AFC Leyton

Never A Better Time To Get Involved

Since capturing the nation’s heart during the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, the Lionesses headed by Sarina Wiegman have continued to inspire.

In what has been a thrilling Women’s World Cup, the Lionesses have continued to showcase the opportunities available to women across football and what can be achieved with dedication.

The profile the competition has provided to women’s football has been excellent – and if you’re one of the many girls or women that have been inspired by England or the Women’s World Cup competition, there’s never been a better time to get involved in the game.

London FA has a huge number of opportunities on offer to females of all ages looking to get involved in football locally, across all areas.


If you’re looking to get involved in playing, there are some easy ways to do so.

Aged 5-11? Weetabix Wildcats is for you!

Weetabix WildcatsSo, what is Weetabix Wildcats? Well, it’s non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new amazing friends.

Click here for more information on how to find your local Weetabix Wildcats provider near you.

Are you interested in setting up your own Weetabix Wildcats session to provider fun football for girls aged 5-11, complete our expression of interest form here.

Aged 12-14? Let us introduce you to Squad Girls Football!

Squad GirlsSquad Girls is specifically designed to give autonomy, choice, and a voice for girls, so they have the freedom to develop and build self-confidence through engaging, fun and flexible football.

Through fun, non-competitive football, Squad aims to help girls cultivate a positive connection to physical activity and football whilst developing them to become confident young leaders and make friends!

Click here for more on Squad Girls and how to find your nearest session.

We’re also lucky to have a fantastic number of clubs across London that have women and girls’ teams! All you need to do is get in touch and they will be delighted to welcome new players for their first training season.

Do you want to run fun, inclusive football for girls aged 12-14? Express you interest in becoming a Squad Girls provider here.


Next steps on the pathway…

If you’re already playing football and are looking for opportunities to showcase your talents at a higher level, there are opportunities to do so locally as well.



If you are a club or league and interested in working with your local Emerging Talent Centre –  please register your interest here


Lionesses Head Coach Sarina Wiegman addressing players in training at St. George's ParkThe professionalism and quality coaching delivered by Sarina Weigman and her team continues to impress.

Would you like to get involved in coaching female players across London?

The first port of call in the EE Playmaker Course by England Football, which is a free online course to provide you with an introduction.

Click here for more information.

Following on from the Playmaker course, the first step on the FA’s coaching pathway is by enrolling on the Introduction to Coaching Football course, which is run by England Football Learning and hosted at venues across the country.

100FC – funded female coaching programme

100FC is a joint initiative between Amateur FA, London FA and Middlesex FA, with backing from Wembley Stadium National Trust. 

The programme addresses the shortage of female coaches across the capital and supports the rapidly increasing player participation numbers with a ready, willing, and able workforce who have been given the opportunity to flourish in a safe and developing coaching environment.

The Women's World Cup sign up window for the 100FC Female Coaching Programme for season 23/24 is open until 3rd September 2023, with Orientation Day taking place at Greenwich University on Saturday 23rd September. We are offering a minimum of 100 funded course places for females. 

Please click here for more details and how to apply


London FA is also dedicated to helping as many female referees get involved in the game locally, with the FA Referees Course being the first step.

We’re running a number of referees courses in the coming weeks and months – and everybody is welcomed.

Click here to take a look at the courses we have coming up and register your place online.

If you would like to know more about female only referee courses, and potential bursary places – please register your interest here

Looking for Funding?

Sported have partnered with Barclays to launch the new Barclays Community Football Fund, offering small grants, training, kit and exclusive ticketing offers to make football more accessible in communities across the UK. 

Grants of £500 are available for groups wishing to start offering football, those keen to expand their existing provision to new audiences or those already delivering football to under-represented young people. Alongside the grants, the programme will be offering training and support resources to groups to help reduce inequalities in the participation of football.

The programme will focus on including girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups: including racially diverse communities, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQ+ community.

Find out more here

Should you wish to learn more about all of the fantastic opportunities available within Women & Girls’ football in London, please click here.

Alternatively, drop us a line and we can provide more information and support. Email