.

Our teams currently compete in the following leagues:

  • 1st Team – BUCS Premier North & BUCS Championship KO Cup
  • 2nd Team – BUCS League Midlands 2B & Midland's Conference KO Cup
  • 3rd Team – BUCS League Midlands 2A & Midland's Conference KO Cup
  • 4th Team – BUCS League Midlands 3B & Midland's Conference KO Cup

All fixtures and results for BUCS are on the BUCS Play app or webpage. To see BUCS Play please see the link below.

Further Opportunities

In addition to the club competing in BUCS there is the opportunity to play for LSWFC in the Women's Football Pyramid. We currently compete at Tier 5 of the Women's Football Pyramid in the East Midlands Regional League Premier Division, the Leicestershire & Rutland County Cup and the East Midlands Regional Alliance League Cup.


At Loughborough University there is the opportunity to play futsal. LSWFC currently compete in the FA National Futsal Series South Division as well as two BUCS sides. If you are interested in competing in Futsal for LSWFC please contact us using the link below.

Loughborough Students Futsal logo

Loughborough University Futsal Club

For more information on the futsal offer at Loughborough University please contact us via the link below.

Loughborough Students Football logo

Loughborough University Women's Football Club

For more information on playing for the AU at Loughborough University please contact the LSWFC Club Chair.