The Varsity Polo Match

The Varsity Polo Match is an annual polo match between the Oxford University Polo Club and the Cambridge University Polo Club, played between teams of four players. Historically it was known as the inter-University Challenge Cup or inter-Varsity polo match.[1][2] It is also known as the Oxford-Cambridge Polo Match or by a title that includes the name of its current sponsor (1982 Champagne Taittinger University matches; 1984 Krug Champagne Varsity Polo;[3] from 2010 to 2014, the Jack Wills Varsity Polo,[4][5] and from 2016 onwards the La Martina Varsity[6]). Members of both teams are traditionally known as Blues, with Oxford in dark blue and Cambridge in light blue.

The Varsity Polo Match
The La Martina Varsity Polo Match
Contested by
CUPC OUPC
First Varsity Match 27 November 1878
Annual event since 27 November 1878
Current champion Oxford
Largest margin of victory Oxford, 19 – 0 (2016)
Venue Guards Polo Club, Windsor
Current sponsor La Martina
Trophy The Challenge Cup
presented by the Hurlingham Club in 1920
Number of wins
Cambridge University Polo Club Oxford University Polo Club
57 65

The match is a well-established and popular fixture in the British sporting calendar with up to 5000 spectators in single years and creates an interest which a game between teams of far more seasoned players often fail to do.[7][8] It usually takes place at the beginning of June at Guards Polo Club. The Varsity Match was most recently contested in June 2021, and was won by Oxford by a margin of 8–3. As of 2021 Oxford has won the match 65 times and Cambridge 57 times.[9]