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 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
The following is a list of teams who have qualified for the World Cup.
|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|
|Ball State University||Carleton University||Boston University||Appalachian Quidditch||Arizona State University||University of Sydney||Eastern Florida State College Titans||Austin Quidditch|
|Bowling Green State University||Gee-Gees (University of Ottawa)||Emerson College||Maryland Quidditch||Cal Quidditch||Florida’s Finest||Baylor University|
|Central Michigan University||McGill University||Harvard University||NYDC Capitalists||Long Beach Funky Quaffles||Rollins College||Lone Star Quidditch Club|
|Crimson Warhawks||Ottawa Maple Rush||Hofstra University||Penn State University Nittany Lions||Lost Boys||Tennessee Tech University||Louisiana State University|
|Eastern Michigan University||Valhalla||Macaulay Honors College||QC Pittsburgh||Northern Arizona University||University of Florida||Oklahoma Baptist University|
|Grand Valley State University||New York Badassilisks||Steel City Quidditch Club||San Jose State University||University of Miami||Oklahoma State University|
|Indiana University South Bend||New York University||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch||Santa Barbara Blacktips||University of South Carolina||Sam Houston State University|
|Miami University (OH)||QC Boston: The Massacre||University of Richmond Spiders||Silicon Valley Skrewts||University of South Florida||The Silver Phoenix|
|Michigan State University||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||University of Virginia||Stanford University||Texas A&M Quidditch|
|Ohio State University||Rochester Institute of Technology||Villanova Community Quidditch||University of California, Los Angeles||Texas State University|
|TC Frost||Syracuse University||Utah Crimson Fliers||Texas Tech University|
|University of Kansas||Tufts University||Wizards of Westwood||University of Arkansas Razorback Quidditch|
|University of Michigan||University of Massachusetts— Amherst||University of Texas at Austin|
|University of Minnesota||University of Rochester|
|University of Missouri|
|University of Toledo|
*An asterisk denotes a team that has not yet confirmed their WCVII qualification.
If a qualified team on the list above withdraws from the tournament for any reason, their spot will be offered to the next highest-finishing team in their region. If all teams in the region defer, the spot will next be offered to teams in the order specified in this article.
The following is a record of bids that have been offered to new teams as a result of qualified teams withdrawing or deferring their bids (these changes are already reflected in the table above):
4/3/14 – Rutgers Nearly Headless Knights withdraw; no team is offered the bid since the drop occurred within one week of the event.
3/25/14 – UTSA withdraws; Texas Tech University is offered the bid.
3/23/14 – Marquette University withdraws; Indiana University South Bend is offered the bid, and accepts.
3/15/14 – Cougar Quidditch and Hopkins Hallows withdraw; Sam Houston State University and Duke University are offered the bids, respectively.
3/9/14 – Valhalla claims the fifth Canadian bid by defeating Guelph Quidditch; University of New South Wales withdraws and New York Badassilisks are offered the bid.
3/2/14 - University of Arizona withdraws; Cal Quidditch offered the bid. Oxford Chimeras, Antwerpen Beerters, Belgian Qwaffles, Brindisi Lunatica, Paris Frog, and Paris Phénix defer; Midwest, Eastern Canada, Mid-Atlantic, West, South, and Southwest each receive 1 additional bid. Bids offered respectively to Eastern Michigan University, Canadian team TBD pending the outcome of a 3/9 qualification match, University of Virginia, San Jose State University, University of South Carolina, and Cougar Quidditch.
2/23/14 – Melbourne Manticores and University of Western Sydney defer; Southwest and Northeast receive 1 additional bid each. University of Southern California withdraws, Wizards of Westwood claim the bid.