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University World Cup - Football

Following the success of bringing universities worldwide with 3x3 Basketball, FISU will launch the University World Cup – Football finals in 2019.


FISU’s newest event began one year before the finals with continental qualifying tournaments (QTs) leading up to the University World Cup - Football finals. The 16 best men’s teams and 8 best women’s teams from the QTs qualified for the finals, which will take place in JinJiang, China.


Known as the South Gate of China, JinJiang is an ancient-yet-modern city ideally suited to hosting the University World Cup — Football. With 10 competition and training venues, JinJiang is a city of football.


Also contributing to the event’s success is the FISU and FIFA collaboration, which goes back to 1966. Since then, FISU has helped FIFA grow the sport amongst university students, both with traditional Football and by adding Futsal to the World University Championships programme in 1984. The University World Cup allows FISU to further grow o jogo bonito the beautiful game, on the university campus.


“We are experiencing the beginning of something that I know will be very special for university sports and that I believe will be very special for Jinjiang. I am confident that the FISU University World Cup Football will bring together the very best university football teams in the world.” - FISU President Matytsin


World University Leagues

The University World Cup is part of the World University League series. The Leagues compliment other FISU events like the Universiade and the World University Championships while also helping to bring student-athletes into the fold who might not otherwise step onto the international university sports scene. For the first time in FISU history, competitions are organised between university teams rather than having student-athletes compete for national teams.


How the University World Cup – Football began

In August 2017, FISU signed an agreement with its Chinese Member Association FUSC for the rights to host four editions of the final round in China. The FISU University World Cup - Football finals will take place in 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025 in Jinjiang China.


Where the continental qualifiers took place

The continental qualifying tournaments for the 2019 finals. (More information to come.)


The teams playing at the 2019 finals

(More information to come.)