UCC Soccer 

UCC Soccer has a proud tradition in the development of sporting excellence for both male and female talented players.

Our scholarship scheme and performance programme were put in place to provide a culture of excellence and to help talented students reach their education and sporting goals. We aim to give an opportunity to young talented footballers to reach goals within the game but also securing academic qualifications for life outside the game.

We award a number of Scholarship and performance programme places to talented players, both programmes provide supports around the individual to help them develop as a person and an athlete.

At UCC our Soccer teams compete in the premier third level competitions:

The Colleges University Football League (The CUFL) we compete against other University and Colleges, here student athletes will compete against the best third level players. Both our Men’s and Women’s team play in the Premier Division of the CUFL.

We also compete in Intervarsity Cup competitions: The Collingwood Cup (Men’s), Harding Cup (Fresher’s) and The Kelly Cup (Women’s)

Playing third level competitions allows for a clear pathway into International football with the Irish Colleges University National Team.

Our Men’s team also compete in Local amateur Munster Senior League top division and Intermediate cup. This provides a club ethos and allows for further player development.

UCC Scholarship and Performance program is open to all UCC students.


UCC Soccer 2021/22 Scholarship Programme

Applications for the UCC Soccer 21.22 programme will open on 1 March 2021 and close on 31 August 2021.

Please apply here by completing this online form:   UCC Soccer Scholarship Programme



UCC Soccer Scholarship Criteria

  1. International/Provincial representation at Pre-Entry Stage
  2. Players that were involved in a League of Ireland club or returned to Ireland from a professional team abroad.
  3. Players that excelled at their local club level.
  4. League representative honours
  5. Succession Planning (addressing current and future positional needs, mindful of the turnover in players)
  6. Addressing Depth of Key Specialized Positions (i.e. Goalkeepers)
  7. (Post-Entry) Recognition of Outstanding Impact, Progression and leadership.


Criteria for Awarding of Scholarships

  1. Re-Awards : Demonstrated progression within UCC Senior team, Compliance with scholarship programme, and Impact on soccer programme
  2. Re-Awards: Addressing International Panel Members
  3. Re-Awards: Addressing Interprovincial Panel Members
  4. Re-Awards/New Awards: Top Level current starting Senior Players who may not have played representative
  5. New Awards: Admission to University College Cork
  1. New Awards: Top-Level of incoming fresher with representative honours (Irish Schools, Full Irish Team, Starting Player, League representation, Emerging Talent Program players )
  2. New Awards: Irish Schools fringe player / Interprovincial Schools player



Interviews/Meetings: (post-application) Scholarship or Player development program candidates meet with UCC Soccer Development Officer and UCC Soccer Club Representatives.


References:  Follow-up by UCC Soccer Development Officer.


Note:     Consideration to Criteria for Awarding of Scholarships begins with UCC Senior team initially, and follows on through the prioritised criteria set forth above.