IQA World Cup tickets price reduced

After discussions between the IQA, Associazione Italiana Quidditch, Human Company and the City of Florence, we would like to announce an update to IQA World Cup tickets. All previously purchased tickets for the IQA World Cup will be refunded and new tickets will be available for purchase, in-person in Florence, to comply with Italy’s legal specifications. Any individual who has previously purchased tickets will receive an email regarding their refund. Information on how to purchase new tickets can be found below.

The new cost of tickets to IQA World Cup will be:

- Adults: €7 
- Teenagers (12 to 18): €5 
- Adult students with ID: €5 
- Seniors over 65: €5 
- Family pack (2 adults and 1, 2 or 3 paying teenagers 12+): €5 for each member of the family
- Under 12: Free pass 
- Adult assisting a paying spectator with disability: Free pass

Tickets can only be purchased in-person, at the Affrico pitch at Viale Manfredo Fanti, 50137 Firenze FI, Italia, and will be available for sale beginning on Thursday June 28 through Sunday July 1.

After ticket sales began several months ago, concerns were raised that the process was not being run in accordance with Italian law for an event of this nature. We took these concerns seriously, and we have worked closely with the City of Florence and the Associazione Italiana Quidditch to ensure the IQA World Cup is in good legal standing as the weekend approaches. These changes were made to ensure the IQA World Cup is compliant with Italy’s laws and our status as an organisation, and has been created in consultation with our partners in Italy with the goals of maximizing tournament attendance, exposing quidditch to a new audience and providing a unique cultural experience to the residents of Florence.

We thank our volunteers for working incredibly hard to reach this conclusion and their continued hard work as we prepare for IQA World Cup. Should you have any questions regarding refunds or ticket prices, please contact Finance Director Vanessa Sliva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About 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.

About the International Quidditch Association

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.

 

About the IQA World Cup

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.

More information on http://iqasport.org/world-cup-2018

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IQA Executive Director resigns

The IQA is saddened to announce that Rebecca Alley will step down as Executive Director of the IQA, effective September 1 or upon the onboarding of a new executive director.

Her video statement can be found here

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IQA World Cup Schedule and Uganda - FAQ

Here you will find further information on the IQA's decisions relating to the schedule, and our ongoing commitment to Uganda:

 

Why is the IQA pushing for Uganda to attend World Cup 2018?

Uganda intended to compete at World Cup 2016, but due to visa and financial issues the team was unable to come. This year, we made it a principle goal to have Uganda attend. As such, the IQA started their assistance long before the start of World Cup 2018, to grant ample time for preparation.

 

What steps have the IQA taken to bring Uganda to World Cup?

The IQA has been working since the end of last year, to ensure the organisation has the time to help Uganda’s journey to World Cup. Our activities have included providing letters to officials within Uganda, and offering assistance both financial and otherwise to the team. We have also been liaising with Italian visa authorities to facilitate Uganda’s attendance. Additionally, Uganda has been working to set up meetings with government officials to clear their journey. As we have said previously, it is a complicated process to bring a team from Uganda to World Cup and we have honestly been caught off guard by some of the logistical challenges that we have faced. Nonetheless we are comfortable saying we have worked judiciously to bring the team to World Cup and very much hope they will be able to join us.

 

What issues have the IQA faced?

The first is financial. Even with the money raised from the initial fundraiser in 2016, there was not enough to fly the team to Florence. As such, the IQA pledged additional funding from 2016 event revenue to support the team’s potential journey to World Cup 2018.

The second is passports and visas. The IQA started their assistance of Uganda well in advance of the tournament. However, the process for approval is lengthy and complicated in Uganda.  This continues to be the main barrier for Uganda’s arrival.

 

If Uganda can come, what will the tournament’s structure be?

The tournament would consist of 30 rather than 29. A schedule has been made for both scenarios and will be promptly released if needed.

 

How would the finances intended for Uganda be used if the team cannot come?

There are four buckets of money that funds allocated to Uganda fall into.

  1. The first is money spent on the initial fundraiser. A portion of the money initially raised was used to satisfy perks in connection with the fundraiser.
  2. The second is money that has been spent or is set aside for spending on visa applications for players. This is a portion of the funds raised in the fundraising campaign.
  3. The third is money raised in the initial fundraiser not already spent or set aside for a particular expense. If Uganda is unable to attend World Cup 2018, the IQA will consider a number of possibilities with this money including but not limited to:
    1. attempting to bring Uganda to continental games in 2019 or World Cup in 2020
    2. equipment or other expenses for Uganda
    3. support to other developing NGBs either as part of or separate from our Bursary Program.

If Uganda cannot attend World Cup 2018, we will consider all combinations of these and more scenarios. We welcome any suggestions or proposals from our members and the community, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  1. The fourth category is money out of the IQA’s general operating budget, primarily comprising event revenue and membership dues, which the IQA pledged to assist with additional travel expenses on the assumption that visas and passports are approved. If Uganda cannot attend the event, a determination on the best allocation of this money will be made following World Cup once a more complete picture of the finances from that event are available. The IQA invests 100% of its money in the organisation and the development of quidditch worldwide and any funds spent will be consistent with that.

 

Why have you waited so long to make this announcement?

We really want and are really hopeful that Uganda will attend World Cup. We don’t want to promise their attendance without confirmation and we have been waiting as long as we thought able to make a determination one way or the other. At this point, we feel that it is not fair to teams and players to wait any longer though. We are still doing everything we can to bring the team to Florence, but at such a close date to the event, we are considering next steps if the team is unable to get the necessary legal clearance to travel.

IQA events 2019-2020 bid package

The International Quidditch Association today released the bid package details of the IQA Continental Games 2019 and IQA World Cup 2020. 

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Upcoming changes to the allowed jersey numbers

Our IQA Rulebook Team is hard at work on the new rulebook, IQA Rulebook 2018-2020, and we wanted to take this moment to give you all a heads up on one of the coming changes:

In future, the allowed player jersey numbers will have new restrictions.

Specifically, this changes IQA rule 2.5.2.C.ii, which currently states:
"Each player must have one of the following distinct numbers, letters or symbols on the back of the player's jersey:
a. A unique integer between 0 and 999 (a team may have either a 7, a 07, or a 007, but not all three or two of the three.
b. The symbols for Pi (Ⲡ), Infinity (∞), or Number (#) (this symbol is also known as pound or hashtag).
c. One of the following single capital letters: A G H J K N P R W X Y
d. Letters and symbols may not be mixed or combined with integers."

In the next rulebook, this rule will read as follows:
"Each player must have one of the following distinct numbers on the back of the player's jersey: a unique integer between 0 and 99 (a team may have either a 7 or a 07, but not both)."
(Because the new rulebook is still being finished, the exact wording in the final version might change slightly. The essence of the new rule, however, will be as above.)

This means the previously allowed integers 100-999 will no longer be allowed, nor will the previously specified symbols and letters be allowed any longer.

We have decided on including the change in the upcoming rulebook (IQA Rulebook 2018-2020), and provide you now with an announcement of future intent, so the IQA can implement this new requirement for its future international tournaments, excluding IQA World Cup 2018. However, we fully acknowledge this announcement comes too late for us to expect teams to start the coming season with all players in possession of a jersey following the changed requirement. As such, we would like to encourage NGBs to implement some kind of grace period, in which jerseys following the old requirements will still be allowed, for their domestic tournaments for a period that they seem fit.

This change was primarily made to make it easier for referees to call out player numbers, especially in international competition where a large subset of the referees will be officiating in their non-native language.

For any questions about the above change, please contact the IQA Rulebook Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bursary Program Outline

The IQA Bursary Program exists to assist member NGBs and Emerging Areas with expenses that they may be unable to cover themselves, and may be used to cover costs for equipment, education, program development, and research. It is available for all NGBs and Emerging Areas, however requirements for use differ depending on membership status.

Bursaries will be dispensed on a monthly basis beginning in May 2018. Applications must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to the month in which the bursary is requested. The bursary will be awarded on the first of the month, unless the first of the month is a tournament date for an IQA-run tournament in which case the bursary will be awarded within the first week of the month.

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IQA Budget for the 2017-2018 season

In its mission to develop quidditch on a global scale, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) has decided to publish its projected expenditures for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and for the 2018 IQA World Cup. We are also pleased to present the annual financial statement from the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and our current statement of income.

As you review these documents, please keep in mind that while the retrospective documents are fully accurate, both forward-looking budgets are living documents and therefore subject to change. These budgets were released to our members earlier this weekend and we have since hosted two Office Hours sessions to respond to their questions.

Another Office Hours session will be set up in April for the public to address questions on these documents or any other feedback you would like to provide to the IQA. Keep an eye out for the date and time!

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10 questions to understand the IQA World Cup 2018 teams & players fees

On late February 2018, the International Quidditch Association announced the IQA World Cup 2018 fees for teams ans players. In order to be very clear about the use of this money and the process behind this decision, the International Quidditch Association organized two Office Hours session by video conference with people from the quidditch community. 

Trustees Luke Nickholds and Andy Marmer replied to the community questions, with Executive Director Rebecca Alley, Finance Director Vanessa Sliva and Head of Business Development Tom Ffiske. 

You can find in this article the finance Q&A about the IQA World Cup 2018 teams & players fees. 

If you are interested in the full record of the two sessions, please follow this link.  

Fees are a lot higher than last time. Why is that?

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