Vahia, Durva

Durva, was at Exeter University when she played 12 games in goal for Exeter City in the Woman's National League Division 1 in 2016/17.

From a match report 

"Exeter keeper Durva Vahia was on hand to make tremendous saves to keep her team in the contest with the likes of Khassal, Charley Wilson-Blakely and Kerrie Ryan all having chances to extend the lead".

Durva has been playing football for 16 years and continued to do so whilst at University, where she not only played for the Exeter City Ladies Football Club, but also the University of Exeter Ladies Football 1stteam and the Futsal 1st team.

Durva, graduated from the University of Exeter in 2017 with an MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health, and has been making a big impact in India, coaching both women’s football and being the lead sports scientist for one of four elite boys youth academies in the country. 

At the beginning of 2019, her achievements were recognised by the Mumbai District Football Association who felicitated Durva as a Mumbai Icon at the local Yuva President League, held at Cooperage football ground.

In September 2018, Durva was appointed assistant coach of the under 19 Indian Women’s Football Team for the South Asian Football Federation Cup in Bhutan, where they secured third place. She also coached the team in the Asian Football Confederation Championship Qualifiers in Thailand, in October 2018.

Durva currently works as a lead sport scientist at the Reliance Football Youth Council (RFYC). Based in Navi Mumbai, the RFYC is one of the first football academies in India to have a dedicated sports science team for youth football.

“The most motivating aspect of coaching is the difference you can make in the lives of athletes” she said.

Durva has also worked with the national team in India.
In March 2022 Durva was one of 47 talented female coaches selected by FIFA for a scholarship, from 27 member associations, representing all six Confederations, as part of its Coach Education Scholarship programme designed to increase the number of female coaches working in football. 

Playing Record

Durva Vahia
Team Season Apps Goals
Exeter University 2014/15    
Exeter University 2015/16    
Exeter University 2016/17    
Exeter City 2016/17 12 0




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