IQA Quidditch World Cups
Quidditch is the most loved and watched sport in the world of Harry Potter. The sport is played by two teams of seven people (three Chasers, two Beaters, one Keeper, and one Seeker) and involves three different types of balls (a Quaffle, two Bludgers, and a Golden Snitch). To learn more about the magical version of Quidditch, go to Quidditch Through the Ages.
Quidditch is so popular that the sport has even been adapted for the Muggle world, with hundreds of teams competing around the world and watched by thousands of fans. This Muggle version of the sport has even been featured in both television and film. The International Quidditch Association governs the Muggle version of this sport.
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About the IQA
The International Quidditch Association (IQA) represents hundreds of club quidditch teams within more than 20 national bodies. This association works in various areas regarding the Muggle quidditch world, anywhere from organizing international competitions to improving the official rulebook.
Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe created Muggle quidditch in 2005 at Middlebury College. Intramural games became regular, and in 2007, they played the first official match.
The sport became international in 2008, when the first non-US team, a Canadian team from McGill University of Quebec, debuted in the first World Cup championship. As the sport gained popularity, it was decided that more formal leadership was needed. As a result, the IQA was created in 2010.
Finland joined the US and Canada in 2011 for World Cup V. Over 10,000 fans came to watch this tournament, where 96 teams performed in New York City.
2012 saw the first bi-annual Global Games, which had teams from the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Australia perform in Oxford, England. This event sparked interest and growing popularity of the sport all around the world.
In 2014, the IQA changed the names of the tournaments, thus renaming the previously held “World Cups” into “US Cups” and starting off the series of bi-annually World Cups, held around the world with teams competing from all around the world.
The pitch is rectangular with rounded corners: 55 meters (60 yards) by 33 meters (36 yards). Three hoops of varying heights are at either end. The game is over when the Snitch is caught, and the team with the most points at the end wins the game.
Each match begins with six of the starting players (excluding the Seekers) along the starting line within their Keeper zone with brooms on the ground and the four balls lined up in the center of the pitch. The head referee then calls “Brooms up!” at which point players mount their brooms and run to gain possession of the balls, which are lying in the middle of the field, similar to dodgeball.
To be mounted on the broomstick means that the player must hold the broom between their legs and not have it fully on the ground. It can be supported by their thighs or hands equally, just as long as it is not attached to their person or fully resting on the ground.
After “Brooms up” is called, the Seekers must not interfere with other positions and wait near the pitch until the end of the Seeker floor, which ends after 18 minutes. The Snitch goes on the field at 17 minutes, and the Seekers are released at 18 minutes. All players need to be touching their brooms at all times with one hand.
A team lineup is similar to the magical version of this Muggle game:
- 1 Keeper, who tries to guard the goals and can act as a fourth Chaser, with special rights in their respective goal zone. The Keepers wear green headbands.
- 3 Chasers, who try to pass the Quaffle (a slightly deflated volleyball) and score goals through the hoops. Goals can be scored from both sides. Each goal is worth 10 points. The Chasers wear white headbands.
- 2 Beaters, who use the three Bludgers (slightly deflated dodgeballs) to hit the other players on the field. A player who has been hit by a Bludger will need to dismount their broom, drop the Quaffle if they are currently holding it, touch a hoop on their side of the pitch, and mount their broom again to get back into the game. The Beaters wear black headbands.
- 1 Seeker, who tries to catch the Snitch before the other Seeker does in order to end the game. The Snitch is worth 30 points. The Seekers wear yellow or golden headbands.
A Snitch is a tennis ball in a sock hanging out of the shorts of a person wearing yellow or gold clothes who is called the Snitch Runner. The Seekers will try to catch the Snitch since this ends the game and awards their team 30 points. The latest rules issued three handicaps for the Seekers and the Snitch Runner: Once the Seekers are released, the Snitch Runner must remain between the two Keeper zones. If the Snitch has not been caught at the 23-minute mark, the first handicap is issued, requiring the Snitch Runner to stay within 1.5 yards of the middle of the pitch. The second handicap, at 28 minutes, constrains the Snitch Runner to keep one arm behind their back; the third and final one, at 33 minutes, restricts the Snitch Runner to within 1.5 yards of the intersection of the middle of the pitch and the sideline opposite the scorekeeper and benches.
Quidditch is coed and just like its magical version, a very brutal sport.
Depending on the severity of the foul, a player found committing an illegal play will be given a blue, yellow, and/or red card. Cards are issued at the discretion of the head referee.
When a blue card is issued, it is considered to be a non-stacking yellow card and can either result in being sent back to the hoops or spending one minute in the penalty box. When a yellow card is issued, the player must sit in the penalty box for one minute. If the opposing team scores before the minute is up, then the player will be allowed to return to the game. They are still considered off the broom and must tag their team’s hoops in order to resume play. If a player receives two yellow cards, then the card will become red. If a player receives a red card, that player must sit in the penalty box for two minutes. When a red card is given, that player must sub out for another player. The player coming onto the pitch will then serve two minutes within the penalty box. Both teams are required to have a Keeper on the pitch at all times. Therefore, if a Keeper has been given a red card, they must give their headband to another Chaser on their team.
The IQA serves over a dozen national bodies. You can find your local organization here:
After the United States, Australia is one of the most successful quidditch teams.
Austria is still a very new team in the IQA, and therefore, its league is very small.
Belgian Quidditch Federation
The Belgium Quidditch Federation is the national governing body of the sport of quidditch within Belgium.
Associação Brasileira de Quadribol (Brazilian Quidditch Association)
The Brazilian Quidditch Association is one of the biggest leagues in South America.
Quidditch Canada was created July 1, 2014, to lead, promote, and advance the sport of quidditch in Canada.
Associació de Quidditch de Catalunya (Catalonian Quidditch Association)
Catalonia's first debut at a World Cup was in 2016.
Asociación Chilena de Quidditch (Chilean Quidditch Association)
The Chilean Quidditch Association will make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup.
Česká Asociace Famfrpálu (Czech Quidditch Association)
The Czech Quidditch Association will make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup.
Fédération du Quidditch Français (French Quidditch Federation)
The French Quidditch Federation is one of the oldest in Europe and was part of the first IQA World Cup in 2012.
Deutscher Quidditchbund (German Quidditch Federation)
The German Quidditch Federation made its debut in 2016 when the IQA World Cup was hosted in Germany.
The Indonesian Quidditch Association will make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup.
The Irish Quidditch Association made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Associazione Italiana Quidditch (Italian Quidditch Association)
The Italian Quidditch Association made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
The Malaysian Quidditch Association will make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup.
The Mexican Quidditch Association made its debut in the 2014 IQA World Cup.
Quidditch Nederland (Netherlands Quidditch Association)
The Netherlands Quidditch Association made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Norges Rumpeldunkforbund (Norwegian Quidditch Association)
The Norwegian Quidditch Association made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Federación Peruana de Quidditch (Peruvian Quidditch Federation)
The Peruvian Quidditch Federation will make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup.
Polska Liga Quidditcha (Polish Quidditch League)
The Polish Quidditch League made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Slovenská Metlobalová Asociácia (Slovak Quidditch Association)
The Slovak Quidditch Association made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Asociación Quidditch España (Spanish Quidditch Association)
The Spanish Quidditch Association made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Svenska Quidditchförbundet (Swedish Quidditch Association)
The Swedish Quidditch Association will make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup.
Schweizerischer Quidditchverband (Swiss Quidditch Association)
The Swiss Quidditch league is still a very young one, and therefore, there are currently only five teams that compete in its league.
Quidditch Derneği (Quidditch Association in Turkey)
The Quidditch Association in Turkey made its debut in the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Quidditch Uganda is trying to make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup to represent Africa in a World Cup for the first time.
Quidditch Premier League
The Quidditch Premier League is an ambitious project that seeks to bring exciting and competitive league play to the United Kingdom during the QuidditchUK off-season, which is between June and August. It is independent from QuidditchUK and there are no plans of a cooperation in the future.
QuidditchUK is the official governing body of quidditch in the United Kingdom and is affiliated with the IQA. QuidditchUK is run in accordance with a constitution that is approved and enacted by the Executive Management Team. It hosts the British Quidditch Cup tournaments.
Major League Quidditch
Major League Quidditch (MLQ) is a national league that runs from June 1, to August 30. The majority of seasonal activity takes place between June 1, and July 31.
US Quidditch is the national governing body of the sport of quidditch. USQ advances the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all genders to compete together.
Vietnam Quidditch Association
The Vietnamese Quidditch Association will make its debut in the 2018 IQA World Cup.