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Introduction on International University Sports Federation (FISU)

iJJnews.com2018-10-19 11:00

(I) International University Sports Federation (FISU) and FISU World Cup

The International University Sports Federation (FISU), founded in 1949, was found within universities to promote sporting values and encourage top performances in international competitions in harmony with and complementary to the values of higher education. FISU advocates friendship, fraternity, fair-play, perseverance, integrity, cooperation. It aims to incorporate sportsmanship in education, enabling students to realize an all-round development that is not just intellectual, but also moral and physical.

Initiated by FISU in 2017, the FISU University World Cup is currently the world's top-class university football event, which has great influence and popularity.

Jinjiang City, located in southeast China's Fujian Province, was approved by the Executive Committee of the FISU as the host of the FISU University World Cup in 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025. The FISU University World Cup is held every two years, including two stages – qualifiers and the finals. And qualifiers include tournaments at national and regional, and continental levels. It will invite football teams from 170 member countries and regions to fight for a spot in the national and regional qualifying tournaments, and the teams wining out will compete in the continental tournaments. The continental tournaments will take place in five regions: Europe, Americas, Africa, Oceania and Asia. And the teams to compete in the global finals will be decided according to the quota for each continental division, and fight for a spot in the finals with the wild-card winners. Some 800 players from 16 men's teams and eight women's teams will compete for the title in the finals.

(II) Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) and AUSF Asian Football Cup

Founded in 1992, the Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) is a continental association under the FISU. It aims to provide a platform for all university students in Asia to exchange and interact through sports. The goal of the AUSF is to promote international friendship, respect and understanding among Asian countries, and to fulfill the following missions: 1.To promote the coordinated development of the mind and body of Asian university students as a part of overall education through the promotion of sports; 2.To promote the virtues of sports and amateur sportsmanship and publicize the Olympic spirit to enhance the understanding of it; 3.To promote friendship among Asian universities and college students through exchange of sports events; 4.To enhance identification and understanding between countries through sports and cultural exchanges; 5.To encourage college athletes to improve ability in athletic competition.

Approved by the Executive Committee of the AUSF, Jinjiang will host the AUSF Asian Football Cup in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024. The AUSF Asian Football Cup is held every two years. As the qualifier for the FISU University World Cup, it will invite 16 men's and eight women's teams from Asia.

After communicating with the Office of the Leading Group for National Youth Campus Football and the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), based on the suggestions from the FISU and AUSF, the AUSF Asian Football Cup qualifiers for Chinese college students are going to be held from August 16 to 26, 2018 (11 days), the AUSF Asian Football Cup will be held from October 29 to November 11, 2018 (14 days), and the FISU University World Cup is scheduled to take place in October 2019.

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