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Melbourne University Soccer Club

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Nickname(s)  Uni Blues
Chairman  Michael Owen
Head coach  Sam Matheas
Founded  9 July 1947
Short name  MUSC
League  Victoria Division 3
Ground  Princes Park, Carlton
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Full name  Melbourne University Soccer Club
2016  Victoria Division 2, 9th

Melbourne University Soccer Club is an Australian amateur soccer club based in Melbourne, Victoria. It is the association football club affiliated with the University of Melbourne. It is Melbourne's largest senior association football club, fielding 13 men's teams and 5 women's teams, competing in various leagues in the state of Victoria. The clubs highest Men's team competes in State League 3, and highest Women's team compete in State League 1, competitions affiliated with Football Federation Australia. It is also the only club in Victoria to have two State League teams, also competing in Men's State League 5. The club also send representative teams to competitions including World Elite University Football Tournament, Australian University Games, Southern University Games, Varsity Challenge to represent the University of Melbourne.

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Stadium

Princes Park, located in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, is the club's training ground and match pitch. The venue is located directly north of the University of Melbourne. Princes Park has 6 association football Other training venues include The University of Melbourne's Hockey Pitch and Association Football pitch Clifton Park, located in Melbourne suburb Brunswick.

FFA Cup

Each year Men's Division competes in the FFA Cup, the national knockout soccer cup competition in Australia.

Team App Cup

The women's division compete in an annual knockout cup competition named the Team App Cup.

Varsity Challenge

The Melbourne V Monash Varsity Challenge was established in 2014, drawing on a long rivalry between the two universities. It consists of a variety of sports played on both campuses, including Men's and Women's soccer.

Southern University Games

Southern University Games is a multi-sport competition where Victorian universities and tertiary institutions send representative teams. The University of Melbourne send a representative association football Men's and Women's teams to compete each year.

Australian University Games

Australian University Games is the nation-wide variant of Southern University games where a large number of Australian universities and tertiary institutions compete for national titles. The tournament structure can change but occasionally it is required to qualify through the regional games, and sometimes is divided into Division 1 and Division 2.

International tournaments

Occasionally Melbourne University Soccer Club is invited to compete in tournaments in various parts of the world. In 1989, the club were the first Australian sporting team to tour post war Vietnam, only months after they reopened their doors to the West. The trip included two matches against Vietnam National League teams where Melbourne University lost both games. In 2011, were invited to Malaysia where it competed in the 'Kuala Lumpur Inter-City Invitational', a Tournament which consisted of 4 teams from Isfahan, Melbourne, Bandung and hosts Kuala Lumpur. Melbourne finished 3rd with Isfahan overall champions. In 2016, Melbourne University were invited to compete in the inaugural 'World Elite University Football Tournament' held in Beijing, China. The tournament consisted of 8 teams: University of Melbourne, Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Southern California, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Renmin University of China, Peking University and hosts Tsinghua University. Melbourne finished runners up going undefeated until the final where they eventually lost to Renmin University of China.

Green and Gold

To acknowledge, recognise and reward outstanding sporting performance at an AUS event, Australian University Sport (AUS) undertakes a selection procedure known as Green and Gold selection. This process selects athletes in a merit Green and Gold (paper) team which is indicative of the best on field performances at the relevant event.

Blues Awards

Sport at the University of Melbourne is nearly as old as the institution itself. Outstanding sporting achievement and distinguished service to sport and clubs is recognized by the annual awarding of Blues and sports awards.

Team of the Year

Alongside the University Blues, the University of Melbourne distributes annual sports awards including male athlete of the year, female athlete of the year, coach of the year, team manager of the year and team of the year. In 2009, Men's Football won team of the year for its first ever Australian University Games championship in Gold Coast, going the entire tournament undefeated and not conceding a goal until the final. In 2016, Men's Football again won team of the year for again going undefeated at Australian University Games in Perth, and finishing runners up at the World Elite University Football Tournament.

Men's 2016 squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Women's 2016 squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

References

Melbourne University Soccer Club Wikipedia


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