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FISU’s newest sports property, the KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup - Football set the bar high with its inaugural edition held in Jinjiang, China from 21 November to 1 December 2019. Following the immense success of the format in 3x3 basketball five years ago, the tournament in Jinjiang paved the way for the future of university-versus-university competition in the world’s most popular sport. The event was in the works well before the world finals took place in the Fujian Province. Sixteen of the best men’s teams and eight women’s teams had booked their ticket to China through five continental qualifying tournaments that were held through 2018. There were also quotas allotted to Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) for home teams, as well as two wildcard teams in both the men’s and women’s draw.


“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. The FISU University World Cup Football brings together the very best university football teams in the world.”


FISU President Oleg Matytsin

After almost a year of training, preparation and tournaments, more than 400 student-athletes arrived in Jinjiang to participate in a tournament that would leave its imprint on them for the rest of their lives. They were to play a total of 62 matches over 11 days and most of the teams were raring to go, to take a shot at being crowned the first-ever ‘University World Cup Champion’ in football. The tournament created waves even before the first kick-off as one of FIFA’s ‘125 greatest living footballers’ arrived in Jinjiang to unveil the distinctive trophy. Argentine football legend Juan Sebastián Verón gave the green signal for the games to begin and had a word of inspiration for the participating student-athletes. “It’s important that you have a dream and follow it,” said Verón, who made his event entrance by walking hand-in-hand with two local ball kids. 


KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup - Football: 21 November - 1 December 2019


Here are your KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup - Football champions:





Highlights I KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup - Football ⚽️


Men's Final 



Women's Final 


Team Draw Ceremony | KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup - Football ⚽️


Earlier in the year, the tournament's Team Draw had been a star-studded affair led by the legendary football player Luis Figo.