The Higher Education Sports Federation was established in the year 2000 in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates after being declared by the Ministry of Education and Youth under Ministerial Resolution No. 66 of 1999.

The Federation is responsible for the university sports activity in the United Arab Emirates, and the number of universities participating in the activities of the Federation between 28 to 32 universities, colleges and institutes. The number of Male Students engaged in activities is about 2000 students, and the number of female students about 1000 students in 18 individual and group games.

The Higher Education Sports Federation is a founding member of the Arab University Sports Federation and is a member of both the Asian University Sports Federation and the World University Sports Federation.