Goal Diggers, one of London’s biggest grassroots football teams open to women and non-binary players, said they have to cap training at a local school to 60 players and spaces can go within minutes. Fleur Cousens, who founded the team four years ago, said she has been looking for bigger pitch space in Hackney and Islington for three years, but the search has become more desperate over the past few months.
Islington Gazette: We can't get training space because booking system favours men's teams
16 October 2019
Grassroots women's football clubs are being denied access to primetime training spaces on Islington pitches by a system they say favours block booking by better-established men's teams.
Diva Magazine: Looking for some queer fun? Here’s our top 10 lez/bi club nights
03 October 2019
Murder On Zidane’s Floor
Have you ever heard a better football pun? We think not.
Murder On Zidane’s Floor is a quarterly club night run by female and non-binary footballers which takes place The Yard Theatre – a well-known queer spot in London.
Everyone is welcome here and all proceeds from the night go to non-profit football club, Goal Diggers FC, who are committed to making football accessible, affordable and inclusive to women and non-binary people.
Women's World Cup: Footballers capture their own stories
25 June 2019
Photographer: Katy Castle, GDFC
Location: Clapham Common, London, UK
"All the players are on each other's shoulders putting up the net. It so neatly depicts what I wanted to portray, GDFC as a community of players who support each other. I felt bad that I wasn't helping but I needed to be an observer so I could take the photo. I don't think I need to explain it more."
Evening Standard: Female FC are on the ball: the rise of women's football in London
24 June 2019
The capital is seeing a rising wave of successful women’s sides, from Goal Diggers FC — a club for all women and non-binary people — to Hackney creative collective Romance FC, which recently collaborated with Nike to design its own line of jerseys.
Vogue: Where To Celebrate The Women's World Cup 2019
19 June 2019
The Festival of Football will be hosting Levelling the Playing Field, an interactive day of workshops, talks and creative sessions with Fare, Discover Football, Football v Homophobia and Clapton CFC at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in east London. The goal is to give female and non-binary fans, players and coaches practical advice to make their football experience more inclusive and community-driven. Part of a diverse timetable presented by Goal Diggers FC, all events are non-profit with proceeds going to Football Beyond Borders and LGBTQ+ Youth Homeless Charity, AKT.
The Guardian: 'I was fed up of being told it's a man's game': why more women are playing football
13 June 2019
Polly Simpson, treasurer of the women’s football team Goal Diggers, has the simple task of posting the sign-up list for training and matches each week. But as the club has grown from a handful of players in 2015 to more than 150 now, Simpson’s administrative responsibilities can no longer be described as mundane.
The Telegraph: How the World Cup is rekindling the spirit of England's summer of 2018
13 June 2019
At The Book Club another 150 fans gathered for the England game. Jenna Al-Ansari, the Arts & Culture Programmer for the venue, is expecting “close to 200” fans to turn out for tonight's match against Argentina, and the Friday night crowd should ensure no shortage of raucousness.
Al-Ansari calls the partnership with Goal Diggers a “perfect fit”, and reports a growth in midweek trade as a result of the screenings, to the point where they aim to keep showing women’s games after the tournament ends.
London Live: The Festival of Football to celebrate women
04 June 2019
Women's football is set to take over East London this summer - with a series of screenings, discussions, tournaments and taster sessions. The Festival of Football will celebrate women and non-binary people in the sport, from grassroots to professional levels, with the hope of raising profiles, and encouraging participation. Hannah Wright is the festival director and Fleur Cousens, is a founder of the Goal Diggers football club, they spoke to Anthony Baxter.
Time Out: Game On! Meet the Londoners kicking sport into the future
04 June 2019
As the Women's World Cup kicks off, Isabelle Aron finds out how London women are forging new friendships and communities through football. Featuring Goal Diggers member Lily Grant and Katherine Yeşilırmak.
Elle: 20 Incredible Ways To Get Excited About The Women's World Cup
02 June 2019
The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on 7 June in France, with England’s opener on 9 June against Scotland. And while it is one of the most popular sports for women, it still holds certain stereotypes. Like, well, being a sport mainly for men. Yet a record-breaking 750 million people watched the 2015 tournament in Canada, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino has set a target of 1 billion for this year.
Londonist: Where To Watch Screenings Of Women's World Cup 2019 Matches In London
17 May 2019
Festival of Football at The Book Club and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Run by Goal Diggers FC, the Festival of Football is a series of events celebrating increased participation in women's football. Most events take place at The Book Club and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in Shoreditch, including panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitions.
Metro.co.uk: The Festival of Football
16 May 2019
It is set to be an incredible summer of women’s sport – and we are finally starting to see mainstream media coverage and the recognition that female athletes deserve. But getting ordinary women interested in elite female sport is another matter. There are deep-seated stigmas and stereotypes that still put so many women off from watching or engaging with sport – and changing attitudes is going to take some more inventive thinking.
Season Zine: International Women Football Experience 2019
24 April 2019
On 12-13 April 2019, Milan-based team Calcetto Eleganza lit the fuse in Italy with the first ever International Women Football Experience to introduce their women’s team to the international scene. Determined to do things differently and capitalise on a major cultural moment, the increasingly influential outfit organised two days of fun, football and design during Milan Design Week supported by Nike.
Rachel's Story: The Arsenal Foundation
21 April 2019
GDFC member Rachel Vankin's story was featured in the My Story section of the Arsenal programme.
The Domestique Vol. 3: This is what a footballer looks like
4 April 2019
Think of a footballer, and the likelihood is that you’ll think of a man. Much like pro cycling, football has been dominated by men through most of its history. It wasn’t always this way: in the early 20th Century, and through the First World War, women’s football was big, drawing huge crowds. Then, the FA banned women from playing on Football League grounds under the auspices that, ‘the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged’.
New York Times: MOZF
3 February 2019
Mr. Bishop said he saw The Yard as playing an important role in supporting London’s subcultures, through nights such as Pride of Arabia, which defines itself as being for “queers from the Arab world,” or Murder on Zidane’s Floor, an event run by Goal Diggers, an East London soccer club for women and people who identify as nonbinary.
Tribe: Women Who Play Football
20 December 2018
'Women Who...' is Tribe's new 8 part lifestyle series aimed to inspire women through bi-weekly interviews. Each episode is a snapshot into the lives and passions of everyday women that excel in their field. In this video Tribe takes a closer look at 'Women Who Play Football,' including GDFC coach Ciara Monahan and GDFC founder Fleur Cousens.
15 November 2018
Catch Up with Slowe Club with Special Guests Fleur Cousens from Goal Diggers, the London based football team & Romance FC's Trisha Lewis, bringing you everything on women and non-binary people in Football, and the wider sporting world.
Camden New Journal
7 September 2018
A football team for women are celebrating their three-year anniversary with a fundraising club night.Goal Diggers, who are sponsored by the Old Red Lion Theatre Pub in Angel, are struggling for pitch space to accommodate their 170 members. Their current training pitch at Holloway School in Hilldrop Road can only fit up to 60 people.
29 June 2018
Put "female football fan" into a search engine and the image results are a stream of attractive young women in tight shirts and, sometimes, no shirts. Tired of sexualisation and misrepresentation, some fans have decided it's time to level the playing field.
Islington Tribune Article
9 March 2018
Anyone for Murder on Zidane's Floor with Goal Diggers FC
This Fan Girl
8 March 2018
Moving the Goalposts
Panel: Girls on Film LDN presents Moving the Goalposts
7 March 2018
Girls on Film presents a discussion on the state of women's team sports followed by a screening of the cult classic Bend It Like Beckham.
7 March 2018
Kitty Burne/Goal Diggers FC
4 March 2018
Three of the Best Women's Teams
Panel: Season Issue 03 Launch
20 January 2017
Fleur Cousens joins the panel for a discussion to celebrate the launch of Season Magazine's latest issue.
Book: Roar of the Lionesses
1 August 2016
The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England
Radio: Eastcast show
16 June 2016
Goal Diggers FC - Rethink Women's Football
Kick It Out
8 March 2016
Women in Grassroots Football: Fleur Cousens' Experience