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 2021/22

 
Sport Planned Date(s) Venue Winner Score
Amateur Boxing 05/03/2022 Town Hall Cancelled
American Football 14/05/2022 Cambridge
Archery - Experienced Mens 08/05/2022 Merton Field Oxford 2520-1954
Archery - Experienced Womens 08/05/2022 Merton Field Oxford 2610-2199
Archery - Novice 08/05/2022 Merton Field Cambridge 1980-1984
Athletics - Men's Blues 08/05/2022 Iffley Road Sports Centre Cambridge
Athletics - Women's Blues 08/05/2022 Iffley Road Sports Centre Draw
Athletics - Men's 2nd 08/05/2022 Iffley Road Sports Centre Oxford
Athletics - Women's 2nd 08/05/2022 Iffley Road Sports Centre Oxford
Aussie Rules - Men's 26/02/2022 Horspath Oxford
Aussie Rules - Women's 26/02/2022 Horspath Oxford
Badminton  04-05/03/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Oxford 48-27
Baseball
Basketball – Men's Blues 06/03/2022 Cambridge Uni Sports Centre Cambridge 67-72
Basketball – Women's Blues 06/03/2022 Cambridge Uni Sports Centre Cambridge 52-56
Basketball – Men's 2nd 06/03/2022 Cambridge Uni Sports Centre Oxford 59-40
Basketball – Women's 2nd 06/03/2022 Cambridge Uni Sports Centre Oxford 40-37
Boat Race - Men's Blues 03/04/2022 Tideway Oxford
Boat Race - Women's Blues 03/04/2022 Tideway Cambridge
Canoe
Cheerleading 13/03/2022 Oxford
Clay Pigeon - Men's A 12/03/2022 Cambridge Oxford
Clay Pigeon - Women's A 12/03/2022 Cambridge Cambridge
Clay Pigeon - Men's B 12/03/2022 Cambridge Cambridge
Clay Pigeon - Women's B 12/03/2022 Cambridge Cambridge
Contemporary Dance 20/02/2022 Oxford
Cricket 27/06/2022 Lords
Cricket - 4 Day 04/-07/07/2022 University Parks
Croquet
Cross Country - Men's Blues 04/12/2021 Wimbledon Common, London Cambridge 35-43
Cross Country - Women's Blues 04/12/2021 Wimbledon Common, London Oxford 44-36
Cross Country - Men's 2nd 27/11/2021 Priory Park, St Neots Oxford 64-21
Cross Country - Women's 2nd 27/11/2021 Priory Park, St Neots Oxford 60-25
Cross Country - Men's 3rd 27/11/2021 Priory Park, St Neots Oxford 58-27
Cycling - Mountain Biking Men's 27/02/2022 Frimley Green, Surrey  Cambridge
Cycling - Mountain Biking Women's 27/02/2022 Frimley Green, Surrey  Cambridge
Cycling - Time Trial Men's 27/02/2022 Frimley Green, Surrey  Oxford
Cycling - Time Trial Women's 27/02/2022 Frimley Green, Surrey  Oxford
Equestrian 21/04/2022 Cherwell Equestrian Centre Cambridge
Eton Fives - Men's Blues 05/03/2022 Eton College Oxford 3-0
Eton Fives - Women's Blues 05/03/2022 Eton College Oxford 3-0
Eton Fives - Men's 2nd 05/03/2022 Eton College Cambridge 1-2
Eton Fives - Women's 2nd 05/03/2022 Eton College Oxford 3-0
Fencing - Men's Blues 05/03/2022 The Corn Exchange Cambridge 155-120
Fencing - Women's Blues 05/03/2022 The Corn Exchange Oxford 134-96
Fencing - Men's 2nd 05/03/2022 The Corn Exchange Oxford 135-99
Fencing - Women's 2nd 05/03/2022 The Corn Exchange Oxford 133-109
Football - Men's Blues 13/03/2022 Abbey Stadium, Cambridge Oxford 1-0
Football - Women's Blues 13/03/2022 Abbey Stadium, Cambridge Oxford 4-1 pens (2-2 FT)
Football - Men's 2nd 26/02/2022 Oxford City Football Club Cambridge 1-3
Football - Women's 2nd 26/02/2022 Oxford City Football Club Cambridge 0-2
Football - Men's 3nd 26/02/2022 Oxford City Football Club Oxford 5-4 pens (1-1 FT)
Gliding 
Golf 25-26/03/2022 Formby Golf Club Oxford
Gymnastics 06/03/2022 Stevenage Gymnastic Centre Cambridge
Handball - Men's 26/02/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Cambridge 31-32
Handball - Women's 26/02/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Oxford 30-21
Hockey - Women's Blues 06/03/2022 Southgate Hockey Club Venue Oxford 2-0
Hockey - Men's Blues 06/03/2022 Southgate Hockey Club Venue Oxford 3-1
Hockey - Men's 2nd 20/02/2022 Astro, Iffley Oxford Shuffles (3-3 FT)
Hockey - Women's 2nd 20/02/2022 Astro, Iffley Oxford 3-1
Hockey - Men's 3rd 20/02/2022 Astro, Iffley Oxford Shuffles (2-2 FT)
Hockey - Women's 3rd 20/02/2022 Astro, Iffley Oxford 5-3
Hockey - Men's 4th 20/02/2022 Astro, Iffley Oxford 1-0
Hockey - Women's 4th 20/02/2022 Astro, Iffley Oxford 3-0
Ice Hockey - Men's 12/03/2022 Cambridge Ice Rink Cambridge 2-4
Ice Hockey - Women's 12/03/2022 Cambridge Ice Rink Cambridge 3-6
Judo 12/03/2022 Cambridge University Cambridge 1-4
Karate 06/03/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Cambridge 67-239
Korfball - Blues 05/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Oxford 12-10
Korfball - 2nd 05/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Cambridge 4-10
Korfball - 3rd 05/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Draw 5-5
Lacrosse - Men's Blues 26/02/2022 University Parks Oxford 13-11
Lacrosse - Women's Blues 26/02/2022 University Parks Cambridge 7-12
Lacrosse - Women's 2nd 26/02/2022 University Parks Cambridge 5-7
Lacrosse - Men's 2nd 26/02/2022 University Parks Oxford
Lacrosse - Mixed Blues 26/02/2022 University Parks Cambridge 7-13
Lacrosse - Mixed 2nd 26/02/2022 University Parks Cambridge 3-11
Lawn Tennis
Lawn Tennis - Blues 25/06 - 26/06 Moor Park Tennis Club
Lightweight Rowing - Men's 20/03/2022 Tideway Cambridge
Lightweight Rowing - Women's 20/03/2022 Tideway Cambridge
Modern Pentathlon - Women's Blues 01-02/04/2022 Tonbridge School Oxford
Modern Pentathlon - Men's Blues 01-02/04/2022 Tonbridge School Cambridge
Modern Pentathlon - Men's 2nd 01-02/04/2022 Tonbridge School Oxford
Modern Pentathlon - Women's 2nd 01-02/04/2022 Tonbridge School Oxford
Mountaineering - Mens 06/03/2022 Harrow Climbing Wall Oxford Oxf: 1st & 2nd
Mountaineering - Womens 06/03/2022 Harrow Climbing Wall Oxford Oxf: 1st & 2nd
Netball - Blues 26/02/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Oxford 59-38
Netball - 2nd 26/02/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Cambridge 38-36
Netball - 3rd 26/02/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Oxford 54-32
Netball - 4th 26/02/2022 Main Hall, Iffley Oxford 47-32
Orienteering 09/04/2022 Lake District Cambridge
Polo - Blues 06/02/2022 Black Bears Polo Club Oxford 21-0
Polo - 2nd 06/02/2022 Black Bears Polo Club Oxford 15-2
Polo - Novice/Beginner 06/02/2022 Black Bears Polo Club Oxford 16-0
Powerlifting - Men's 13/02/2022 Cambridge Uni Sports Centre Cambridge
Powerlifting - Women's 13/02/2022 Cambridge Uni Sports Centre Cambridge
Rackets
Real Tennis - Men's 04-05/03/2022 MCC Real Tennis Club, Lord's Oxford 6-0
Real Tennis - Women's 04-05/03/2022 MCC Real Tennis Club, Lord's Cambridge 2-4
Pistol - A Team 12/03/2022 Elizabeth Way Bridge Shooting Range Cambridge 1971-2016
Pistol - Women's Team 12/03/2022 Elizabeth Way Bridge Shooting Range Cambridge 1867-1971
Rugby Fives
Rugby League - Blues 05/03/2022 OURFC, Iffley Oxford 18-14
Rugby League - 2nd 05/03/2022 Jesus College, Oxford Cambridge 14-16
Rugby Union - Men's Blues 02/04/2022 Twickenham Oxford 21-17
Rugby Union - Women's Blues 02/04/2022 Twickenham Draw 10-10
Rugby Union - Men's 2nd 12/03/2022 OURFC, Iffley Oxford 20-10
Rugby Union - Women's 2nd 12/03/2022 OURFC, Iffley Cambridge 0-24
Rugby Union - Women's 3rd 12/03/2022 Oriel College Cambridge 0-22
Ski and Snowboard - Men's 03-10/12/2021 Val Thorens Cambridge
Ski and Snowboard - Women's 03-10/12/2021 Val Thorens Cambridge
Squash - Men's Blues 19/02/2022 Royal Automobile Club Cambridge 2-3
Squash - Women's Blues 19/02/2022 Royal Automobile Club Cambridge 0-5
Squash - Men's 2nd 05/03/2022 Squash Courts, Iffley Cambridge 1-4
Squash - Women's 2nd 05/03/2022 Squash Courts, Iffley Oxford 4-1
Squash - Men's 3rd 05/03/2022 Squash Courts, Iffley Cambridge 1-4
Swimming - Men's Blues 26/02/2022 Swimming Pool, Iffley Oxford 50-40
Swimming - Women's Blues 26/02/2022 Swimming Pool, Iffley Oxford 53-37
Table Tennis - Men's Blues 05/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Oxford 8-2
Table Tennis - Men's 2nd 05/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Oxford 9-1
Table Tennis - Men's 3rd 05/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Oxford 3-2
Table Tennis - Women's 05/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Cambridge 1-9
Taekwondo 26/02/2022 Cambridge Uni Sports Centre Oxford
Touch Rugby Men's 26/02/2022 OURFC, Iffley Cambridge
Touch Rugby Women's 26/02/2022 OURFC, Iffley Oxford
Trampoline 05/03/2022 Sports Centre, Cambridge Cambridge 475.75 - 449.85
Triathlon  07/05/2022 Dorney Lake
Ultimate (Outdoor) - Men's Blues 05-06/03/2022 Sports Centre, Cambridge Cambridge 9-10
Ultimate (Indoor) - Men's Blues 05-06/03/2022 Sports Centre, Cambridge Cambridge 13-14
Ultimate (Outdoor) - Women's Blues 05-06/03/2022 Sports Centre, Cambridge Cambridge 2-8
Ultimate (Indoor) - Women's Blues 05-06/03/2022 Sports Centre, Cambridge Cambridge 7-10
Ultimate (Outdoor) - Men's 2nd 05-06/03/2022 Sports Centre, Cambridge Oxford 12-3
Ultimate (Indoor) - Men's 2nd 05-06/03/2022 Sports Centre, Cambridge Cambridge 6-10
Volleyball - Men's Blues 06/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Cambridge 0-3
Volleyball - Women's Blues 06/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Oxford 3-0
Volleyball - Men's 2nd 06/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Oxford 3-2
Volleyball - Women's 2nd 06/03/2022 Acer, Iffley Cambridge 2-3
Water Polo - Men's Blues 26/02/2022 Swimming Pool, Iffley Oxford
Water Polo - Women's Blues 26/02/2022 Swimming Pool, Iffley Oxford
Water Polo - Men's 2nd 26/02/2022 Swimming Pool, Iffley Cambridge
Water Polo - Women's 2nd 26/02/2022 Swimming Pool, Iffley Cambridge
Yacht

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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