The Varsity Series

Every year, Varsity fixtures take place in most competitive sports between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Whether the team involved is the Rugby Blues (first team) playing at Twickenham in front of a 20,000+ strong crowd, or a 3rd team playing in front of their friends and family, the Varsity match is often the most important fixture in any Oxford team’s calendar. The training and hard work that go into the run up to each Varsity fixture are a huge part of the sporting year at both institutions. For a full list of sports that compete in a varsity visit our Sports A to Z.

The History of Varsity

The man who began the Varsity match tradition was Charles Wordsworth of Christ Church, Oxford, who in June 1827 arranged a two-day cricket match against Cambridge at Lords. The first Boat Race between the two universities followed in 1829, and was rowed over 2 and a quarter miles between Hambleden Lock and Henley Bridge. The second Boat Race was not until 1836 which was rowed over more than double the distance, from Westminster Bridge upstream to Putney Bridge. It was in this race that one of the Cambridge oarsmen tied a light blue ribbon to the bows of the Cambridge boat (the colours of his school, Eton College). The colour dark blue was then ascribed to Oxford because it is the colour of Christ Church College, and the Oxford crew sported white jerseys with dark blue stripes during the race. These colours have remained over the years and even now student-athletes represent Oxford in dark blue and Cambridge in light blue, with first teams in both institutions generally know as 'the blues' in most competitive sports. Those student-athletes who have represented Oxford in a Varsity match against Cambridge in a Full Blue sport (and acheived the criteria within their sport) are deemed to have achieved a 'blue' and are entitled to wear a dark blue blazer. For more details regarding earning a 'Blue' please visit our Blues Awards page.

 

Varsity Fixtures and Results 2022/23

 
Club  Proposed date Venue Result Winner
Amateur Boxing 10/03/2023 Oxford Town Hall
American Football
Athletics Trinity
Aussie Rules  18/03/2023 Cambridge
Badminton  05/03/2023 Sports Centre and Gym, University of Cambridge
Badminton - Mixed 19/11/2022 Iffley Road Sports Centre 17-1 Oxford
Baseball
Basketball – Men 11/03/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Basketball – Women 11/03/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Boat 26/03/2023
Boat - Reserve 
Bowmen
Canoe W3 Trinity Oxford (TBC)
Contemporary Dance Hilary Oxford (TBC)
Cricket (Three Day) Trinity
Cricket - 50 over, Mens Trinity
Cricket - 50 over, Womens Trinity
Cricket - T20 Trinity
Croquet
Cross Country - Blues 03/12/2022 Wimbledon Common
Cross Country - II-IV 26/11/2022 Shotover
Cruising (Dinghy)
Cycling  
Cycling - Time Trial W0 Trinity
Dancesport 13/05/2023 Cambridge
Eton Fives
Fencing 04/03/2023 Examination Schools, Oxford
Football - Blues
Football - Reserves
Gliding 
Golf
Gymnastics
Handball 25/02/2023 Cambridge
Hockey - Blues 12/03/2023 Southgate Hockey Club
Hockey - 2s/3s/4s 19/02/2023 Wilberforce Road Sports Ground
Ice Hockey – Men 04-05/03/2023 Oxford Ice Rink
Ice Hockey – Women 04-05/03/2023 Oxford Ice Rink
Judo 05/03/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Karate W7/8 Hilary Cambridge (TBC)
Kendo 05/03/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Korfball
Lacrosse – Men 25/02/2023 Jesus College Cambridge Sports Grounds
Lacrosse – Women 25/02/2023 Jesus College Cambridge Sports Grounds
Lawn Tennis - Blues Trinity
Lawn Tennis - 2s-5s Trinity Iffley/Uni Parks
Lightweight Rowing
Modern Pentathlon
Mountaineering
Netball 26/02/2022 Cambridge
Orienteering 01/04/2023 Drabovna, Czech Republic
Polo  Trinity Guards Polo Club, Smith's Lawn, Windsor Great Park
Powerlifting 04/02/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Rackets Hilary Queen's Club
Real Tennis Hilary The Tennis Club, MCC, Lord’s Cricket Ground 
Riding
Rifle Association - .22 Varsity 04/03/2023 Bedford Rifle Club
Rifle Association - Match Rifle Varsity 13/07/2023 Bisley Shooting Ground
Rifle Association - Fullbore Varsity 22/07/2023 Bisley Shooting Ground
Rifle Association - 2nd Team Varsity 11/03/2023 Cambridge University Rifle Club
Rugby Fives
Rugby League - Men's
Rugby League - Women's W2/3 Trinity
Rugby Union Football 25/03/2023 Twickenham Stadium
Ski and Snowboard 
Small Bore
Squash Rackets - Blues 18/02/2023 Royal Automobile Club (RAC) London
Squash Rackets - 2nds 04/03/2023 Cambridge Sports Centre
Swimming 25/02/2023 Parkside Pools, Cambridge
Table Tennis 
Taekwondo 04/02/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Touch Rugby Hilary
Trampoline 05/02/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Triathlon 
Ultimate 05/03/2023 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Volleyball 04/03/2023 Cambridge Sports Centre
Water Polo 25/02/2023 Parkside Pools, Cambridge
Yacht

Past Results

 

 

See a missing result or have fixture details to update? Contact competitions@sport.ox.ac.uk with the details.

Varsity Eligibility


Student eligibility for Varsity can be found in Appendix 1 of the Blues Committee Constitution, this can be found on our Blues Awards page

Blues Awards

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