Intercollegiate Sports

NYU Abu Dhabi's women's competitive soccer team on the pitch.

ADISL Competitive Sports

NYU Abu Dhabi athletes compete 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
  • football (soccer)
  • table tennis
  • swimming
  • volleyball

Road racing, and triathlon are in the early stages of becoming ADISL sports.

To Play for a Team

The ADISL season runs from September to May. In order to play for an intercollegiate team, athletes must go through annual pre-participation evaluations. Athletes are encouraged to get these evaluations done during their first week on campus in September. You can get in touch with your specific sports coach for more information once you arrive on campus.

The team selection process closes at the end of September. The next opening for athletes to sign up for a team will be in January.

Student sports fans at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Meet the Falcons

Click on your favorite sport to check game schedules and league standings.

Athlete Profiles

  • Raitis Pekuss, Men's Basketball
  • Nour Ahmed, Class of 2020
    Nour Ahmed, Class of 2020

    Highlight of playing sports at NYUAD
    This experience has helped me realize the importance of surrounding myself with people who motivate and push me. My coach has driven me to overcome personal challenges, and consequently, my experience as an athlete here at NYUAD has been one of great rewards.

    Words from the Coach
    Nour's awareness of the game and team dynamics has been a strong contribution to the cohesiveness of the team. She has tactfully handled challenging conversations with teammates and brought the team closer by doing so. She has been fearless on the court as well. Nour has been a consistent scorer and was critical in securing the championship game.

Falcons Official Mascot

Meet NYUAD's official mascot, Faiza the Falcon!

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