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Varsity Football back with a bang

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

The hottest university football tournament is back with a bang with the 2023 Varsity Football tournament set to kickoff on 27 July. Fans can once again look forward to an action-packed competition that not only entertains and excites but is also a stepping stone to greatness in the most-watched sport on the planet.

Since the first tournament in 2013, Varsity Football has gone from strength to strength with the clear message to players that it is all about chasing their dreams, reaching their full potential and leaving it all on the field.

Lisa Roux, head of Varsity Sports, says the endless possibilities that come with playing in the tournament and the impact it has had on the players’ lives, have been phenomenal.

“Varsity Football is where future football stars are born and where they showcase their skills. It's where the field of dreams becomes a reality and where lives are transformed. This season, Varsity Football will once again be more than just another tournament, it will be a cultural phenomenon and one that you can’t afford to miss out on. We're talking about the vibe, the people, and the endless opportunities that define Varsity Football.”

This year, UJ, TUT, NWU, VUT, UFS, CUT, UFH and UWC will take each other on over seven rounds between 27 July and 7 September. The semi-finals against the top four teams are scheduled for 14 September while the final will be contested on 28 September. All matches take place on Thursday with featured games broadcast live on SuperSport.

The 2023 Varsity Football Women’s tournament will take place between 11 and 19 August. UFH, UKZN, UP, Wits, UJ, UWC, DUT and TUT are vying for top honours.

TUT beat UJ 2-1 in last year’s men’s final and will undoubtedly be out to claim an unprecedented fourth Varsity Football title. The Pretoria-based team were the champions in 2016 and 2018 and also made it to the final in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Apart from the football action, fans can also look forward to the #IyachesaFAN challenge at games and on social media, as well as some great exciting promotions from main sponsor FNB. Suzuki and new sponsor Cashbuild have also thrown their weight behind the foremost university football competition in South Africa.

The opening round of the 2023 Varsity Football tournament on 27 July will see the following action:

NWU vs UJ (17:00) - NWU Mafikeng Stadium

UFS vs TUT (19:15) - Shimla Park

UFH vs VUT (15:00) - Davidson Stadium

CUT vs UWC (18:30) - CUT Stadium

For all the 2023 fixtures click HERE.

For tickets click HERE.


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