Quidditch Premier League Canceled for Summer 2021
On November 19, the Quidditch Premier League (QPL) announced that there won’t be any QPL events in the summer of 2021.
The QPL is a summer league for 17 teams from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Three seasons have been held from 2017 to 2019, usually between June and August.
The cancellation was decided partly because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the main reason for the decision was the long-term survival of Muggle quidditch. Jack Lennard, founder and director of the QPL and host of the recent British Quizzitch Cup, explained that it is more important to give national governing bodies enough time and to use the “unique opportunity to renew the lifeblood of the sport – the community.”
The Quidditch Premier League is a wonderful event, but right now is the time to restore strong grassroots foundations in quidditch, so that we can look towards a future where a Quidditch Premier League season is once again held with a solid cornerstone of grassroots talent, experience, and passion. Myself and my team stand side by side with [n]ational [g]overning [b]odies in this mission, and I would personally like to thank them all for their tireless work during this global pandemic in keeping players safe and engaged. I would also like to thank all our volunteers once again from the past three seasons we have held, as well as the players and partners who joined us in bringing the Quidditch Premier League to life and changing the game – I have no doubt that we will have the opportunity to do so once more in the future.
Despite the cancellation of the QPL, there should be more events in Europe in the summer of 2021. As previously announced, the 2021 European Quidditch Cup and IQA European Games will be held.