Summer Games

Summer Games

The FISU World University Games are staged every two years in a different city. This celebration of international university sports and culture draws many thousands of student-athletes together to compete, making it among the world's largest and most prestigious multi-sport events.

Summer Games
  • HUN vs. RUS (Men's Waterpolo Final) | Kazan 2013 | #UniSportsClassics

    As one of the toughest team sports taking place at the pinnacle of university summer sports action, who will take the Summer Universiade 2013 gold in the sport’s heavyweight matchup between Hungary and Russian Federation?

    Can the Hungarian quartet of high powered scorers – Adam Szentsesi, Tamas ...

  • ITA vs. USA (Men's Waterpolo Final) | Naples 2019 | #UniSportsClassics

    Outside of the spirited closing ceremony, the Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade comes down to this — a packed Piscina Scandone cheering on the host nation against USA Team with the Waterpolo gold medal in the balance.

    Can the Italian team keep on with their dominating play in the pool? The motivati...

  • ITA vs. HUN (Women’s Waterpolo Final) | Napoli 2019 | #UniSportsClassics

  • HUN vs. RUS (Women's Waterpolo Final) | Kazan 2013 | #UniSportsClassics

    Student-athlete performances in Kazan still fill Summer Universiade lore and the women’s waterpolo gold medal game certainly fit that description, with the host nation Russian Federation taking on the always-strong Hungarians at the Burevestnik Swimming Venue.

    Both teams came into the knockout ...

  • ITA vs. KOR (Men's Football Final) | Gwangju 2015 | #UniSportsClassics

    It's the Cinderella story from the Games in Gwangju! Led by the tournament top goal scorer Wonjin Jung, South Korea goes for gold against the mighty Forza Italia student athletes footballers.

    After winning Summer Universiade gold in Palma de Mallorca in 1997, the Italians have made five final...

  • BRA vs. RSA (Women’s Football Third Place) | Kazan 2013 | #UniSportsClassics

    After defeating Chinese Taipei 3-1 in the quarters, Brazilian national team player Rafaela de Miranda Travalão and company were shut by Team GB in the semis. With the bronze medal on the line, will the Brazilian side find their way onto the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade podium?

    Standing in thei...

  • GBR vs. MEX (Women’s Football Final) | Kazan 2013 | #UniSportsClassics

    With both Great Britain and Mexico making sparkling — and undefeated — runs to the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade gold medal game, you know that some sublime football awaits.

    Headlined by three players that would play their way onto the national team — Sandra Stephany Mayor, Verónica Charlene Cor...

  • GER vs. BRA (Men's Basketball Semfinal) | Gwangju 2015 | #UniSportsClassics

    An all-time classic on the football pitch, this battle between undefeated Germany and the light-footed Brazilians on the hardwood court was equally spectacular.

    Relive the hard-fought Men's Basketball Semifinal at the Gwangju 2015 Summer Universiade on Saturday, 23 May, at 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT).

  • GER vs. USA (Men's Basketball Final) | Gwangju 2015 | #UniSportsClassics

    Riding the feathery touch and tenacity of standout combo guard Maodo Lô, quite possibly the finest German university basketball team ever takes on the United States with the Gwangju 2015 Summer Universiade title on the line.

    With the Americans hungry to return to international acclaim in the spo...

  • RUS vs. USA (Women’s Basketball Final) | Kazan 2013 | #UniSportsClassics

    As Team USA goes for the coveted three-peat in women’s basketball, student-athletes from the Russian Federation look for their team's first title since 1985.

    Led by a bevvy of future WNBA players, Team USA takes on a home team of Russian hoopsters with Summer Universiade 2013 gold on the line. H...

  • TPE vs. RUS (Women’s Basketball Third Place) | Taipei 2017 | #UniSportsClassics

    Having swept through the group stage and initial knockout rounds, hosts Chinese Taipei go for their first Universiade medal in women’s basketball on their home hardcourt.

    While they might no longer be in the mix for gold, the host team made Australia work for their spot in the final, coming up j...

  • AUS vs. JPN (Women’s Basketball Final) | Taipei 2017 | #UniSportsClassics

    Having topped the Summer Universiade women’s basketball once before in Bangkok 2007, the UniRoos of Australia look to head back to Oceania as two-time university sport global titlists.

    Having last made the Summer Universiade women’s basketball title game in 1967, can Japan top the field in 2017?...

  • RUS vs. UKR (Men's Volleyball Final) | Gwangju 2015 | #UniSportsClassics

    After vanquishing Ukraine and then Poland in successive Summer Universiade editions, the Russian team goes for the student-athlete world tournament three-peat in Gwangju. Led by towering hitter Ilia Vlasov, who podium earlier that summer at the European Games, and FIVB U21 world champ Ilyas Kurk...

  • IRI vs. UKR (Men's Volleyball Semifinal) | Taipei 2017 | #UniSportsClassics

    After playing in the Summer Universiade men’s volleyball gold medal finals two out of the last three tournaments, Ukraine goes for it again in Taipei City. Standing in their way is a talented Iranian team looking for their first Universiade medal of any colour in the event. Both teams come in und...

  • RUS vs. IRI (Men's Volleyball Final) | Taipei 2017 | #UniSportsClassics

    Following their sterling undefeated run to the final that included a 3-0 dismantling of perennial men’s volleyball powerhouse Ukraine, can Iran keep it up against the defending three-time champions from the Russian Federation?

    Leading the way for Iran is the transcendently talented trio of team ...

  • BRA vs. CHN (Women's Volleyball Final) | Shenzhen 2011 | #UniSportsClassics

    It’s two historic student-athlete women’s volleyball teams colliding on the volleyball court of Shenzhen with Brazil looking to steal the show from the Chinese hosts.

    The home team once bump, set and spiked their way to three consecutive Summer Universiade titles in the late 90s. Is this the sta...

  • BRA vs. RUS (Women’s Volleyball Final) | Kazan 2013 | #UniSportsClassics

    For the Russian Federation, it can only be one: classic Cinderella story of defeating the defending champions on their home court or heartbreak as they oppose the perennial volleyball powerhouse of Brazil.

    With a second-consecutive Summer Universiade women’s volleyball title standing in the bal...

  • TPE vs. JPN (Women’s Volleyball Semifinal) | Taipei 2017 | #UniSportsClassics

    Dropping only a singular set throughout the preliminary play and quarterfinals, can Chinese Taipei keep this impressive run to the Taipei 2017 title alive?

    Standing in their way is their seafaring neighbour Japan. Both teams have experienced the highest of #UniSports highs on the volleyball cour...

  • JPN vs. RUS (Women’s Volleyball Final) | Taipei 2017 | #UniSportsClassics

    After breaking the hearts of Chinese Taipei with their 3-1 win in the semifinals, could undefeated Japan put an end to the Russian Federation’s two consecutive titles one the court in Taipei City?

    The Sbornaja meanwhile rolls into the gold medal game undefeated on the other side of the ledger, h...

  • Artistic Gymnastics

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    Artistic gymnastics was added to the programme of the Summer Universiade in 1961 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Throughout its existence, university gymnastics provided athletes an opportunity to prepare themselves for other major FIG events such as the FIG World Championships or the Olympic Games.

  • Athletics
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    Athletics is a perfect example of the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ (‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’). The competitions require athletes to run faster, throw further, jump higher and leap longer than their rivals. Athletics is the largest individual sport in the programme of the Summer Unive...

  • Badminton
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    The first World University Badminton Championship was organised in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1990. Traditionally, all Asian countries have distinguished themselves in this discipline. Next to the WUC programme, Badminton also featured as an optional sport at the Summer Universiades in Asia (Bangkok & Sh...

  • Basketball

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    Basketball is one of the few sports which have featured at every International University Sports Week before joining the list of compulsory sports at the Universiade in Turin in 1959. It is one of the most anticipated tournaments of the Universiade as it gathers only high level players.

  • Diving
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    In 1961 diving became a compulsory sport in the Summer Universiade programme. Great success from the beginning invited the best divers to compete under the FISU five stars. Many diving competitors became future medal winners at the Olympics Games or FINA World Championships.