European University Sports Association (EUSA) events are for universities that qualify from their domestic university competitions, and allow the top universities in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competitions to compete against the best universities in Europe. BUCS are the EUSA member for the UK and responsible for sanctioning UK entrants to EUSA events.
In partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) the Student National Championships Series are the qualification events for European Universities Games and Championships.
European Universities Combat Championships (EUSA Combat) 2023
EUSA taekwondo 2023
Four European universities championships are being held together: Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, making this event the biggest EUSA (European Universities Sports Association) event in 2023.
- 1200+ participants, 300+ European universities, 30+ European countries, 4 competition locations, 150 volunteers
- Location: Zagreb, Croatia
- Taekwondo: Sports hall “Dvorana Trešnjevka”
- Arrivals and accreditations: 19 July 2023
- Opening Ceremony: 20 July 2023
- Competition days: 21 – 23 July 2023
- Departures: 24 July 2023
- Schedule is subject to change, updates will be sent to qualifying athletes in due course
EUSA events take place each year, and alternate annually between the EUSA Games (a multi-sport event, in even-years) and the EUSA Championships (a series of single-sport events/ combat sport games, in odd-years). They are the principal student sports events of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and champions league of European university sport. The 2016 European Universities Games were attended by around 5000 student athlete qualifiers from 403 universities in 41 countries, competing in 23 sports, including taekwondo sparring and patterns disciplines.
EUSA events include A-class WTF rules sparring, A-class Kukkiwon individual patterns and A-class Freestyle patterns disciplines. Qualification for student-athletes competing in these disciplines’ divisions in the BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series is determined by their final individual placement. The number of qualification spots varies depending on each division’s total unique player population across the series: qualification is restricted to BUCS overall gold medallists only in categories of 4 fighters or less, gold and silver for categories of 8 or less, and top-4 only when more than 8 fighters contest the category. It is not possible to enter a different weight division than the one in which the student-athlete has qualified.
Please note that EUSA event access is by qualification only and not selected, hence, there is no discretion within an entry for illness, injury, form, unfavourable draws, national squad members who were competing elsewhere, individuals that missed the qualifiers with mitigating circumstances, or other subjective factors. There are no nationality restrictions for qualification i.e., domestic and overseas students are equally eligible. While entries are co-ordinated centrally all entrants will represent their university in EUSA competition as part of a composite UK team, as opposed to representing Great Britain or BUCS.
All entrants must meet BUCS eligibility criteria and be in good standing with their university’s student union and sports department. All athletes and other delegates must abide by the rules, regulations, and codes of conduct of the BSTF, their individual institutions and BUCS for EUSA team members. While there are no maximum age restrictions for students entering BSTF events, EUSA’s regulations require athletes winning a qualification spot must be aged 30 or under to attend EUSA Games and Championships (also note, current FISU regulations require athletes attending the World University Games be 26 or under).
More information about the event can be found on the BUCS and EUSA websites.
Please note that qualifiers will need to discuss funding with their athletic union/ sports department as this varies greatly between universities. Neither the BSTF or BUCS funds university teams at EUSA events and the full cost is to be paid by the competing university (or directly by the participants at the institution’s discretion). The fees charged include the participation fee (per person per day, including accommodation, transport and meals), the event entry fee(s), provision of referees (where required), and other event costs. Fee levels vary year-to-year and by the hosting location, with details shared directly with qualifiers and any institution/ athlete nominated coaches by email shortly after the final qualification event. BSTF provides administrative support to qualifying athletes and their universities, and the composite team head of delegation. While the BSTF is not itself an athlete funding body we can offer guidance on accessing EUSA event and elite athlete funding schemes which may be available to you through your own university sports department/ athletic union.
Please be aware that EUSA strictly require all participants, including any nominated coaches, must join the delegation in order to participate. This means, if a qualifying athlete would like their university coach to coach them at an EUSA competition, the coach must register via BSTF, pay the same inclusive EUSA event fees and abide by the same delegation rules. Therefore, it may be more somewhat expensive for a coach to participate in an EUSA competition than at some European G-1 events. Spectators have typically been allowed into competition spectator areas at EUSA events free of charge but are strictly prohibited from entering both the athletes’ village (including all accommodation, catering and recreation areas, and so on) and the competition areas at the event.
Please be aware that the standard of competition is equal to that of G-1 competitions. Qualifiers should discuss with their club coaches and institution administrators if they are performing at a suitably high level and can commit to the volume of training required to compete as safely as possible.
*Qualification boundaries and qualifying scores are subject to change. Tournament dates are subject to change. Qualification criteria may be reviewed in the event that the World Taekwondo modifies the ranking status of the event.