About FISU World Cups

The FISU University World Cup Combat Sports is a competition format created to supplement other FISU competitions. The cup embraces a university-versus-university format instead of national delegations and, thus, are game-changers. To represent your ‘alma mater’ and compete with other students at a global level is a unique experience in the sporting world.

The main goal of the cup is to offer the chance to go global to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to compete on the international university sports scene. With this event, FISU seeks to improve the role and significance of university sport for student athletes.

The History

The History

The concept of the University World Cup dates back to 2015. It has paved the way for new sports disciplines, formats and concepts of competitions along with creation of a unique and distinctive way of developing university sport.

The first such competition was the FISU University World Cup 3x3 launched with great success. In 2019, the FISU University World Cup Football was held. Both events have become mainstays on the international sports calendar and are expected to pave the way for competitions in Rugby Sevens, Combat Sports, Handball, Floorball, American Football, Cheerleading, Powerlifting and Finswimming.

As part of the concept, a number of new sports will make their debut in 2022 being combined into a single block. The first FISU University World Cup Combat Sports will see the world's best university athletes battle it out in six sports, namely: Boxing, Karate, Muaythai, Sambo, Wrestling and Wushu.

All these combat sports are now included in FISU’s competition programme as part of the World University Games, or University World Cup tournaments.

The 2022, 2024 and 2026 editions will all be hosted in Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation - the fighting sports capital of the world! This city will also host the FISU World University Games in the summer of 2023.