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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. [1]

Quidditch (sport) sport based on the fictional game featured in Harry Potter

Quidditch is a sport of two teams of seven players each mounted on broomsticks played on a hockey rink-sized pitch. It is based on a fictional game of the same name invented by author J. K. Rowling, which is featured in the Harry Potter series of novels and related media.[3] The game is also sometimes referred to as muggle quidditch to distinguish it from the fictional game, which involves magical elements such as flying broomsticks and enchanted balls. In the Harry Potter universe, a "muggle" is a person without the power to use magic.

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.



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Locations of the IQA World Cups in Europe
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Locations of the IQA World Cups in North America

The World Cup was first held in July 2012. The tournament was named the "Summer Games" in accordance with its unofficial tie-in to the 2012 Summer Olympics, and because the name "World Cup" was already being used since 2007 for a club championship held in the United States. The tournament was held in Oxford, United Kingdom as the Olympic torch was passing through the city. Five teams participated: Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The event followed a round-robin format, with the lowest ranked team being eliminated and the others advancing to the bracket phase. The UK was defeated by all other competitors and did not make the bracket. The US took first place, defeating France in the final, and Australia claimed bronze by defeating Canada. [2]

Oxford City and non-metropolitan district in England

Oxford is a university city in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 155,000. It is 51 miles (82 km) northwest of London, 57 miles (92 km) from Birmingham and 30 miles (48 km) from Reading.

2012 Summer Olympics torch relay

The 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay was run from 19 May until 27 July, prior to the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The torch bearer selection process was announced on 18 May 2011.

In 2014, the tournament was renamed "Global Games" and took place under an updated IQA which became an international sports federation. [3] The Games were under the supervision of US Quidditch but were held in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. [4] Seven teams came out to compete: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Italy had planned to compete but had to pull out. The event was contested over a round-robin, with positions in a series of playoffs determined by each team's result in the first round. Due to limited media relations and improper planning, the tournament was relatively unknown and had a lacking medical staff which became evident when Belgium chose to forfeit after suffering multiple injuries. [5] The United States defended their title by defeating Australia in the final, and Canada claimed bronze by defeating the United Kingdom. [6]

The 2016 World Cup took place in Frankfurt, Germany. The initial tournament plan involved 24 competing teams, but because of the dropouts of five teams, the number of expected nations was reduced to 19. [7] Later, Brazil and Slovakia were added to the roster of teams, resulting in a field of 21 nations. [8] The tournament took place using a pool-play format, followed by a single-elimination bracket with all 21 teams. Ahead of the tournament, exhibition matches were held between Canada and the United Kingdom, Turkey and Mexico and Australia and Germany. A planned exhibition match between Uganda and South Korea was canceled after Uganda dropped out of the competition. [9] After a pool-play and bracket tournament, Australia defeated the United States 150*–130 in the final. The United States had first made a snitch catch which was disallowed on the grounds of charging the snitch. When the Australian seeker caught the snitch, the catch was initially challenged due to the seeker having been hit by a bludger. However the beat was ruled out as the beater had himself been hit by a bludger. The catch was therefore called good and Australia won the match and the United States suffered their first defeat. In the third place match, the United Kingdom avenged their defeat in the 2014 third place playoff years prior by beating Canada 190*–60. Both the final and bronze playoff were therefore re-runs of the same games from the previous World Cup, both with the reverse result. [10]

Frankfurt Place in Hesse, Germany

Frankfurt is a metropolis and the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, and its 746,878 (2017) inhabitants make it the fifth-largest city of Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne. On the River Main, it forms a continuous conurbation with the neighbouring city of Offenbach am Main, and its urban area has a population of 2.3 million. The city is at the centre of the larger Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, which has a population of 5.5 million and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr Region. Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of Frankfurt's central business district. Like France and Franconia, the city is named after the Franks. Frankfurt is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area.

The 2018 World Cup was held in Florence, Italy with 29 teams competing. [11] [12] There has been much online controversy about the unexpected hike in tournament fees, which has forced some smaller nations to drop out, namely Denmark and Sweden, both of whom would have been attending for the first time.[ citation needed ]

Florence Capital and most populous city of the Italian region of Tuscany

Florence is a city in central Italy and the capital city of the Tuscany region. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,084 inhabitants in 2013, and over 1,520,000 in its metropolitan area.



None of the competitions so far have involved a qualification round. To be eligible, the team must be representing a region's national governing body.


The following table shows a list of all World Cups to date. The team that caught the snitch is denoted with an asterisk.

YearHost cityFinal3rd place matchTeams
ChampionsScoreRunners-up3rd placeScore4th place
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United States
160*–0Flag of France.svg
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60*–50Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
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Burnaby [lower-alpha 1]
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United States
210*–0Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
70*–40Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
United Kingdom
Flag of Germany.svg
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150*–130Flag of the United States.svg
United States
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United Kingdom
190*–60Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Flag of Italy.svg
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United States
120*–70Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Flag of Turkey.svg
110*–60Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
United Kingdom
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Medals summary

1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3104
2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1113
3Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 0101
Flag of France.svg  France 0101
5Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 0011
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 0011
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 0011
Totals (7 nations)44412


Team Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
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Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3rd2nd1st5th4
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 14th11th2
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 7th7th2nd3
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 16th27th2
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 4th3rd4th9th4
Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia 12th17th2
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 15th1
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 28th1
Flag of France.svg  France 2nd6th5th6th4
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 11th7th2
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 25th1
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 29th1
Flag of Quidditch Ireland.svg  Ireland 20th21st2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 13th8th2
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 18th1
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 5th8th13th3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 18th19th2
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 20th1
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 9th11th2
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 19th13th2
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 17th26th2
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 15th21st2
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 21st23rd2
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10th10th2
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 23rd1
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 6th3rd2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 5th4th3rd4th4
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1st1st2nd1st4
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 15th1

See also

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. The European Games were created in response to the IQA World Cup, the biennial tournament wherein nations from across the world compete in a similar style to the FIFA World Cup. Both Games alternate years so in the off years regional tournaments such as the European Games or the Asian Quidditch Cup 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.

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QuidditchUK is the official governing body of quidditch in the United Kingdom and is affiliated with the International Quidditch Association. It began in 2011 as a Facebook group intended to act as a network for quidditch teams and players within the UK to communicate with each other, become aware of local teams and resources, and set up matches and new teams.

US Quidditch Cup

The US Quidditch Cup, is a quidditch tournament held in the United States and organized by US Quidditch. Held every year since 2007, it features collegiate and community clubs primarily from the United States. The tournament was formerly known as Quidditch World Cup, but that name now refers to the international championship IQA World Cup.

Oxford University Quidditch Club

Oxford University Quidditch Club (OUQC) is the quidditch club of the University of Oxford. It is composed of two teams: an elite first team, the Radcliffe Chimeras, and a reserve second team, the Quidlings. Both teams are official QuidditchUK (QUK) teams. QUK is the UK quidditch governing body, and is a constituent part of the International Quidditch Association (IQA).

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

Quidditch Canada is the governing body that oversees quidditch within Canada under its mother organization, the International Quidditch Association.

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

The Canadian national quidditch team made its debut in 2012 at the IQA Summer Games in Oxford, UK where it placed 4th of 5 teams. The team once again represented Canada at the 2014 IQA Global Games in Burnaby, BC on July 29, 2014 where it took third place, coming behind the United States and Australia, respectively.

Quidditch in Canada

Quidditch is a growing team sport in Canada. Due to its relative youth within the sports scene of Canada, adoption is not as widespread as other sports such as rugby or ultimate. However, adoption is picking up with additional university and community teams each year. As a result of its inclusivity and its many niche styles of play, a wider spectrum of individuals are drawn to this sport than other mainstream sports. For the moment, the majority of teams are based in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, but teams are rapidly starting up in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Manitoba. Quidditch Canada is the governing body for the sport across the country; there are no associations within Quidditch Canada that govern provincially/territorially.

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.

2014 IQA Global Games

The 2014 IQA World Cup, known at the time as the Global Games, was the second edition of this national teams international championship. It was played in Burnaby, Canada, and the United States won the tournament for the second time in a row, winning 210*–0 to Australia in the final.

Spain national quidditch team

The Spanish national quidditch team is a team created with Spanish quidditch players. Since 2015 it has represented Association Quidditch Spain in the different national team tournaments organized by the IQA.

IQA World Cup VII

The IQA World Cup VII was the 2014 edition of the IQA World Cup, a quidditch club tournament then organized by the International Quidditch Association. The tournament was held in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from April 5–6, 2014.

2016 IQA World Cup

The 2016 IQA World Cup is the third edition of the IQA World Cup, the international quidditch championship organized by the International Quidditch Association. It was held in Frankfurt, Germany on 23–24 July 2016. Australia won the Cup 150*–130 against the United States, who had won all the previous editions. 21 nations competed, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. A crowdfunding campaign aimed to send the Ugandan team as the first ever African nation to compete internationally. However, the team members failed to obtain a German visa and withdrew from the competition. The Peruvian team also withdrew before the competition due to a lack of funds. A documentary entitled Fly The Movie: Journey To Frankfurt followed the British team in their preparation before the Cup.

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.

2018 IQA World Cup

The 2018 IQA World Cup was the fourth edition of the IQA World Cup, the international quidditch championship organized by the International Quidditch Association, the sport's global governing body. It was held in Florence, Italy between 27 June and 2 July 2018. Australia were the defending champions. The United States won their third championship after beating Belgium in the final. Over 800 athletes participated in competition.


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  1. The 2014 Global Games were held in Canada but officially hosted by US Quidditch.