Ana Marcos, Atlético de Madrid player, kicks off the universities Football championship at university Camilo José Cela


  • It is the first time that the championship has been organised at a university in Madrid and has featured the collaboration of the municipality of Boadilla del Monte.
  • As part of its commitment to women's football, UCJC will host all of the athletes at its halls of residence and all the matches of the 12 women's teams.
  • The tournament will be refereed by Second Division referees who will train with the VAR system for the first time. It will be the first competition to feature Hawk-Eye technology, chosen by the Royal Spanish Football Federation for the coming 2019-2020 season.
  • A total of 32 teams from European universities will participate, with 553 players, 93 coaches and 20 referees


Madrid, 21 July 2019.- The European Universities Football Championship has started today with honorary kick-off by Ana Marcos, student on the Degree in Physiotherapy of the University Camilo José Cela, Atlético de Madrid player and two-times European champion with the Spanish National under 18 and 19 teams.


"This tournament is further testament to the growth of University Camilo José Cela in recent years, with this initiative it shows its support for both men's and women's football, which I think has progressed a great deal in recent years, and we hope to continue counting on this support in the future", said Ana Marcos.


University Camilo José Cela was selected, in 2017, by the EUSA (European University Sports Association) to host this tournament in Spain, being the first time that a Madrid university is designated to organise and host this continental competition.


The competition runs from today until 27 July at the Ángel Nieto Municipal Complex in Boadilla del Monte, where the men's tournament is played, and at the sports facilities of the UCJC, which host the women's category. The first four European championship matches were:


In the women's category, the matches between the University of Lleida (Spain) and the University of Frankfurt (Germany), and between the University of Toulouse (France) and the University of Basel (Switzerland). As for the men's competition, matches have been played between University Camilo José Cela (Spain) and Sogn og Fjordane University