European Games (quidditch)

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European Games
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Sport Quidditch
Month playedJuly
Administrator(s) International Quidditch Association
Quidditch Europe
Website Official EG website
Current champion
United Kingdom

The IQA European Games (EG) are the biennial games for the sport of quidditch held in Europe where national governing bodies send national teams to compete. [1] The European Games were created in response to the IQA World Cup, [2] the biennial tournament wherein nations from across the world compete in a similar style to the FIFA World Cup. [3] Both Games alternate years so in the off years regional tournaments such as the European Games or the Asian Quidditch Cup [4] can occur. These games are the highest level of championships in quidditch aside from Global Games. The 2015 champions were Team France, narrowly beating Team UK. [5]

IQA World Cup international quidditch tournament

The IQA World Cup is an international quidditch tournament contested by the national teams of the members of the International Quidditch Association, the sport's global governing organisation. The championship, which was named Summer Games and Global Games in its first two editions, has been awarded every two years since 2012. The current champions are the United States, who defeated Belgium in 2018.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.



The 2015 European Games were the inaugural championships of this tournament. Bid on by European cities, [6] the organizational body Quidditch Europe decided on Sarteano, Italy to host the games. [7] Sarteano proceeded to host an aggressive advertising campaign across the country [8] as well as locally which included the sale of specially made artisanal crafts, wine and cheese. [9] The 2017 edition was held in Oslo, Norway, on 7-9 July. [10]

Sarteano Comune in Tuscany, Italy

Sarteano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Florence and about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southeast of Siena.

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.


The twelve teams competing in the 2015 games were separated into two groups of six teams. [11] The group stage began on 25 July 2015 and ended the morning of the 26th. The groups themselves were split into pots based on EQC rankings [12] and seasonal performance matched up. [13] The top four teams from each group qualified for the bracket stage, where brackets were determined using the following criteria: games won, head-to-head, QPD [note 1] and SWIM catches. [note 2] Finally, the tournament ended with semi-finals, a third place final and the gold medal match. [13]

  1. QPD stands for "quaffle point differential" where the final score is tallied ignoring the 30 points given when the snitch is caught.
  2. SWIM stands for "snitch when it matters" coming into play when a team wins when within snitch range, i.e. ± 30 pts.


YearHostFinal3rd place matchTeams
ChampionsScoreRunners-up3rd placeScore4th place
Flag of Italy.svg
Flag of France.svg
90*–50Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
United Kingdom
Flag of Norway.svg
150*–80Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Flag of Norway.svg
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
United Kingdom
90*–70Flag of France.svg
Flag of Norway.svg
140*–80Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Flag of Germany.svg
Bamberg [14]

Medals summary

1Flag of France.svg  France 1102
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 1102
3Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0022
Totals (3 nations)2226


Team Flag of Italy.svg
Flag of Norway.svg
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 7th1
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 4th4th2
Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia 7th10th2
Flag of France.svg  France 1st2nd2
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8th5th2
Flag of Quidditch Ireland.svg  Ireland 11th14th2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 5th8th2
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 10th13th2
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3rd3rd2
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 12th11th2
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 12th1
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 9th9th2
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 15th1
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 6th6th2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2nd1st2

See also

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 ten national associations governing quidditch in their respective nations.

The European Quidditch Cup, also known as EQC and formerly as the European Quidditch Championship, is the culminating championship tournament for the sport of quidditch in Europe. It began to be legitimised in 2014 when the International Quidditch Association became an international federation for quidditch. The first tournament took place in 2012 in France as quidditch began to develop across Europe. Today, the tournament is the highest level of championship in Europe besides the European Games with league-level tournaments being the qualifying competitions. EQC 2018 was held in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany, where the Paris Titans won the championship for the third time in their history.

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US Quidditch Cup

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Belgium national quidditch team

The Belgium national quidditch team, also known as the Belgian Gryffins, is the national team of Belgium in quidditch. The team was founded in 2014 upon the announcement of the 2014 IQA Global Games, the International Quidditch Association's second international tournament featuring national teams.

Quidditch Canada

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Quidditch Nederland

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United Kingdom national quidditch team

The United Kingdom National Quidditch Team, colloquially known as Team UK, is the official national Quidditch team of the United Kingdom. Team UK made its debut in 2012 at the IQA Summer Games in Oxford, UK where it placed 5th of 5 teams. The team then played in Canada at the 2014 IQA Global Games in Burnaby, BC on July 29, 2014 where it placed 4th of 7 teams and in the European Games in Sarteano, Italy in July 2015, placing 2nd of 12. Team UK gained its first medals at the IQA World Cup 2016 in Frankfurt on July 23–24, 2016, finishing 3rd out of 21 teams. In 2017 the team gained its first international trophy, winning the IQA European Games, beating France in the final.

Belgian Quidditch Federation

Belgian Quidditch Federation, or BQF, is the governing body of quidditch in Belgium. It was founded in 2012 as a Facebook page to garner interest from potential players and teams within Belgium and began to take shape in 2013 with the introduction of its first two teams: Deurne Dodo's and the Brussels Qwaffles. The organisation began to take shape as a non-profit in early 2014 with the formation of the newly-international International Quidditch Association in the form an international federation. Belgian Quidditch Federation maintains one delegate within the IQA Congress as a member of Quidditch Europe alongside Quidditch Nederland (QNL) and the Luxembourgish Quidditch Federation (FLQ). On 10 October 2014, BQF changed its name from Belgium Muggle Quidditch to its current name to better integrate with other sports in the country.

Canada national quidditch team

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2015 IQA European Games

The 2015 IQA European Games, also known simply as the European Games, was the inaugural European championship for the sport of quidditch organized jointly by Sarteano2015, Quidditch Europe and the International Quidditch Association. The tournament was held the weekend of the 24–26 July 2015 in the city of Sarteano, Italy. France took first against the United Kingdom with a final score of 90*–50, and Norway came in third winning 150*–80 against Belgium.

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2016 IQA World Cup

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The Australian national quidditch team is the official quidditch team of Australia. The team is regulated by Australian Quidditch Association and is a national member of the International Quidditch Association. Australia made its debut in 2012 at the IQA Summer Games in Oxford, UK.

The United States national quidditch team is the official quidditch team of the United States. The team is regulated by US Quidditch and is a national member of the International Quidditch Association. The team has won the most IQA World Cup titles, winning the 2012, 2014, and 2018 titles. The USNT only competes in events once every two years; at the IQA World Cup, as it is geographically ineligible for the only other current international Quidditch event; the IQA European Games.

2017 IQA European Games

The 2017 IQA European Games were the second European championship for the sport of quidditch. The tournament was held on 7–9 July 2017 in Oslo, Norway and was hosted by the Norges Rumpeldunkforbund and local club OSI Vikings. All European IQA member nations in good standing were allowed to compete. The winners of the tournament were the United Kingdom, who defeated the defending champions France 90*-70 in the final. France subsequently took the silver medal and Norway won the bronze, after defeating Belgium 140*-80. This tournament marked the United Kingdom's first international gold medal at quidditch.


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