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Whether you just enjoy having a kickabout with friends or you’re a budding professional footballer keen to represent BU in the sport, we’ve got a range of football opportunities for everyone.

Our student and staff football campus leagues (men’s 5-a-side, men’s 11-a-side and Freshers 5's Football League) are a great way to play football socially while competing in organised leagues.

If you’re looking to play football without any commitment, our Campus Sport - Social Sport programme lets you do just that – there’s no need to book and you can drop into organised sessions when you fancy playing a game.

Meanwhile, if you're a talented footballer and successful in trials, you'll have the opportunity to represent BU in inter-university matches as part of our Performance Sport programme. 

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Performance Sport Campus Sport Freshers 5's Football League Campus Social Sport and staff

TeamBU Football competing against Solent University in the annual Varsity event

TeamBU: our Performance Sport football teams 

TeamBU Football, our men’s and women’s Performance Sport football teams, compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and competitions.

They’re coached and managed by AFC Bournemouth (AFCB) – a benefit of our long-standing partnership with the club – and have FA University Grassroots Hubs status.

Key information

TeamBU football eligibility and training

Available to: BU students who are talented and passionate football players and are successful at the TeamBU Trials

Training days, times and venues

Men’s teams: Mondays and Fridays 8am-9:30am
Women’s teams:  Mondays and Fridays: 8am-9:30am
Venues: Astroturf at Talbot Campus and Wallisdown playing fields

Fixtures day and venue

Wednesday afternoons at Chapel Gate


Annual affiliation fee: £75

If you’re successful in becoming a member of TeamBU, you’ll be required to affiliate to SportBU.

This fee includes: BUCS affiliation fees, personal sports insurance, weekly coaching and conditioning sessions and TeamBU transport.

A victorious team from a Campus Sport 5-a-side league A victorious team from a 5-a-side Campus League

Our campus football leagues

Get your course friends, flatmates or housemates together and take part in a SportBU campus football league. They’re a great competetive way to stay fit and have fun throughout the year.

We’ll organise everything for you and your team, including the venue, equipment and the referees. We also hold periodic recruitment events for free agents looking to get involved with existing teams.

On match days (mostly played on our Talbot Campus or nearby) teams will compete within their leagues for a place in the finals day cup competition over the course of 8 weeks, seeing who will be crowned champions of the 5-a-Side arena. 

Key information  Campus Leagues

Prices and eligibility

Available to: BU & AUB students
Price: From just £2.30 per person, per match 
When: Autumn and Spring terms
Get in touch:

Men’s 5-a-side football

Days and times: Wednesdays, 12 noon6pm; Sundays, 10am6pm
Venue: Astro turf pitches, Talbot Campus
Join the SportBU 5-a-side football group on Facebook
See the latest 5-a-side league fixtures, standings and results

Men’s 11-a-side football

Day and time: Wednesdays, 10am7pm
Venues: Wallisdown playing fields, Chapel Gate, Slade Farm
Join the SportBU 11-a-side football group on Facebook

Freshers 5's football

Day and time: Fridays, 4-6pm
Venues: Talbot Campus Astro Turfs
Join the SportBU Freshers 5's football group on Facebook


New Campus Sport "Freshers 5's football leagues"

If you are a 1st year student with BU or AUB, you’ll have exclusive access to our new Freshers 5's Football league - a league designed to promote your social, mental and physical wellbeing to make sure your university experience doesn’t stop when you step off-campus. The perfect way to make new friends through a shared love of the beautiful game!

Included in the £30 price per person to join the leagues is a discounted entry fee; monthly social activities and a dedicated Facebook group found Here.

Price: £30 per person

Book: Call SportBU on 01202 965012

Campus Social Sport and staff football

Key information – Campus Social Sport

Available to: All BU students (men’s football and women’s football)
Price: Included in all SportBU memberships; £3 per game to non-members
Days and times: Contact SportBU reception on 01202 965012 or
Venue: Astroturf pitches, Talbot Campus

Staff football

Day and time: Tuesday, 12pm1pm
Location: Astro turf pitches, Talbot Campus
Price: free

Staff football league

Day and time: Friday, 6pm9pm
Location: Dorset County Football Association, Hamworthy, Poole BH15 4BF

Football stories across BU

Michael Thompsett coaching on placement

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Michael Thompsett studies Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences and spent his placement year in the USA. #MyPlacementStory 

Ben's story

Ben's story

Ben Abberstein is BA (Hons) Advertising graduate, now ‎Equality Partnerships Executive at AFC Bournemouth