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World University Games FAQs


World University Games


What are the World University Games?
The World University Games is the American term for “Universiade,” which is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words “University” and “Olympiad.” The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival, staged every two years in a different city around the world. Universiade has Summer and Winter Games similar to the Olympic Games.

The Winter Games consists of seven mandatory sports and an additional one or two optional sports/competitions based on the choice of the host city. Mandatory Sports: Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Biathlon, Figure Skating, and Curling.

The Summer Games consists of 12 mandatory sports and a maximum of three optional sports/competitions based on the choice of the host city. Mandatory sports are: Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Judo, Gymnastics, Fencing, Swimming, Water Polo, Table Tennis, Tennis, and Diving.

Athletes will stay in a designated housing area similar to the Olympic Village.

More than 170 nations were represented at the World University Games in 2011 in Shenzhen, China, with approximately 10,000 athletes. The United States fielded a team of 279 athletes and won 50 medals. It was Team USA’s highest medal total since 1999.


Who will USA be playing?

The Wildcats will play against truly world-class athletes. Competition pools were selected and announced on Saturday, and in USA’s pool will be Czech Republic, Poland and hosting Russia. Although the games are called the World University Games, the competitors may range from 18 to 27 in age as long as they are enrolled in a college course, and many athletes will have professional and National team experience.


How big is the Team USA travel party?

Volleyball teams at the World University Games are restricted to 5 staff members and 12 athletes. All participants on the team must have a current U.S. Passport. Lilla Porubek (Hungary) and Natali Jones (South Africa) are not eligible to compete in this event for Team USA.


What will competition be like?

The competition will be at a world class level. Although the games are called the World University Games, the age range is 18-27 and many athletes are expected to have National Team and professional experience.


When are the World University Games?

This year’s World University Games will be held July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. An opening ceremony similar to the Olympic Games will start the games off in a festive manner.


Where is Kazan, Russia?

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, third capital of Russia, located on the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in central Russia 800 kilometers east of Moscow. It is one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centers in the country. The city celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 2005. About 1.2 million people – representatives of over 100 nationalities – live in Kazan in the atmosphere of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.


How was K-State Volleyball chosen?

K-State was one of several top college teams contacted by BTI Events that oversees the selections of participants for the World University Games. After getting details regarding the event and approval from K-State administration, Suzie Fritz notified BTI that K-State would accept the invitation to serve as Team USA at the World University Games.


What are the major differences between International Rules and NCAA?

The World University Games will be played under international rules of FIVB, with some adjustments needing to be made for Team USA.

  • Substitutions will be limited to six per set. NCAA rules adopted 15 substitutions per set (formerly 12) for the 2012 season. Increasing substitutions in the NCAA has allowed more specialization at positions for passing or attacking. Substitution procedures also are different requiring check-in at the scorer’s table.
  • Ball: the games will be played with a Molten FLISTATEC with a premium micro-fiber composite cover versus the Molten NCAA Super Touch with a leather cover. Some members of the team have experience with this ball from the team’s 2010 trip to Europe.