VarsityFootball : Ladies gather in Potch once again
Varsity Football is a South African soccer tournament, where eight universities from across the country compete for 12 weeks for the coveted trophy.
The women’s version of the competition is just as well contested despite taking place over a shorter time span.
This year’s competition kicks off on 21 September and all the matches will be played at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds in Potchefstroom. Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) are the defending champions having won the tournament for the past three years.
These eight teams are:
- Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
- University of Western Cape (UWC)
- University of Johannesburg (UJ)
- University of Free State (UFS)
- University of Cape Town (UCT)
- University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks)
- North-West University (NWU)
- Central University of Technology (CUT)
“Varsity Football has developed into an amazing product,” says Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi, Varsity Football Manager. “Women’s football within South Africa is growing and Varsity Sports is proud to be able to offer women’s football such an amazing platform. The number of stars that have graduated from Varsity Football is testament to the level of excellence that these women perform at during the Varsity Football tournament.”
The three-day tournament means players have to be optimally conditioned and remain match fit. Each university will play four matches over three days, of which two matches – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – are played on the second day.
Three-time champions, TUT, will face-off against UP-Tuks in their opening fixture while last year’s runners-up, UWC, will play against the home side, NWU, in the final match on day one. Teams are 3divided in two groups of four, with the top two sides of each pool going on to play the semi-finals. The Women’s Varsity Football final is played at the same venue as the men’s final.
TUT are the most successful women’s side in Varsity Football history after winning all but one tournament, the inaugural trophy. The Pretoria side beat UWC in last year’s final, in front of a packed TUT Stadium. This match was played ahead of the men’s final.
Matches get underway at 16:00 on 21 September and will kick off as early as 10:00 on day two. Each team will play two matches on the 22 September.