What is the Sport?

What is Quidditch?

Quidditch has existed since 2005. Quidditch players gather daily in 40 countries. We embrace players of all genders and sexualities, and athletes play as their stated gender (whether they are cisgender or transgender, with a binary or nonbinary gender). All quidditch athletes have the right to define how they identify and it is this stated gender that is recognized on pitch whether the player is cisgender or transgender. Many players have, for the first time, found a team sport that recognizes them as they are.

Quidditch is an exciting, fast-paced, full-contact sport. A quidditch team consists of up to 21 athletes with 7 players per team on the field at any one time. Each player must keep a broom between their legs at all times. The ‘four maximum’ rule of quidditch states that there may be no more than four players of the same gender on pitch at one time, ensuring the sport is inclusive to all genders and that gender diversity is always maintained on the field of play.

Players can be one of four positions:

Keepers

Guard the hoops from opposing chasers and become a 4th chaser on offense

Chasers

Throw the quaffle through the opposite team's hoops to score goals worth 10 points

Beaters

Throw bludgers at the opposing team to 'knock them out' and make them return to their hoops

Seekers

Catch the snitch (worth 30 points) to end the game

Keepers

Guard the hoops from opposing chasers and become a 4th chaser on offense

Chasers

Throw the quaffle through the opposite team's hoops to score goals worth 10 points

Beaters

Throw bludgers at the opposing team to 'knock them out' and make them return to their hoops

Seekers

Catch the snitch (worth 30 points) to end the game

A team of 7 will have 1 Keeper, 3 Chasers, 2 Beaters and 1 Seeker.

A game of quidditch involves three types of balls:

The Quaffle

A semi-deflated volleyball thrown through the hoops by chasers and keepers to score points

Bludgers

Dodgeballs thrown at other players by beaters. There are 3 bludgers on the pitch

The Snitch

A tail with a weighted end, attached to the snitch runner's shorts. When caught by either team's seeker, the catching team is awarded thirty points and the game ends

What is Our Mission?

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is the international governing body for quidditch, and supports quidditch development and competition worldwide. We promote gender equity and an inclusive athletic environment at all levels, and develop the sport worldwide. The positive impact of physical activity on health, self-confidence, and well-being for all genders has been proven time and again. Through quidditch, traditionally less active groups such as women, transgender individuals, and those who quit competitive sports are provided with a safe and encouraging sports environment.

Finally, the International Quidditch Association develops and empowers future leaders. We inspire young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives and work to support our volunteers and the volunteers within national governing bodies to grow their skills and hold leadership roles. Many of our leaders are in their twenties and may not have similar opportunities in other domains, but quidditch is still developing and that leads to amazing opportunities for quidditch volunteers around the world.

© Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

What is the World Cup?

Introduction

The IQA World Cup is a biannual tournament open to elite international competition teams selected by any of the IQA’s eligible National Governing Bodies around the world. It is the premiere international quidditch event.

Between June 30 and July 1, 2018, 29 teams will compete in Florence (Italy) to become the world champion. Browse this website to find out more, or contact us through the contact form on our ask page.

Past Tournaments

IQA World Cup 2016

The IQA’s most recent World Cup in 2016 saw 21 teams competing for glory. Elite quidditch athletes travelled thousands of air miles from the United States, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil, among other nations, to compete in Frankfurt, Germany, for the four day event. In partnership with Deutscher Quidditchbund and the City of Frankfurt, the event was a resounding success for local business, competing teams, and the sport itself. It received global news coverage and extremely positive feedback. More than 1,300 spectators attended the event and the livestream reached 30,000 unique views during the event weekend and the following week.

Check out a recap of the event here: IQA World Cup recap

IQA World Cup 2014 (Global Games)

The IQA World Cup 2014 was held in Burnaby, Canada. Seven teams attended the event: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, UK and USA, totalling 123 athletes.

IQA World Cup 2012 (Summer Games)

The IQA World Cup 2012 was held in Oxford, United Kingdom, in margin of the Olympic Games opening ceremony. Five teams attended the event: Australia, Canada, France, UK, and USA.

IQA and its activities are not licensed by, sponsored by or associated with Warner Bros., J.K. Rowling or their affiliates. 'Quidditch,' 'Harry Potter' and all related names, characters and indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. - Harry Potter publishing rights © J.K. Rowling

IQA and its activities are not licensed by, sponsored by or associated with Warner Bros., J.K. Rowling or their affiliates. 'Quidditch,' 'Harry Potter' and all related names, characters and indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. - Harry Potter publishing rights © J.K. Rowling


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