Our History

Legend and stories passed down from players of the past, date the origins of the Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) to 1863 with matches against crews of visiting naval ships. The Sydney University Football Club is the oldest club outside of Britain and the eighth oldest in the world after Guy’s Hospital (1843), Dublin University (1854), Edinburgh Academicals (1857), Liverpool (1857), Blackheath (1858), Richmond (1861) and Sale (1861). “On the afternoon of 19th August, 1865 a rugby match was played on the University grounds. After an exciting struggle, which lasted an hour and a half, during which no goals were obtained by either side, the game was stopped owing to a misunderstanding with regard to the rules.” Sydney Morning Herald 22 August 1865.

The Sydney District Competition was established in 1900. Prior to 1900 SUFC won eighteen 1st Grade competitions and five 2nd Grade competitions, with a first past the post system. SUFC has won 30 1st Grade Premierships and 116 Premierships in total across all Grades and Colts since 1900.

The Club has had great success in recent years, consistently featuring in and winning, Grand Finals. The Club has won the Club Championship 23 times, including the last 14 years in a row. 

In 2017, five of the seven teams from the Club contested their respected Grand Finals, with four of these teams claiming the Major Premierships - 2nd and 4th Grades and 1st and 2nd Colts. We also won 3 Minor Premierships - 4th Grade, 1st and 3rd Colts. 

1st Grade won a number of perpetual trophies during the 18 round competition. This included the Tooth / Cutler Trophy v Gordon, the David Brockhoff OAM Cup v Eastern Suburbs and the John Thornett Cup v Northern Suburbs. 

SUFC has the proud tradition of producing representative players. The Club has produced 126 Australian Representatives, of which 104 are Wallabies and between them they have played over 1311 test matches. Our most recent Wallaby is Matt Philip who made his debut in November 2017. Check out our list of SUFC's Representative Players