Three chasers play with a ball called the quaffle and score goals worth 10 points each by shooting or dunking the ball through any one of three hoops at the other end of the pitch. They advance the quaffle down the field by running with it, passing it to teammates, or kicking it. Each team has a keeper who defends the goal hoops. Two beaters use dodgeballs called bludgers to disrupt the flow of the game by “knocking out” other players. Any player hit by a bludger is out of play until they touch their own hoops. Each team also has a seeker who tries to catch the snitch. The snitch is a ball attached to the waistband of the snitch runner, a neutral athlete in a yellow uniform who uses any means to avoid capture. The snitch is worth 30 points and its capture ends the game. If the score is tied after the snitch catch, the game proceeds into overtime.
For more information, including the official rulebook, please visit www.iqaquidditch.com/about/rules.
About World Cup VII
The World Cup is the IQA’s championship tournament, held annually since 2007. The World Cup has grown from a competition between two schools in the Northeastern United States to an international event featuring the best 80 teams in the sport. Teams qualify for the World Cup by competing in one of the many regional championship tournaments held around the world.
World Cup VII will be held on April 5-6, 2014, at the brand-new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex in North Myrtle Beach, SC. The 160-plus acre park boasts two miles of walking trails, as well as a 12-acre meadow and amphitheater.
As the IQA’s marquee event, the World Cup is a tournament like no other. Teams from schools around the world, including traditional sports powerhouses, seek to bring their historical dominance to the sport of quidditch, while community teams made up of players from around cities like Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. try to show the league what they’re made of. The excitement doesn’t stop at the edge of the pitch, though— with entertainers, food and even a chance for children to try their hands at the sport, the World Cup is truly an event for all ages.
About the IQA
The International Quidditch Association, established in 2010, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to governing the sport of quidditch and inspiring young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives.
For more information about the IQA, visit our website at www.iqaquidditch.com.
List of Teams
Teams will qualify for the World Cup over the next several months. Check out the teams who have qualified so far in the table below!
Teams will qualify from the following regions on these dates:
U.S. South Region (7 teams): February 15-16
U.S. Southwest Region (11 teams): February 22-23
Europe (6 teams): TBA
|U.S. Midwest Region||Eastern Canada||U.S. Northeast Region||U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region||U.S. West Region||Oceania||U.S. South Region||U.S. Southwest Region||Europe|
|Ball State University||Carleton University||Boston University||Appalachian Quidditch||Arizona State University||Macquarie Marauders*|
|Bowling Green State University||Gee-Gees (University of Ottawa)||Emerson College||Hopkins Hallows (Johns Hopkins University)||Long Beach Funky Quaffles||Newcastle Fireballs*|
|Central Michigan University||McGill University||Harvard University||Maryland Quidditch||Lost Boys||Perth Phoenixes*|
|Crimson Warhawks||Ottawa Maple Rush||Hofstra University||NYDC Capitalists||Northern Arizona University||University of Sydney Unspeakables*|
|Grand Valley State University||Macaulay Honors College||Penn State University Nittany Lions||Santa Barbara Blacktips|
|Marquette University||New York University||QC Pittsburgh||Silicon Valley Skrewts|
|Miami University (OH)||QC Boston: The Massacre||Steel City Quidditch Club||Stanford University|
|Michigan State University||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch||University of Arizona|
|Ohio State University||Rochester Institute of Technology||University of Richmond Spiders||University of California, Los Angeles|
|TC Frost||Tufts University||Villanova Community Quidditch||University of Southern California|
|University of Kansas||University of Massachusetts— Amherst||Utah Crimson Fliers|
|University of Michigan||University of Rochester|
|University of Minnesota|
|University of Missouri|
|University of Toledo|
* An asterisk denotes a team that has not yet confirmed their WCVII qualification.