su football fest


18th nov - 18th dec

This World Cup does not share our values in many ways. So we're running a football festival that does reflect our values...

We've created inclusive spaces where you can watch the games and join in with activities. 

We'll be celebrating our international community at Essex and giving you the chance to share your culture with others.

Crucially, we're going to use this tournament as an opportunity to promote worker rights, LGBTQ+ rights and provide opportunities to raise money for Amnesty International and The Gender Affirmation Fund



about our chosen charities


We know it's financially a tough time for everyone, so only donate if you feel you can.


We are supporting Amnesty International's #PAYUPFIFA petition that calls on FIFA to compensate migrant workers in Qatar. You can sign the petition here.

the gender affirmation fund

We want our community to feel safe and supported, so we are promoting The Gender Affirmation Fund. The fund offers trans students at Essex funding to purchase gender affirming items. Find out more about the fund here.

You can support both these charities by entering in Essex World Football Charity Championship. We're covering the admin costs, so all proceeds are split between the two.





The home of SU Football Fest

Our huge heated marquee with long benches (think Oktoberfest beerhall vibes). Come watch the game with a big group of mates, on the biggest screen on campus – and the best bit, it’s FREE.  

We’re bringing every team to Essex with flags from around the world hanging from the ceiling, celebrating our diverse international community at Essex. The bar will be stocked with drinks, and also serve some classic footie snacks for a half time nibble.  

You can arrive 45mins before KO. Plenty of time to grab a drink and slide into a bench. You’ll have about 15mins from FT to finish your bevs before we ask you to leave whilst we reset for the next game. 

SU members only in this venue. FREE entry, but with only 500 seats available, you’ll need to book quickly to secure your space. 


The comfiest screening on campus

The only venue open every single day, right in the heart of campus. It’s FREE entry as always and you’re welcome to bring guests. Choose your favourite seating area and kick-back to watch the games. With your fave drinks and food offering, you'll be right at home at SU Bar.  

To keep things comfy for everyone we’re limited to 500 people in here, so book a ticket* to ensure entry. 

For England games only you will be required to book an entry slot time. This is to give everyone a fair chance of getting in, whether they want to arrive 7 hours or 1 hour before. 


Essex’s Three Lions Den

The place to be to watch England. One for the die-hard Three Lions fan, looking for the ultimate party atmosphere. Can’t sit still as you’re so nervous? Well there’s no seats anyway! We’re gonna be jumping, hugging and cheering LOUD. With the best sound system on campus, you won't miss a thing. Hooked in yet? How about CO2 and confetti canons, drinks deals and few inflatable balls for good measure.  

This is the largest capacity venue on campus, but we’d still recommend to book. A small fee of £2 for SU members and £5 for guests. We’re going big in here. Do. Not. Miss. Out. 




Been snapped at an event? Find the photos here.

Croatia vs Brazil
9th December
SU Bar & SU Fanzone
Netherlands vs Argentina
9th December
SU Bar & SU Fanzone
Morocco vs Portugal
10th December
SU Bar & SU Fanzone
England vs France
10th December
SU Bar & SU Fanzone