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History

1931 The early years of the club were intertwined with the men’s game and has its origins with an organisation called the OTIOSE (pronounced OSHIRES) Youth Club in 1931 which involved junior teams with a good many at Unley High School.

1941 Cumberland United began as a men’s soccer club.

1979 Beginning of ad hoc women’s competition.

1980 After many years of girls playing in boy’s teams a formal Women’s and Girls Competition was established in 1980 with Cumberland fielding teams in all grades. They were called Cumberland Vixens, the formation of this team was initiated by Mrs Rita Pidgeon and Carol Sissons and made up of various player’s wives and friends who wanted to play soccer. The team started in Division 2 taking out the Championship and consequently promoted to Division 1.

1981 The Vixens fielded two teams, Division 1 and 2 with the Div 1 team finishing second in the League and winning the Cup while the Div 2 team finished second. With space now at a premium pressure was always on to find enough room for girls and boys to play

1985 In 1985 the Vixens moved their operations to the Marion Club where it played successfully for a number of years, female teams were no longer part of the CUFC. However, there was continued interest by girls and women at CUFC with girls playing in boys teams.

1995 By the mid 1990’s there was significant momentum in the women’s game and CUFC successfully lobbied to establish the South Australian Women’s Soccer Association. A renewed interest in women’s soccer, in schools and at club level, sees a Cumberland team re-emerge winning League and Cup.

1997 Cumberland United Soccer Club women’s committee encouraged the development of a junior league within the South Australian Women’s Soccer Association and was an inaugural participant in the Under 14 competition.

2000-3 Cumberland fielded a team in each new age group as it arrived: under 12s, then U16s, U13s and U10s.

2004 The women and men formally separated in 2004 to establish the Cumberland United Women’s Football Club and moving to the Women’s Memorial Playing Fields at St Mary’s. CUWFC has continued to pioneer the women’s game in South Australia, always fielding teams across all age groups, winning League and Cup honours through all grades. CUWFC is the home of many players who have gone on to be part of State Representative Teams from SAPSASA to SASI, FFSA to Matilda’s and W-League

2014 Fielded multiple teams across U11 and U9 Divisions in the inaugural FFA Mini Roo season.

2016 Awarded one of 8 PS4 WNPL licenses for the inaugural FFSA Ps4 WNPL season.

2017 CUWFC is the only club in the FFSA to field multiple teams in all Junior Girls Divisions including the inaugural Aldi Mini Roo U7 Girls competition.

The Development of the Playing Fields since its inception in 1953.

http://www.womensmemorial.org.au/history

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