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Following the success of the University World Cup - 3x3, FISU is all set to launch the University World Cup - Football in November 2019 with the same exciting format that brings the world's best university teams together for the inaugural edition taking place in Jinjiang, China. FISU’s newest event was in the works well before the Finals as teams earned their place in the world finals through their team performance in 2018. The 16 best men’s teams and 8 best women’s teams booked their ticket to Jinjiang through five continental qualifying tournaments. Known as the South Gate of China, Jinjiang is an ancient-yet-modern city uniquely suited to hosting the University World Cup. With 14 football venues for competition and training, 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 game amongst university students, both with football and by adding futsal to the World University Championships programme in 1984. The University World Cup allows FISU to further grow 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 Oleg Matytsin

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. 

Jinjiang is located in the Fujian Province along the Southeastern coast of China and has a population of just over 2 million. It has a history of over 1300 years and is the historic starting point of the Marine Silk Road. Over centuries, various cultures have integrated here and have added to its beauty. 

Jinjiang is also one of the most economically developed cities in China. It is truly an ancient yet modern city with a rich variety of cultural resources and a fast developing local economy, fit for both life, business and sport.

 

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The 2019 Finalists

 

The team draws of the inaugural  edition took place in Jinjiang on 11 September 2019. In a glittering ceremony that starred legendary football player Luis Figo, sixteen men's and eight women's teams were assigned to the following groups:

 

Men's Team Selection

  1. 9 teams coming through each Continental Qualifying Tournament held (from April to October 2018 by the CUSFs)

    • EUSA: 3 teams

    • AUSF: 2 teams

    • FASU: 1 team

    • FISU America: 2 teams

    • FISU Oceania: 1 team

  2. Selection of 4 teams by quotas allocated to CUSF (Hondt method )

  3. 1 Home Team

  4. 2 Wild Cards

Women's Team Selection

  1. 4 teams coming through each Continental Qualifying Tournament held (from April to October 2018 by the CUSFs)

    • EUSA: 1 team

    • AUSF: 1 team

    • FISU America: 1 team

    • FISU Oceania: 1 team

  2. Selection of 1 team by quotas allocated to CUSF (Hondt method )

  3. 1 Home Team

  4. 2 Wild Cards