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University Sport South Africa (USSA) has complete control and jurisdiction over all student sport events and tournaments organised under its auspices. Tournaments are organised annually in those sports for which a recognised National University Sports Association (NUSA) exist. The NUSA is responsible for the administration, organisation and coordination of its own sporting activities on a national and provincial basis.

USSA events and tournaments are closed events for member institutions of USSA. Only bona fide students registered with a club of a member institution may participate in tournaments and activities of USSA, FISU, FASU and/or CUCSA. A bona fide student is defined as a person who is:
  1. officially registered at a higher education institution recognized by the appropriate national academic authority in the country (i.e. Department of Higher Education and Training) for a programme of at least 120 SAQA credits on NQF Level 5, and approved by that institution’s senate. This includes bridging courses, although only one (1) attempt at completing any bridging course will be allowed at any institution. Students enrolled for bridging courses must have a matriculation endorsement or a certificate of exemption issued by the Matriculation Board. This excludes students who are enrolled for short courses or are registered for courses or modules or units of study that are less than 120 SAQA credits;
  2. actively involved in pursuing his/her academic career, i.e. attending lectures, submitting assignments, writing tests and examinations in order to be promoted to the next level of study.
Institutions and/or provinces must certify in advance that all the members of their respective teams are bona fide students and that they comply with all the above-mentioned regulations. The Registrar (or his/her appointed representative who may not be a sports administration employee) of the relevant institution, must personally sign the necessary entry forms. The above-mentioned restriction is only applicable for official USSA tournaments and does not include inter-tertiary tournaments between two separate institutions (e.g. intervarsities). Such tournaments are seen as a domestic matter between the two institutions concerned and do not fall within the jurisdiction of USSA.

A NUSA may not organise more than one (1) types of tournament in a specific year, unless sponsored. USSA national teams for participation in approved continental and international events, are selected at national tournaments.


All international tours, to and from South Africa, involving a member of University Sport South Africa (USSA), fall under the jurisdiction of USSA. The general arrangements for tours are subject to the approval of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of USSA.

Permission to tour shall be obtained at least three (3) months in advance from the National Sports Federation concerned as well as from the NEC of USSA. The NEC may in exceptional circumstances consider well motivated written applications that are received on shorter notice. Applications received after the closing date set by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) or Organising Committees of World University Championship events, will not be considered.

Applications and/or motivations to tour must include the following:
  1. detailed progress report on the development programme for that specific sport;
  2. copy of the invitation to tour;
  3. general arrangements and programme of the tour;
  4. details on travel and accommodation arrangements;
  5. detailed report on the trials, and team selection process (e.g. dates, venues, number of participants, number of teams, selection criteria);
  6. names of team members, their institutions, student numbers, course of study and RSA passport numbers;
  7. name of team manager, occupation and institution;
  8. name(s) of coaching staff, occupation and institution;
  9. indication of the standard of team (e.g. national and international ranking);
  10. necessary guarantees of sufficient funds (i.e. financial resources versus detailed budget).

USSA in association with SASCOC, shall be responsible for high performance multi-coded international events, i.e. FISU Universiades, FASU and the CUCSA Games. USSA in association with National Federations shall be responsible for the preparation and delivery of teams that will participate in individual World University Championship events. The selection of national university sports teams shall be in accordance with FISU Regulations as well as the USSA and SASCOC selection policies.

Official trials involving all possible students from that specific association, province or club, shall be held before a touring team is constituted. Trials for the selection of national teams to participate in the various World university championship and multi-sport events (Universiade, FASU and CUCSA Games), must be completed in time for USSA to meet all deadlines. USSA Associations must submit their teams to the NEC of USSA for verification and approval. A tour takes place only when the selection committee, the NEC of USSA and the appropriate National Sports Federation find the standard in the specific sport sufficiently high for competing at international level, whether at development and/or elite levels.

The National University Sports Association (NUSA) concerned shall ensure the necessary liaison with the embassies involved, e.g. visas and customs regulations. However, all forms of international liaison, including contact with FISU and Organising Committees of World University Championships must be done through the National Office of the USSA Secretariat. The behaviour of tour members shall at all times be worthy of South Africa and their tertiary institutions so that they may be regarded as true ambassadors of South African student sport.

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