US Quidditch Cup 2022 Is This Weekend
US Quidditch Cup 2022 is almost here, as we’ve recently reported. The US Quidditch (USQ) Cup will be held this weekend, April 23–24, in Salt Lake City, Utah. USQ has announced the details about the gameplay format and draws.
Now, it is also known how many Muggle quidditch teams will attend the event. It should have been 70 teams, 39 of them in the collegiate division and 31 in the club division. Unfortunately, one of the collegiate clubs, James Madison University, dropped soon after the gameplay format was released. Now, only 69 teams will be attending the USQ Cup.
Both divisions have a similar gameplay format. Teams will compete in a pool format on Saturday. Based on the results of pool play, they will move into upper and lower brackets.
The collegiate division will start with teams divided into eight pools of four and one pod of six (after James Madison University dropped out) based on their USQ standings. Teams were already drawn into pools. Teams in Pools A–H will play against each other in their pool once. Teams in the pod of six have been assigned three opponents from the pod.
The difference between collegiate and club gameplay is in the size of the pools. The club division will start with three pools of five teams and four pools of four teams. Like in the collegiate division, teams were divided into pots based on their USQ standings from regional championships, and then the teams were drawn into pools. On Sunday, the teams will continue into two brackets, lower and upper, based on the results of Saturday’s games.