University Sports Teams

NYU Abu Dhabi student-athletes compete in community events and competitions and also in the Abu Dhabi Inter-University Sports League (ADISL) against teams from other universities in the UAE. ADISL offers competitive sports for both men and women. NYU Abu Dhabi students can try out for the Falcons in the following sports:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket 
  • Dragon Boat
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Netball
  • Soccer 
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Track and Field 
  • Volleyball


Competitive fixtures and the ADISL season runs from October to May. In order to play for a University Sports Team, student-athletes must go through annual pre-participation evaluations that include a medical physical.

The team selection processes close at the end of September and reopen in January.


  • Part pep rally, part cultural night. The intercollegiate season officially begins with the annual Falcon Feast. Student-athletes, the coaching staff, and NYUAD leadership gather to share a meal and talk about their hopes for the upcoming year. Students often bring dishes from their home countries as they build community across all teams.

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