Football


Key Information

Football is one of the longest established and most popular sports in the SSS programme.

Many Universities & Colleges field three or four teams, showing the strength and depth of the SSS programme.

A number of Scottish universities compete in the BUCS Men’s and Women’s Leagues, with fixtures played on Wednesday afternoons.

There are several different cup competitions that happen at differing levels of the structure, with the BUCS Championships & Knockouts, SSS Conference Cup and Plate.

Further to this, the men’s first teams compete for the Queen’s Park Shield, a separate knockout competition established in 2011 having previously been awarded to the winner of BUCS Scottish League 1A. The women’s teams compete for the SSS Women’s Cup with the finals day for both taking place in April.

Finally, there is a dedicated College Cup competition for both men and women with the Finals being contested at the College National Finals in May.

Sport Chair: Patrick Barnett

Contact: ScotStuFootball@hotmail.com

Governing body: Scottish Football Association


Upcoming Football Events


You might want to know…


  • The Football finals day in April is not one to be missed!

  • The men’s first teams compete for the Queen’s Park Shield, a separate knockout competition established in 2011 having previously been awarded to the winner of BUCS Scottish League 1A. The women’s teams compete for the newly rebranded #SheCanSheWill Cup with the finals’ day for both taking place in April.

  • A variety of the University teams also compete in the: Lowland League; East of Scotland League; West of Scotland League; Scottish Women’s Football League; and the regional Junior & Amateur Leagues.

Meet your Sports Chair

Patrick Barnett

I studied law at the University of Aberdeen from 2010 to 2015. During that time I played for the Mens Football Club and joined the Club’s Committee holding captaincy, organisational and coaching roles.

I then took on the role of Football Operations Co-Ordinator at Aberdeen Football Club. This role allowed me to gain experience and insight into the professional football industry by assisting the day-to-day management of the senior and youth academy squads. This is a perfect example of the opportunities which student football can bring beyond your studies!

I qualified as a solicitor with Addleshaw Goddard LLP in 2018.


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