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 Eligibility

Eligibility for Varsity matches and events is established by a set of rules that are governed by the Joint Blues Committee of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The current eligibility rules can be found in the document below:

 

Any queries regarding eligibility should be sent to competitions@sport.ox.ac.uk.

Varsity Fixtures and Results 2023/24

Club  Proposed date Venue Result
Oxf-Cam
Winner
American Football
Athletics - Men's Blues
Athletics - Women's Blues
Athletics - Men's 2nd
Athletics - Women's 2nd
Athletics - Freshers Varsity Men's 11/11/2023 Wilberforce Road  49-79 Cambridge
Athletics - Freshers Varsity Women's 11/11/2023 Wilberforce Road  71-71 Draw
Aussie Rules - Men's 02/03/2024 University Parks
Aussie Rules - Women's 02/03/2024 University Parks
Badminton  16-17/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Badminton - Mixed 18/11/2023 Cambridge 14-4 Oxford
Baseball 09/03/2024 Coldham's Common, Cambridge
Basketball – Men Blues 02/03/2024 Cambridge
Basketball – Women Blues 02/03/2024 Cambridge
Basketball – Men 2s 02/03/2024 Cambridge
Basketball – Women 2s 02/03/2024 Cambridge
Boxing 09/03/2024 Cambridge
Bowmen (Archery)
Canoe Polo
Canoe Marathon
Clay Pigeon Shooting - Men's Cambridge
Clay Pigeon Shooting - Women's Cambridge
Clay Pigeon Shooting - Men's 2s Cambridge
Clay Pigeon Shooting - Women's 2s Cambridge
Contemporary Dance
Cricket (Three Day) Trinity
Cricket - 50 over, Mens Trinity
Cricket - 50 over, Womens Trinity
Cricket - T20 Men's Trinity
Cricket - T20 Women's Trinity
Croquet
Cross Country - Men's Blues 02/12/2023 Wimbledon Common
Cross Country - Women's Blues 02/12/2023 Wimbledon Common
Cross Country - Men's 2s 26/11/2023 Cambridge
Cross Country - Women's 2s 26/11/2023 Cambridge
Cross Country - Men's 3s 26/11/2023 Cambridge
Cross Country - Women's 3s 26/11/2023 Cambridge
Cross Country - Men's 4s 26/11/2023 Cambridge
Sailing - Cruising (Dinghy)
Cycling - Mountain Bike
Cycling - Time Trial
Dancesport Trinity Iffley Road Sports Centre
Eton Fives - M1
Eton Fives - M2
Eton Fives - M3
Eton Fives - W1
Eton Fives - W2
Fencing 02/03/2024 The Abbey, Cambridge
Football - Men's Blues 15/03/2024 The Abbey, Cambridge
Football - Women's Blues 15/03/2024 The Abbey, Cambridge
Football - Mens 2nd 03/03/2024 Oxford City Stadium
Football - Mens 3rd 03/03/2024 Oxford City Stadium
Football - Womens 2nd 03/03/2024 Oxford City Stadium
Gliding  Early July Oxford Gliding Club, RAF Weston-on-the-Green
Golf 22nd-23rd March Rye Golf Club
Gymnastics - Women's Blues Cambridge
Gymnastics - Men's Blues Cambridge
Gymnastics - W2 Cambridge
Handball - Womens 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Handball - Mens 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Hockey - Mens Blues
Hockey - Womens Blues
Hockey - M2 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Hockey - W2 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Hockey - M3 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Hockey - W3 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Hockey - M4 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Hockey - W4 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Ice Hockey – Men 08-10/03/2024 Cambridge
Ice Hockey – Women 08-10/03/2024 Cambridge
Jitsu
Judo - Mens A Cambridge
Judo - Mens B Cambridge
Judo - Womens A Cambridge
Judo - Womens B Cambridge
Karate 02/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Kendo - A
Kendo - B
Korfball - Blues
Korfball - 2nds
Korfball - 3rds
Lacrosse – Men 24/02/2024 University Parks
Lacrosse – Women 24/02/2024 University Parks
Lawn Tennis - Men's Blues 28-30/06/2024 Moor Park Golf Club
Lawn Tennis - Women's Blues 28-30/06/2024 Moor Park Golf Club
Lawn Tennis - 2s-5s 22-23/06/2024 Cambridge
Mixed Martial Arts * 10/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Modern Pentathlon
Mountaineering - Men's Indoor Climbing 02/03/2024 HarroWall (TBC)
Mountaineering - Women's Indoor Climbing 02/03/2024 HarroWall (TBC)
Netball - Blues 24-25/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Netball - 2s 24-25/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Netball - 3s 24-25/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Netball - 4s 24-25/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Orienteering
Pistol Cambridge
Polo  01/06/2024 Guards Polo Club
Powerlifting - Mens 03/02/2024 Cambridge
Powerlifting - Womens 03/02/2024 Cambridge
Rackets The Queen's Club (London)
Real Tennis - Mens
Real Tennis - Womens
Riding / Equestrian (Blues)
Riding / Equestrian (2nds/3rds)
Rifle - .22 Varsity Women's
Rifle - .22 Varsity
Rifle - Match Rifle Varsity
Rifle - Target Rifle Varsity
Rifle - 2nd Team Varsity
Rowing - Men's Boat Race
Rowing - Women's Boat Race
Rowing - Men's Reserve Boat Race
Rowing - Women's Reserve Boat Race
Rowing - Lightweight Men's
Rowing - Lightweight Women's
Rugby Fives - Mens
Rugby Fives - Womens
Rugby League - Men's Blues 02/03/2024 StoneX Stadium
Rugby League - Men's 2s
Rugby League - Women's
Rugby Union - Men's Blues
Rugby Union - Women's Blues
Rugby Union - Women's 2s
Rugby Union - Men's 2s
Rugby Union - Women's 3s
Rugby Union - Men's 3s
Ski & Snowboard - Men's Blues Team 06/12/2023 Tignes resort, France
Ski & Snowboard - Women's Blues Team 06/12/2023 Tignes resort, France
Ski & Snowboard - Women's Individual 06/12/2023 Tignes resort, France
Ski & Snowboard - Men's Individual 06/12/2023 Tignes resort, France
Rifle - Small Bore
Squash - Mens Blues 17/02/2024 Royal Automobile Club, London
Squash - Womens Blues 17/02/2024 Royal Automobile Club, London
Squash - 2nds
Swimming - Blues 02/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Swimming - 2nd 02/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Swimming - Channel
Table Tennis - Mens Blues 03/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Table Tennis - Womens Blues 03/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Table Tennis - Mens 2nd 03/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Table Tennis - Mens 3rd 03/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Taekwondo 18/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Touch Rugby 24/02/2024 Worcester College, Oxford
Trampoline
Triathlon - Duathlon 03/02/2024 Eton Dorney
Triathlon - Men's Blues 11/05/2024 Eton Dorney
Triathlon - Women's Blues 11/05/2024 Eton Dorney
Triathlon - Men's IIs
Triathlon - Women's IIs
Triathlon - Men's Mob
Triathlon - Women's Mob
Ultimate Hilary Cambridge
Volleyball - Mens Blues 17/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Volleyball - Womens Blues 17/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Volleyball - Mens 2nd 17/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Volleyball - Womens 2nd 17/02/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Water Polo - Mens Blues 02/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Water Polo - Womens Blues 02/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Water Polo - Mens 2s 02/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Water Polo - Womens 2s 02/03/2024 Iffley Road Sports Centre
Windsurf
Sailing - Yacht Mixed
Sailing - Dinghy Women
Sailing - Dinghy Mixed

Past Results

 

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Varsity Eligibility


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Varsity Eligibility

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