The Ninth Year #QuidditchTurnsTen
The countdown for the ten-year anniversary of the very first Muggle Quidditch game continues. Yesterday, you read about everything that has happened in the past year in the world of Muggle Quidditch. Today, we will be focusing on the year before that, 2014.
2014 was a busy year for Muggle Quidditch. One of the main events was the Quidditch World Cup VII, held on April 5 and 6 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Another exciting event that year was the release of the film Mudbloods, which premiered at the American Film Institute (AFI) Docs documentary festival. The film is a documentary following the UCLA Quidditch team as they made their way to Quidditch World Cup V. To learn more about this film, watch the official trailer below.
Like any full contact sport, playing Muggle Quidditch runs the risk of injury – such as concussions. In World Cup VII alone, there was a total of 40 concussions. The International Quidditch Association (IQA) chose to crack down on safety in 2014 in an effort to lower the number. These precautions included each player being required to take a concussion test before every major tournament, and every player who may have acquired a concussion during a game in the tournament must undergo another test. To learn more about the safety precautions for the sport, read the full article here.
The final major event of Muggle Quidditch in 2014 was the Global Games. On July 19, seven national teams participated in the tournament in Burnaby, Canada. These teams were Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Team USA played against Team Canada in the finals, with USA shutting out Canada 210*-0. Relive the excitement by watching the final match here!
Which other events do you remember from 2014? Was that the year you decided to join a team? Or did you support your local team at one of their tournaments? Let us know in the comments below, or on our social media sites using the hashtag #QuidditchTurnsTen!