United State takes back gold at IQA World Cup
The US National Team (USNT) went 4-0 on day one, and entered bracket play as the three seed.
They defeated defending world champion Australia twice en route to the title match, both in pool play and in the quarterfinals.
After beating UK in the semifinals, the USNT won a victory over Belgium, 120*-70. This is the third gold medal for the team, having placed first at the 2012 Summer Games and the 2014 Global Games.
FLORENCE, ITALY — The U.S. National Team won its third IQA World Cup title on Sunday, defeating Belgium by a score of 120*-70 in Florence, Italy. Seeker Harry Greenhouse caught the snitch within 38 seconds, recording his sixth snitch catch of the tournament.
There were 29 teams in attendance at the quidditch world championship. Matches took place on June 30 and July 1 at Polisportiva U.S. Affrico, located in the Campo di Marte area of Florence. Belgium and Turkey received their first World Cup medals on the World Cup - Belgium with silver and Turkey with bronze.
"Our athletes and staff poured their hearts and souls into this redemption run," said Amanda Dallas, U.S. National Team coordinator. “The coaches and I truly could not be more proud of this squad.”
This tournament marks the fourth appearance of the U.S. National Team on the international stage, having previously attended Summer Games in 2012 (Oxford, United Kingdom), Global Games in 2014 (Burnaby, Canada), and the Quidditch World Cup in 2016 (Frankfurt, Germany). They received gold in 2012 and 2014 and took silver in 2016. The 2018 team saw 145 players try out. Athletes underwent a rigorous process that included in-person training camps and tryouts across the U.S. The 25 players who made the cut hail from 13 different USQ teams, with the most (six) coming from Texas Cavalry, community division champion at US Quidditch Cup 11 in April 2018. Six of the players went to University of Texas at Austin; 16 other U.S. universities are represented on the team. Five-time IQA/USQ Cup champion Augustine Monroe served as playing captain. The hashtag for the team is #RedeemTeam2018.
Quidditch was adapted from the Harry Potter novels in the U.S. back in 2005, growing rapidly with 400 local teams around the world. It combines elements of rugby and dodgeball to create a fast paced, full contact, gender-inclusive sport. Quidditch is played with seven players to a team all mounted on brooms. Three chasers score goals by putting the quaffle (a volleyball) through any of three hoops at the opposite end of the field. A keeper defends the hoops, while two beaters throw bludgers (dodgeballs) at opposing players to temporarily knock them out of the game. Meanwhile, each team’s seeker tries to catch the snitch: an autonomous yellow-clad athlete who has a tennis ball in a custom-made velcro tail hanging from the back of their shorts, similar to flag football. A game of quidditch ends when the snitch tail is caught, and the capturing seeker’s team is awarded an additional 30 points.
About the International Quidditch Association
The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is the governing body for the sport of quidditch. It was founded as the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association in 2009 following the very first intercollegiate quidditch match. In 2010, the IQA took its current name, and 2016 saw its induction as an international sports federation with its creation of the Congress. It now comprises more than 20 national associations governing quidditch in their respective nations.
About US Quidditch
US Quidditch (USQ), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the national governing body for the sport of quidditch, organizes US Quidditch Cup. USQ advances the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all genders to compete together. The organization includes official club teams at traditional sports powerhouses like the University of Texas; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Florida. Teams compete over a year long season. USQ hosts seven regional championships that crown regional champions and are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. At these events, teams compete in one of two divisions: collegiate and community. US Quidditch is not affiliated with JK Rowling, Warner Bros., or Time Warner.
Notes to the Editors: U.S. Results Day One, Pool Play
- USA vs Ireland: 230*-0
- USA vs Italy: 160*-20
- USA vs Australia: 90*-60
- USA vs Brazil: 250*-0
Day Two, Bracket Play
- USA vs Austria in round of 16: 180-60*
- USA vs Australia in quarterfinals: 100*-30
- USA vs UK in semi-finals: 160*-40
- USA vs Belgium in finals: 120*-70 U.S.
National Team Social Media
- Facebook: USA Quidditch
- Twitter: @USAQuidditch
- Instagram: USQuidditch
U.S. National Team Staff
- Coordinator: Amanda Dallas
- Head Coach: Michael “Yada” Parada
- Assistant Coach: Aryan Ghoddossy
- Photographer: Miguel Esparza
- Videographer: Jenna Bollweg
- Press Coordinator: Mary Kimball
- USQ Executive Director: Sarah Woolsey
U.S. National Team Roster
- Joshua Andrews | Utility - Texas Cavalry
- Jayke Archibald | Keeper - Quidditch Club Boston
- Andrew Axtell | Chaser - Lake Erie Elite
- Julia Baer | Chaser - BosNYan Bearsharks
- Martin Bermudez Jr| Chaser - Texas Cavalry
- Kaci Erwin | Chaser - Texas Cavalry
- Bailee Fields | Beater - Texas State University
- Harry Greenhouse | Utility - Quidditch Club Boston
- Samuel Haimowitz | Chaser - Texas A&M Quidditch
- Max Havlin | Beater - Quidditch Club Boston
- Rachel Heald | Chaser - Kansas Quidditch
- Quincy Hildreth | Chaser - Terminus Quidditch Atlanta
- Jackson Johnson | Beater - Lone Star Quidditch Club
- Luke Langlinais | Chaser - Lone Star Quidditch Club
- Lindsay Marella | Chaser - The Warriors
- Nicholas Marino | Chaser - Texas Quidditch
- Augustine Monroe | Playing Captain | Keeper - Texas Cavalry
- Mercedes Natali | Chaser - Nomads
- Hallie Pace | Beater - Texas Quidditch
- Vicky Sanford | Beater - Arizona State University
- Cole Travis | Beater - Texas Cavalry
- Tyler Trudeau | Keeper - BosNYan Bearsharks
- Simón Van der veen Quant Arends Jr. | Chaser - Texas Cavalry
- Tyler Walker | Beater - Lake Erie Elite
- Lulu Xu | Beater - Quidditch Club Boston
Countries who attended the World Cup:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States