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.