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The purpose of this study was to provide an isokinetic strength profile of female soccer players and examine whether limb preference influences bilateral and reciprocal knee joint muscle balance. Gravity corrected isokinetic (60°·s-1) concentric and eccentric moment-angle profiles of both limbs were collected from 25 female soccer players from the 2nd tier of English women’s soccer. Bilateral muscle imbalances were present, but limb preference only had small effects on muscle strength asymmetry and reciprocal muscle balance ratios. Trivial to small non-significant differences between preferred and non-preferred limbs were observed throughout isokinetic range for each muscle group in each mode, suggesting that injury mitigation strategies for female soccer players should focus on developing global knee extensor and flexor strength, rather than on regional strength deficits.