Varsity Format

The Varsity Match consists of 6 level-advanced singles and 3 level-advanced doubles between recognised students of Oxford and Cambridge universities. The full eligibility criteria for the Varsity Match are those laid down by the Joint Blues Committee, and detailed on the Sports Federation Website.

Hurlingham

Substitutions are permitted between games, hence different people may play in the doubles and in the singles. The matches are to be ranked in approximate handicap order. Unofficial handicaps to be used where necessary. Teams may, by prior agreement, include 'ineligible players' whose games are not ranked and count as a victory to the opposition.

Traditionally the arrangement of, and payment for, the Varsity match alternates between the universities. However, for the past decade or so arrangements for the match have been handled by Oxford.

Doubles are played in the morning and singles in the afternoon. This however is dictated currently by lawn availability and need not be continued if circumstances change.

To allow the start of the afternoon matches to be synchronised, an end time should be imposed on morning play. This is unnecessary for afternoon play.