Last updated : Friday, 01 December 2023
Northamptonshire Women's & Girls Football League
The Northamptonshire Women's & Girls Football League (NWGFL) is an amateur football league for women and girls in Northamptonshire, England. It is the largest female league in the county, with teams competing in a variety of age groups from U8 to Open Age.
The NWGFL was founded in 1972 as the Northamptonshire Ladies' Football League. It was renamed the Northamptonshire Women's & Girls' Football League in 1997 to reflect the increasing participation of girls in the sport.
The league has grown significantly in recent years, with over 100 teams currently competing. It is now one of the most successful women's football leagues in the country, having produced a number of talented players who have gone on to play at the highest level.
The season runs from September to May, with each team playing each other once in a round-robin format. The top teams in each division are promoted to the next division, while the bottom teams are relegated.
The NWGFL has been dominated by a handful of teams in recent years. Corby Town Ladies have won the Premier Division title a record 10 times, while Long Buckby Ladies have won the cup competition a record 12 times.
The league has also produced a number of talented players who have gone on to play at the highest level. Nikita Parris, Chloe Kelly, and Lucy Bronze all played in the NWGFL before moving on to play for England and in the Women's Super League.