Leeds Beckett Soccer currently boasts 7 teams, three female and 4 male. The Club is staff led and student-run with the aim of providing a high level of competitive, representative football for players, whilst providing opportunities for the development of coaching, management, leadership and administration skills for the members. With roots back to 1993 the LBU Soccer team is one of our most established clubs and holds the Leeds Beckett gold club mark.
Our soccer programme enables you to balance university sport, academic success and external club commitments and, as part of the LBU soccer team you’ll be following in the footsteps of some giants of the game. Past players include Lucy Bronze, Olympique Lyonnais and England star, voted UEFA women’s player of the year and finishing 2nd in the Ballon D'or. Not to mention Jade Moore of Reading and England, another World Cup semi-finalist.
meet our coach
Head Coach Ruth Brazier is our Head of Soccer and long-term advocate of Leeds Beckett University, playing for the soccer team throughout 3 different levels of study.
MEET OUR HEAD COACH Ruth Brazier
It’s been a great first year with the squad, we’re going from strength to strength. All the teams have welcomed me with open arms and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. We’ve had some great players over the years going on to achieve the most prestigious accolades in the game. Watch this space for more!
Head coach Ruth Brazier brings both coaching prowess and academic excellence to the team. She took up the position as Head of Soccer after completing her PhD, while also working in coach development for the FA. In her role as Head of Soccer she oversees and manages the football programme, including coaching, coach development, recruiting players and coaches, whilst also aligning with our courses to enhance student employability.
Ruth is a long time advocate of Leeds Beckett, studying her Bachelors, Masters and PHD here, all the while playing for the team. During her time playing for the squad she was nominated for, and won, the LBU sports personality of the year award, awarded to 'the player who has been the heart and soul of the team'. Ruth brings this same energy to her Coaching role, making the Soccer team one of the most popular teams at the University.
Ruth Brazier, Head Coach
Carnegie International Soccer Academy
Leeds Beckett University soccer players also have the option of joining the Carnegie International Soccer Academy (CISA), delivered in partnership with Premier League Club Leeds United F.C.
Everything you need to know
Train to be the best
Our Soccer teams train twice a week on our purpose built, fully floodlit, rubber crumb 3G pitch. You’ll have weekly Strength and Conditioning sessions, video analysis / match prep and recovery sessions. During the season you'll have one game a week one a Wednesday, hence the campus term BUCS Wednesday. Nothing compares to the Wednesday afternoon buzz around campus and you can be sure to find some supporters close by!
All training is scheduled around your studies, taking up around 15-20 hours of your time weekly, spread over four to five days including evening and weekends.
example training schedule (womens)
- Monday: Team training 17:00-19:00
- Tuesday: Conditioning 17:00-18:00 | video analysis
- Wednesday: Game day
- Thursday: Recovering and conditioning 13:00-15:00
- Friday: Team training 07:00-09:00
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Rest day
LBU GOLD CLUB MARK
Champions League Winning Alumni
Lucy Bronze has won the Champions League, PFA women's player of the year, UEFA women's player of year
Three time Premier North league champions