The Virginia Cavaliers football team represents the University of Virginia in the sport of American football. The Cavaliers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Established in 1888, playing local YMCA teams and other state teams without pads, the Virginia football program has evolved into a multimillion-dollar operation that plays in front of a crowd of 61,500 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starting in the early 1900s, the program has played an outsized role in the shaping of the modern game's ethics and eligibility rules.
Former Virginia head coach George Welsh ranks second for most wins in ACC history behind Bobby Bowden of Florida State and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The current coach of the Cavaliers is Bronco Mendenhall, hired on December 4, 2015.
Three traditional rivals—North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland—have all played the Cavaliers more times than any other rival.