This section of the website helps club committees to provide their members with information about competitive sport at the University.
British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) is based in London and oversee all sport from Premier League to knockout competitions. Scottish Student Sport (SSS) is based in Edinburgh and oversees the organisation of lower league competition and facilitates the centrally organised weekend competitions for the BUCS Office.
Join, enter or follow university sport on BUCS Play
BUCS Play is the hub for ALL domestic British university sport competitions. The new mobile app is used for both league programmes and events.
Every athlete who wishes to compete in a BUCS event or for a BUCS team must download the BUCS Play app and create an account to be eligible to participate.
BUCS Play Captain
A BUCS Play ‘Captain’ is the individual within an institution’s sports club who is responsible for the players in their team and for the selection of these individuals for fixtures. This doesn’t have to be a team captain and can be a coach or other individual with these responsibilities.
A captain’s job:
- Entering scores (home team only)
- Setting pre-match team sheets
- Reviewing opposing team’s team sheets
- Managing your team
More information on how to become a captain and their roles and responsibilities can be found in the BUCS Play Captain-Training-Resource:
What does your team need to know?
- Download the BUCS Play app
- Create a BUCS Play account
- Find and join your sport
- Find and join your team
- Await approval from your institution
- You’re now ready to PLAY
All BUCS competitions are governed by rules and regulations that promote fair play and sportsmanship on and off the pitch
General rules and regulations cover everything you need to know about BUCS competitions from membership, BUCS Points and all BUCS individual team championships and league and knockout fixtures.
In addition to the general regulations, there are also sport specific regulations that clubs must be aware of.
REG 12 applies to the Team Championships conducted as part of the National, Premier and Conference League/Knockout programme.
If a team feels, upon arrival or during a fixture, that the conditions do not adhere to those outlined in the BUCS rules and regulations, they should complete a ‘BUCS Playing Under Protest Form’ as soon as the grievance is noted.
All teams are advised to carry with them at least two hard copies of the form so that they are adequately prepared for any such scenario.
For more information please see Regulation 12 of the BUCS General Rules and Regulations.
REG 11 applies to the Team Championships conducted as part of the National, Premier and Conference League/Knockout programme.
In order to be selected in a team, all individuals must be registered on BUCS Play as a participant.
For all fixtures, teams are required to complete and have the opposition verify (approve or dispute) a team sheet prior to the match starting. Team sheets should be completed and verified on BUCS Play, however should it not be possible for this process to be completed on BUCS Play prior to the fixture starting, for example there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone reception at the venue, then the teams should follow the process of REG 11.2.7. All teams are advised to carry with them at least two hard copies of the BUCS Team Sheet Pro Forma.
For the full rules about team selection please see Regulation 11 of the BUCS General Rules and Regulations.
REG 10 applies to the Team Championships conducted as part of the National, Premier and Conference League/Knockout programme.
It is the responsibility of the first named (home) institution/Playing Entity to arrange all appropriate match officials.
It is the responsibility of the first named (home) institution/Playing Entity to ensure that all match officials are aware of the BUCS general and sport specific regulations, especially where these differ from International/National Governing Body regulations.
Officials requirements for each sport, including neutrality and level of qualification can be found in the BUCS Match Officials Requirements document:
For the full regulations regarding match officials please see Regulation 10 of the BUCS General Rules and Regulations.
BUCS send out weekly bulletins to inform member institutions of upcoming entry deadlines for forthcoming competitions and events.
This communication will be added to the Sports Club Team each week by the Saints Sport Administration Team.
Club committees are responsible for informing their members about any relevant deadlines and ensuring the club/individuals have signed up to competitions through the BUCS Play app.
Once confirmed, please email your finalised competition entries to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval before the final deadline.
League and knockout competitions under SSS administration are separated into two categories:
- Competition format/structures are determined by SS and its volunteers
- Rules and regulations are created and enforced by SS staff
- Competitions include sports which are not offered by BUCS
- Only two knockout competitions within the programme for men’s and women’s football
- Most competition format/structures are determined by BUCS main office in England
- Some formats can be adjusted on a sport by sport basis for our region
- Rules and regulations are created and enforced by BUCS staff
- Three new sports have been added for the 2020-2021 season – baseball, softball, wheelchair basketball